We found a trail-a-bike (tag-a-long) on Craig's List yesterday and I picked it up today. We should have gotten one in the beginning of the summer... oh well.
We hooked it up and Simone and I went riding off into the summer day. She had a blast, and so did I. Simone felt very confident on the bike (after the initial 30 seconds of "I'm tired"), and about half way into our ride she was pedaling enough that I could feel the help. I'd occasionally stop pedaling (on request) so she could be the one to make us go, and I'd do all the steering.
We went through Avery park, to Noah's house (he wasn't there), and then on to Bohdie's (he was, we chatted for a few minutes), and then we came back through Avery park to see the big train engine there. All in all, we covered nearly 8 miles, and Simone would have easily gone another 4 (she was asking to go further).
Instead we came home to connect with Mary, who was hanging out at home recovering from her first half-marathon. Yay Mary! She did it with Tracy (Bohdie's mother), so the papas and the kids rolled down a little later to catch the mamas as they crossed the finish line. Tracy finished 49th out of the 1000 - running way fast (about 1h45m). Simone and I walked them back to their car and made it back to the finish line a few minutes before Mary crossed - so we cheered her on.
Anyway, we came home from the bike ride to tell Mary all about it, and then headed out to Alsea Falls for a little hike and to cool our feed in the water. We rarely go out there, and I don't know why - it's lovely. We crossed over the creek and headed down the trail to where it got a little slippery. But we made it down to the water and hung out in the bottom of the gorge on big rocks, wading in the water, feeling as though we had the entire forest to ourselves.
A wonderful labor day to finish a great weekend.