Welcome everyone! Our 2012 Summer Excursion series will recap our experiences from June 3-?? by time and location, and follow up with more detailed topics about finances, family and finesse. Please let me know if you would like more details about anything and I will do my best to work them in or reply personally.
D8: The next morning, Sunday, we arranged to have breakfast with my childhood friend, Jennifer Kitta, her husband and their three girls at Karen’s before they headed out for vacation. This brought the head count up to six adults and nine children! I seem to be attracted to larger families.
That afternoon Elliot and Avery went to a Dayton Dragon’s baseball game with Karen’s crew and Brent, Oliver and I caught up on laundry and housekeeping. Our first day of staying put. Ok, we all biked to Dairy Queen for ice cream, but that was all.
D9: Monday June 11, we arranged to drive down to Farmersville, OH, to test ride a Bike Friday triple tandem. Bike Friday found this owner for us months ago and this was the closest we would be for quite a while. This was our first day in the van and it happened to also be our first day of rain.
Brent took the two eldest for a test ride, then we mixed it up with Avery and then I gave the tandem a go. Brent seemed to really be getting into it, and I must say it was beautiful to watch all their legs pedal in unison, however, I found riding the bike very odd. It was awkward for me to turn and get a sense of who was pedaling and how to balance, but it was a quick ride. There was certainly a lot of cooperative communication that would need to happen to ride such a bike. I can see it being a good source of team building or couples/family therapy. I keep thinking this bike would be a good solution to transporting children to school, but I don’t see it being useful for much beyond the commute. We haul too much cargo, and we have four children, not two. While I could put one more child on the tandem in a child seat, I just can’t imagine how to fit the fourth. I would love to rent/borrow one for a tour/extended trip (such as the one we just completed!), but I don’t see adding it to our fleet just yet.
That evening Karen took me and our eldest girls shoe shopping in Dayton. I had been on a quest for summer shoes for years and we were successful in finding a pair of Merrells that fit most of my criteria and my feet (wide, size 10-11 depending on fit, higher arch and just plain picky). I would liked to have had a closed toe, but so far these shoes are proving to be very durable and bike worthy.
What ever did we get into next?