Remember that time Vanessa and I did a 350km tour bike trip with kids?
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:
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!
|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
|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!
|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!