Monday, March 12, 2007

On Biking

What fun! Little Boy's first bike!!! On a perfectly cold day a few weeks ago, when he was literally bouncing off the walls from being inside, I thought - time for a bike! One of my sisters was a bit surprised... you're buying him a bike TODAY? It is freezing out. Well, yeah - that is the idea - we will get good service - they should be slow! So, with said sister in tow we set off to the bike shop where they adjusted 2 different bikes and 3 different helmets for him. Believe me, this all was a BIG undertaking, but after about 1 hour I do believe we found the perfect fit!

Cape Cod's old railroad bed has been turned into a bike path and this time of year on a cold day - well, it isn't crowded! Which is a good thing because right now he is just learning and it is nice not to have to worry about staying on the right side of the trail. And because it is Cape Cod - you might notice, no snow! We do get snow, but being surrounded by salt air, it very quickly melts. This leaves the rail trail bare and perfect for bike riding, even if we do have to wear winter gear. We just about live in our ski pants this time of year and I am honestly starting to believe that my son and I are the only 2 people on all of Cape Cod that wear ski pants on a daily basis, but at least we are staying nice and warm when we are outside.

In anycase - biking was a great bra
instorm - this is something that actually wears him out. We've started slowly - truthfully, I think it takes longer to pack up for riding than our actual riding time; afterall, he is only 3.5 years old, but he is liking it! We were doing great, and then it got really, really cold (10F which is -12C) so we weren't able to go at all this week. I don't mind some cold weather, but you have to draw a line somewhere. Today was super nice (in the mid-40's) and I noticed lots of cars in the parking lot so it would have been too busy today for him, being the weekend and all. But - the weather forcast seems promising this coming week so I have my fingers crossed for more bike riding.

And, in remembrance of my Mom... a photo of a special place.


12 comments:

Screen Door said...

Biking is one of my favorite activities.You've probably heard of Mackinac Island. They don't allow cars. We usually go every couple of years. Anyway - When he gets just a wee bigger, they make tandem (two-seaters) for Mom and kids...A small chair and a big chair. You both would love it. We have a full size tandem. It's great for parents. The kids use it for dates. Tons of fun....

Gail said...

What a good idea. I hope when Little Boy reaches those awful teen years that he remembers and appreciates what a remarkable mom he has. Actually, I hope for both your sakes that his teen years aren't awful at all - and after this child hood, they may not be.

The Calico Cat said...

How fun!

Doodlebug Gail said...

Oh how exciting for you both! I can see many lovely long bike rides for your both. Do you ride or run alongside with him? Great exercise as well ......

DubiQuilts - Debbi said...

I love to ride bikes. When my sons were younger we did it all the time. I had a bike trailer and when they were just months old, I would put their cars seat in the bike trailer and off we would go. They slept most of the ride. It was so much fun.

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

These are fantistic memories for everyone... for us, for you and for Little Boy! Thanks for sharing, he looks so very happy!

Linda_J said...

A red letter day for Little Boy! He sure looks happy with the bike!

We have a rails to trails here in our county and the one next that will eventually hook up with the one heading out of Atlanta. Wonderful use of the land!

Susan said...

He looks so cute on that bike. I think it's great that you are starting him now. I wish I had given my boys the habit of exercise when they were little. I didn't see any need with soccer and all the other things, but now I see that it would have been better to make it routine. Better for me, too! =)

cher said...

fabulous idea- could any little boy be happier? I think not. good thinking to dive in and do your scrappy red oceanwaves too...with a hand crank sewing machine, couldn't little boy also learn a bit of sewing?

Shelina said...

The first bicycle is such an important milestone. Your son looks great. I think you are timing his rides just right.

Karen said...

He looks so cute in those great photos. And so happy. It seems like yesterday...and now my son's heading off to college soon. You blink your eyes and they're grown.

katelnorth said...

He's such a cutie - my "baby", who is four now, loves his bike- and now that it's finally stopped raining here, he can actually ride it sometimes!