|Praying Mantis-- C was pleased when he realized that its head was shaped a bit like a bike helmet. Good thing we are a nutty family who happens to have uh... an extra bike helmet in the garage to spay paint and affix large eyes.|
|S was an android. That's a salad bowl on his head but to keep it up, we cut out a circular piece of foam and then taped a Nutcase helmet inside of it.|
|We were lucky that we only lost phone and internet for a couple of days. Some people in the state were without power for 11 days.|
|This looks like an ad for Bogs boots to me. Yup, we each have a pair.|
Recognizing the importance of getting a group ride in before the real winter started, we sent a quick poll to some committed local family bicyclists and it seemed that November 13 suited most. Without weeks and weeks to publicize the new event, we got word out best we could. With little idea just how well it would be attended, I was feeling a bit stressed and tried to squash the "I forgot to study for the exam" dreams that kept awakening me for numerous nights. We took advantage of a day off from school to ride and time the route ourselves. Come Sunday morning, while the sky appeared clear, might I admit to some less-than-stellar parenting moments as I tried to get the boys dressed and out for the ride early? Thankfully, my husband was still speaking to me as we saddled up and pedaled off to the meeting place.
We rode up to find one dad and toddler waiting. My boys greeted them enthusiastically and introductions were made. Over the next 20 minutes or so, 50 more participants arrived. That's right! Much to my extreme gratitude, we had over 50 riders for our hastily-rearranged inaugural KMNH ride. We had bicyclists, bikes, and wheels of all sizes. There was a nice array of kid-carrying velos from kid seats, cargo bikes, and trailers. We enjoyed the route that had us ride on a paved park path, a few urban streets, and one lovely residential one. We ended up back in Edgewood Park, many of us indulging in the most incredible almond croissants from SoNo sold at the Farmer's Market, and looking forward to our next KMNH Ride.
|Our friends just purchased this Madsen from our local bike shop but are waiting on their bucket. Isn't it great that they ordered Madsen Cargo Bike Love t-shirts???|
|Here we are waiting for the next group to get through the green light.|
|Thanks to V. Balbarin for these last two snaps.|
|No, we do not make our kids wear helmets when climbing trees. It just happened to be a favored activity after the ride before helmets were shed.|