Hey MyNaSc, this is my first blog post about our Big Bike Adventure that’s just for kids:
We’re busy getting ready for our bike ride across Canada. When we get there, we’re thinking we’ll turn right and head south. Yesterday, Lothar and I packed up our bikes to do a test run with them fully loaded. My gear weighed 82.2 pounds (that’s 37.3 kilograms) with all of the stuff that I plan on taking. Lothar’s weighed 64 pounds (29 kilograms) with most of the stuff that he plans on taking. When I got on my bike to ride it, I felt like I was learning to ride a bike all over again. Heavy. And wobbly too! When I got home, the first thing I did was unpack my bags to see what I could leave at home. I need to make my bike lighter. All that I could find that I thought I could do without was one book, one shirt, and one pair of pants. Oh, and I think I will leave my telephone behind. Maybe Lothar will let me use his.
Yesterday, I fell off my bike three times. Luckily, I only fell when I was getting on and off my bike so I wasn’t moving.
I think we might change our trip plans too…we were going to ride west first and then head north up the Stewart Cassiar Highway (Na: you know this road. It’s the road you take to get to Whitehorse.) After that we were going to head east to cross Canada. Now that idea seems like a lot of work to be doing in our own backyard (British Columbia and the Yukon) when we can easily do bike trips in western Canada when we get back home. So maybe, just maybe, we will head directly east from home (Smithers, British Columbia). That way we can spend more time playing in places like Quebec and Newfoundland!
So my questions for today are:
Should I bring the dutch oven? I love cooking with it so much that I don’t want to leave it at home.
What else can I take out of my bags that I can I live with out?
Should I ask Lothar to take some of the gear that we share so that we have equal loads?