Grandmas Bike Over The River and Through The Woods

As I have mentioned in other posts, those three cycling Grands have moved to Sacramento for what we hope is a temporary move. But, that meant we would not be seeing that family this Thanksgiving. Jenny, Susan’s older daughter invited us to join them this year. Visiting this family is a little more involved as she lives a bit away which includes a ferry ride. So — The bicycling Grandmas start over the river and through the woods to grandchildrens’ house they go.

Deteriorating weather had us change our plans to bike to Edmonds for the ferry. We drove there to avoid potentially stormy weather in both directions.

Waitng for the ferry… Bikes go to the head of the line to be loaded first. We sure are loaded up with stuff for one overnight!

We enjoy some views and water fowl while waiting.

It’s a smooth crossing and within the half hour we are on the road to their house. The road has little to no auto traffic and when we get to the part that is curvy with no shoulder, Susan takes me on a paved trail through the Golf Course.

The trail has me just a touch intimidated! So I walk way too much of it. But the leaves, needles and moss across the path in the very wet conditions spell ‘disaster’ to me. Chalk it up to my accident last spring that involved a fractured pelvis I guess.

We both walk down the hill to cross the slippery bridge.

The trail is just over a mile and a quarter long and we are soon, blessedly, at the end and fairly near their house.

Though I did not take any photos of our delightful dinner, I did get one of our baker.

Four year old Etienne helped in the kitchen while his two year old brother Andre napped.

We had a delightful Thanksgiving day and evening with family and returned home the next day, reversing our route.

The “shortcut” trail through the golf course did not feel as intimidating this time and I rode just about all of it. Now I knew what to expect around curves and up and down some steep slopes!

Arriving at the ferry a little early, we watched as they were setting up the tree in the park.

Then got in line for the ferry that would take us to our car for the drive home.

This was the day after Thanksgiving. I could not resist taking the photo of this when we arrived in Edmonds.

Already ready for the next holiday.

 

4 response to "Grandmas Bike Over The River and Through The Woods"

  1. By: The Navigator Posted: November 28, 2018

    That looked like a really nice ride – though perhaps a bit damp. It’s always nice to have a friend/family stop as the overnight venue too! You’re right, trails and tracks always seem so much easier the second time when you know what’s coming.

    • By: NancyG Posted: November 28, 2018

      Indeed, we had a great “B&B” stay before the trip home. It was a good ride and we will repeat it this Sunday, but for only one day as it is to celebrate Andre’s two year birthday. Thanks for reading Em.

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: November 29, 2018

    Inter-modal travel — great idea!
    Always wondered about the panniers vs trailer for hauling. No experience with either one, but the trailer looks like an effective way to haul stuff.
    I have read there are advantages and disadvantages both ways.
    Liked the photos too!

    • By: NancyG Posted: November 30, 2018

      There are people in both camps or one — panniers of trailers!! I suppose it is very individual as to the experience one has with either. This particular trailer is a ‘travoy’ and attaches and pulls just a bit differently from a “flat” trailer. At some point I will try to post a photo of it from the side.
      Thanks for reading and for your kind comments.

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