Entries for month: August 2011
Though the boy is pushing his Trail-A-Bike’s pedals for all he’s worth, we still can’t make it up the sharp slope from the parking lot at Channahon State Park onto the Illinois & Michigan Canal Tow Path. He’s only eight years old; his locomotive contribution is marginal at best and negative on ascents. I stand on my pedals, but the rear wheel just spins in the loose gravel and I quickly put a foot down to keep the bicycle upright.
A multi-day bicycle tour has been on my to-do list for years now. Not having the gear or time yet though, we did the next best thing. An overnight bicycle camping trip at one of the local state parks! It turned out to be a lot of fun, and the best family camping trip ever. Here is the story of our trip.
I had done this trip so many times before but this was the first time since my crash. I had ridden through the winter taking just a month to recover. Still, I wasn't sure how I would feel.
After daydreaming about it for a while, I loaded up the bike & trailer and took off with my 2 year-old for an overnight camping trip. The spot we picked was Colossal Cave Mountain Park, about 20 miles from our house on the east side of Tucson.
In the early hours of my overnight, I stopped to watch the family coming my way. The young woman was smiling with two sleepy toddlers sitting in child bicycle seats somehow attached behind the seat of her bicycle. Trailing behind was a large bicycle trailer that appeared to be filled with everything, maybe even the kitchen sink. We were on the C&O Canal Trail several miles west of Harpers Ferry.