Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Attempted Bike Trip #2

Well, that was back when I had two kids and she had none and people still thought we were insane. And there were moments on that trip I remember feeling slightly insane.
Thankfully, in life, the moments of fun usually come to mind before the less enjoyable memories! Also the complete satisfaction we both felt to have completed that trip, with kiddos in tow, made me want to try it again someday!

So we tentatively planned it for this summer.  
But as the date approached some apprehension started to appear... 
Wait... didn't we say if we did it again adults would have to out number kids... and there is me (Kimberly) and you (Vanessa) for adults and now 5 kids between us... um... huh.... ya... isn't 5 great than 2? Can a 7 year old and a 4 year old bike 20+km a day? If they couldn't, could we somehow strap on their bikes and haul them as well? With all our gear? Would I physically, actually be able to pedal my bike loaded like this? (Answer: NO!) Would Mom and Dad be willing to be a support vehicle? Will Dad have his hay put up in time? Would a 4 year old be able to bike along the side of a busy-ish road without gawking at the butterflies and accidentally swerving into traffic? And lastly, are we actually insane?!!! (Answer: YES!)

So, in the end, after the trip location got changed a few times and the length shortened, the whole trip got hacked to a one night tenting campout, where one of the days we will bike some to see how that goes, sort of a trip.

So here it is: 
The bike trip ride from one mountain lake, Wallenstien Lake, to another, Arthur Lake with 2 support vehicles, 2 adults riding bikes, 2 kids riding bikes and 3 kids getting a free ride! The roads were of course gravel and bumpy rocks (boo) but no traffic (yeah) and we biked somewhere between 15 and 20km, we kind of forgot to keep track of that. We ended at Arthur lake with 2 adults and 1 kid still on their bikes!

Here is the biking crew! Gung-ho and ready to go!

Jax riding in the luxury wagon which put him right to sleep
only to wake up 20 minutes later from all the bumps and jolts
that are part of riding in the backcountry.

Miss Too Cool for School, riding in her seat up front.

Amelia, riding behind her Mom on what turned out to be the
prime rib of spots!

Tristan ready to go!

Shayla leading the way out from Wallenstien Lk.

Mya was the first to ditch the bikers and join the support crew...
oh about 10 minutes in!

Here we are hooking Shayla up to my bike with paracord to help
her make it up steep hills in the later part of the ride when
she was tiring out. That and swatting at the mosquitos,
there were seriously millions and they would attack
viciously whenever we stopped... needless
to say we rarely stopped!

Shortly after Mya went in the suburban, we talked Amelia into
riding with me in the handle bar seat and Tristan hopped on behind
Aunty and said he was riding in that spot from now on! Apparently
his peddling helped on the uphills and sometimes he got a little too
crazy on the downhills and she had to shout at him to stop peddling!

As soon as Jax woke up and saw that Mya was driving in
the car with Gramma, he joined Grampa in the truck and never
came back out on the bikes.  I wasn't even sad about his decision
because I got to ditch the bike trailer and that lightened my load!
Mya, our trip photographer, forgot to get a picture of Jax and Grampa.

Amelia was hardcore and was one of the final 4 bikers left out on the trail.
(At the last fork in the road, Tristan had joined Grampa and Jax in the truck.)
But sleep finally overtook her and we swapped her into a carseat.

So, Mya joined us for a bit...

...until this comfy spot lulled her to sleep as well.

Shayla; the only kiddo to make it all the way to Arthur Lk.
Nice work girlie!

And then, because Arthur Lk had someone already camping at it,
we drove a few km more to Spa Lk so we could have a lake all
to ourselves. Wouldn't want to share a lake or anything!

And then, because we had trucks along to haul stuff,
we could do fun things like fishing.

More biking for The Three Musketeers, who weren't
tired out from their day of biking catching a ride!
Hanging out at a beautiful mountain lake, where the thousands of
mosquitos didn't seem nearly as bad as the millions that were on the trail!

And canoeing! 

Wouldn't have been canoeing on a real tour bike trip!

And the next day, on our drive home we stopped at Pillar Lk
 for a swim and a glimpse of the pillar and a plunge into the water
 from a rope swing... you know, just some good old mountain fun!

So there you have it folks... Bike Trip #2.
Not so much a bike trip...
but a lot of fun!


Anonymous said...

Nice pictures...definitely captures the "bike" trip. From Mya and my viewpoint there weren't many mosquitoes......if you never opened the truck window (He!He!)!!!! Regardless of bugs, it was a lot of fun! I would be support vehicle anytime! LOL
Love mom (Farm Gramma) :)

Amber said...

At least you can say you tried! And when you try again in 2 more years (?) that will seem SO easy!!

vanessa said...

We are insane! glad we revised and revised that trip to make it manageable.... could you imagine trying to do that without a support vehicle?? (what i wanted) or multi day over a mountain (what we both wanted!!)
Thank goodness for those wise, experienced people in our lives, with the subtle hints that it would be ok to try something less intense at this point in our lives!! ;)
looking back that was a very fun tip, packed full of many fun activities!!
woo hoo
we'll reassess in two summers ;) or next summer?? 5 month olds like bike trips right?