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Good weather in Washington

Posted by on November 1st, 2011 5 Comments

October 24 2011 DSC 5147 548x362 Good weather in Washington

I love the feeling I get when I first catch a glimpse of a city skyline. To me, cities are exciting and full of energy, interesting people, shops and activities. I want to take everything in and see all the sights as I pass by, but have to remember to look down at the map to see where I’m going – cities are often tough to navigate! The frustrating thing about cycling through a city is having to stop frequently, pull off the road, find out where you are, and continuously look at maps and bike routes. And in Seattle, there was another factor to keep in mind – the terrain. Wow is that city hilly! And I’m not talking just hilly, I’m talking steep hills – at first glance, they look nearly vertical! I am super proud of all the cyclists that live in Seattle, they’ve sure got their work cut out for them.

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Fitting right in with another bikey family

Fortunately, when we arrived in Seattle via the Bainbridge Island ferry, we didn’t have to navigate far – our wonderful hosts were only a few miles from the terminal. We stayed with Brad and Claire and their two children, Thorvald and Astrid, who are almost the same age as Eden and Harper. Having a couple of playmates for a few days was great for the kids. They kept busy building train sets, playing instruments, reading, and of course biking. It was awesome to see the three oldest kids all on their small bicycles when we headed to the Children’s Museum for an afternoon.

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Islands and Ferries – Vancouver to Seattle

Posted by on October 29th, 2011 1 Comment

October 15 2011 DSC 4714 198x300 Islands and Ferries – Vancouver to Seattle

Anuk, Rebekka, Florian and Chan: fellow family cyclists

When the plans for our trip were still just in the dreaming stages, I searched far and wide on travel blogs and touring websites, hunting down other cycling families to get a window into what life on the road with kids might be like. Of the few I found, one of them was the Fischs. Swiss tourists Rebekka and Florian had just completed a cross-Canada tour when they became pregnant with their son Chan. A few years later, the three of them continued their journey from Vancouver, heading south down the coast in the same manor we are now, eventually reaching the southernmost tip of Argentina. Chan grew up on the road, riding in a trailer and later on his own bike alongside his parents. This family truly inspired us – showing that long-distance bike travel with a toddler was possible, and could be an enriching experience for the whole family. They really are one of the reasons we are on the road today!

After finishing their trip, the Fischs settled back in Vancouver and welcomed a second child, Anuk, into their family – and it is there that we were fortunate enough to catch up with them. Somehow all eight of us were all able to squeeze into their downtown apartment for an evening of playtime and storytelling. We had so many questions for them about the areas ahead of us – hearing about Mexico and Central America from the perspective of another family who had cycled there was a real blessing. Eden and Harper had a great time with Chan and Anuk – it was beautiful to see these little world travelers relate and play together.

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