Friday, September 27, 2013

A Long Time Coming...

Before I started dating Dave I didn't have my driver's license so I biked (or walked) a lot. In all sorts of weather, at any time of day. However, when Dave and I got together, he had a car and so he encouraged me to practice driving and, about a month before we drove halfway across the country together, I finally got my license. And I left my bike in KW. We walked a lot in Edmonton, but then we had Sam, and then Rachel, and I drove a bit more. And biking kind of fell by the wayside.

Earlier this summer (like four months ago) I became very convinced that I should start biking again. And that I needed to bike with Sam and Rachel. So I got my bike back from Tim and Janice (who graciously stored it for me for six years), and we got it tuned up, and we got a bike attachment to turn our Chariot into a bike trailer and the kids and I got proper bike helmets. And we were all set.

But then we spent every last minute of our time painting/moving/unpacking and there was no time for our inaugural family bike ride. But yesterday, it finally happened.
Rachel's face in this picture cracks me up!
We didn't bike all that far, just a couple of kilometres, but it was great! I loved hearing Rachel and Sam laughing with the thrill of their first bike ride in the Chariot. And biking while also hauling about sixty pounds of kids and ten pounds of equipment was not all that bad. In fact, we left the bike arrangement set up so I can continue to bike with the kids. I'll keep you posted on how it goes...

Speaking of "a long time coming," my blog friend, Erika's post yesterday was one of the best things I have read on the internet in a very long time. Seriously, go and check it out :)


  1. Oh I LOVE this!!! I'd hoped to get a bike this year but bought furniture instead. HA! Hoping next year we can add biking to our list of loves. I'm SO excited for you, I can't stand it!

    1. I can totally understand the need for furniture! And we've been loving doing some biking. It's sooooo fun :)

  2. SO COOL! So is the Chariot a regular stroller of some sort and you rigged it up to attach to your bike? I always thought it was some kind of bike-specific trailer, but that is way better if it's more versatile! Very cool! And thanks for the shout-out!!! It's one of the best things I've ever written in a long time, that's for sure, haha!!

  3. I love it! I've been telling Jason that we need to start biking. I think it sounds like fun. I hauled 60 pounds of kiddos in a wagon last night on a walk, and well, my arms started to get tired walking up hill. Keep it up!!!

  4. Hooray! We have two bikes to get ready to go when the little ladies get a bit older.

  5. Oh, how fun! Eddie and I have talked for years about getting bikes to start riding and still haven't done so. I love that you are getting back into riding and that the kids get to enjoy the ride too. Erika's news is so exciting. You and I are definitely big advocates for adoption! :-)

  6. I've been thinking about getting another bike lately. My last one rusted out in the shed at 110. Too bad biking together would be so logistically challenging. :(


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