Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on January 4th, 2006 at 8:06 am
On New Year's Day the girls and I joined about 100 or so others for the annual BTA New Year's Day ride. After a long trip down to Southern California it felt great to get out and pedal around the city. As an added bonus it was Danica's first ride ever! Danica is my 4.5 month old daughter and since she's getting pretty strong we figured it'd be OK to strap her car seat in the trailer and go for it.
I used two inner tubes to snug down her car seat and stuffed the trailer full of blankets and toys to keep her occupied. She loved it! Every time I looked back she was staring at the sky and the trees, making sweet little noises. I pulled her and Juli pulled Eleni (my 3 year old). Of course it started raining right as we left and there were some stiff headwinds but eventually we made it to the waterfront where the group was waiting.
We started out riding with everyone up and over the Burnside Bridge but since Juli hasn't ridden since before Dani was born and I had to stop a few times to tend to the little one, we were left behind. No worries though, there was still plenty of hot cocoa and cookies waiting for us at Laurelhurst Park.
After a nice lunch on Belmont Street we headed home via the 42nd street bike boulevard to our place in North Portland...passing by a ghost bike memorial and the new bikeway network signs in Hollywood.
It sure feels good to be home.
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