Despite some of the cold, wet, and windy weather we have encountered so far, we have seen plenty of gorgeous evenings and afternoons. Love this photo of Eden taking advantage of one of those moments to fly the kite she has been waiting all winter to play with!
Clear skies and warm weather were such a great welcome the morning of our departure day – especially after a week of rain. We awoke with queasy stomachs and the realization that the day we have been planning and gearing for over the last two years was finally here. Now we just had to get on our bikes.We had, predictably, been up late the night before accomplishing an assortment of tasks. Everything from the final packing of all the ‘things’ we would be bringing with us, to filing tax paperwork, sewing of additional DIY gear, and putting items left behind into storage. Despite all this there were many things we did not complete – so we hope that we can still work on a few tasks from road.
For the last three weeks we have been living with some incredibly generous friends. They have opened up their house for the invasion of a family with two young kids – no small undertaking! We appreciate them so much and cannot thank them enough for what they have given to us through this arrangement. Faye and Rich: you are awesome!
Our rush through breakfast and our horror at the final weight of our loaded bikes lead to a short ride back to our home for our Farewell Party. We were absolutely floored and honoured at the many people who were there early on a Saturday morning with words of blessing, encouragement and prayers of safety flowing from their lips. Saying goodbye is truly hard, and our friends have truly blessed us on our way.
As many of you know, xtracycles are awesome, child-transporting machines. They really come into their own on missions around town with the kids, making things possible with a bike that used to only work well with a car. Out on the open road, things are a little different. The longer rides through rain, heat, and cold that we’ll encounter on our journey call for a little more protection from the elements – even with the multiple seating options that we have planned for.
Our answer to this problem was to construct a sun and rain cover to shelter both kids. Inspired by those who have gone before us, we set out to find a solution that worked really well, was lightweight, portable and easy to take on/off the bike.
On Saturday we gathered along with 40 or 50 other cyclists at a local park for the first annual Hamilton Blessing of the Bikes. The weather was bright, sunny and warm — a stark contrast to the dreary, rain-filled days we have become accustomed to over the past few weeks. It was the kind of day that makes you excited for the summer and all it’s cycling possibilities.