I love taking the kids for bike rids and I’ve found that going for a bike ride with the kids doesn’t have to be a dull, mundane trip around the block. I’ve added several bike trips to our Family Fun Planning sheet.
I have a pick up truck and a bike rack on the Jeep to transport our bikes. A couple of months ago I visited the wisconsin tourism website and had a bunch of brochures mailed to me including one that listed all the states bike trails. Today we’re heading to one of the local parks that is a couple of miles away. We’re going to spend the day bike riding, playing frisbee golf, reading some books, and have a picnic lunch. I have a basket on the front or back of my bike, so I’ve packed lunch in an insulated lunch bag and filled the camel packs with water. Everyone has lightweight backpacks to wear that they can put their jacket in and whatever else they decide they have to drag along with us.
You wouldn’t believe what I did one day when it rained on one of our planned bike trips? My mom had given me one of those stationary bikes ( you know — the thing in the corner of your bedroom that you hang clothes on) I lugged that thing out and let every one take turns riding bike. It was great fun; the picnic lunch was already packed, along with our back packs which had a few good books. So we just straped on the camel packs (I decided to forgoe the frisbee golf!), and we had a really fun rainy day.Everyone took turns riding the bike and when we reached our destination we had lunch, read some of the books together, and just enjoyed each other’s company.
If you take a bike trip somewhere with you kids take along a camera and get some good pics of your trip. You can e-mail me one if you want and I’ll add it to the Surviving Summertime newsletter. You can send the pic to
Have a great weekend everyone!!