Eden got a bike for her 4th birthday, sadly it has had minimal use, in fact she has just about outgrown it without hardly ever riding it; the joys of living on the ninth floor combined with laziness (on my part, not hers!)
Lately I have been making more of an effort to get the bike out of our ‘garage’ a.k.a storage unit and letting her practice and surprisingly she has got pretty good.
So good that one day last month I took both girls down to the seawall to let Eden ride her bike, while I pushed Clio on one of those trike things.
It was on this bike ride Eden & I came up with the brilliant idea of doing a family ride. Our plan was to head to Araha early one morning with our bikes and the bike trailer for Clio, ride along stopping at cafe’s along the way (pancakes for breakfast, a snack here etc) until we got to the Sunabe end of the seawall, eat lunch, then head back.
Last Monday Matt had a random day off work so we decided to attempt it, however upon waking up I remembered that Matt’s JCI was coming up (JCI is some Japanese vehicle inspection similar to a NZ WOF but costs a pretty penny) and it would make sense for him to spend the morning doing this…amazingly it passed.
Our new plan was to do the ride after Clio’s nap and stopping for snacks & dinner instead.
Well Clio didn’t nap which was actually great because we were eager to make a start on our bike ride, but it also meant she was a total crab and didn’t want to sit in the bike trailer!
It took Matt & I both to hold her down & get her strapped in and then the only way she would stay happy was if Matt was riding.
As soon as I started cycling I realized what a terrible idea this was because quite frankly not only do I not enjoy riding bikes, I suck at it because I am afraid! I even have a ‘kids’ bike because I wanted one where I easily touch the ground with my feet, I am sad to say that even on my kids bike my feet barely make it to the ground.
Wanting to set a good example for Eden, I pedaled on, reluctantly.
We only made it from Araha to the beginning of Sunset Beach (maybe about 1/4 of the distance I wanted to go), ha, what was I thinking that we would get all the way to Sunabe end AND back!
The problem was, it was really hot, and being surrounded by water and one kid who just LOVES being in the water bike riding just didn’t have the same appeal as it once had.
We decided to park up the bikes at Sunset Beach grab some non-alcholic cocktails for the girls and spent an hour hanging out at the beach.
The ride back to Araha took a lot longer than any of us wanted, especially Eden who was completely wet from being fully emerged in the water and I suspect was experiencing some chaffing of sorts!
With lots of breaks and large doses of encouragement we made it to Bear’s a Hawaiin style restaurant, minus one pair of flip flops! (Matt even ran the same route a few days later to search for his favorite pair of flip flops, they were no where to be seen).
Needless to say I think Eden & I need a bit more cycling experience before we attempt the Araha-Sunabe-Araha ride, which I am determined to do before we leave (and preferably before Clio want’s her own bike).