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the eric update - day 791: off the road on the rhode.

we had been in the market for a used bike trailer, so we were mighty happy to find one soon after moving to town.

exited at the prospect of biking around some of the 1,600 miles of state trails or any of the kickapoo tours or just out and about town, i promptly took the trailer down the street to a gas station to fill up the deflated tires and discovered a few hours later when one of the tires exploded that you need to fill up them up slooooooowly. it exploded ( quite loudly, i might add )a mere 20 minutes after trying to convince odin that sitting in the trailer would be fun. luckily for both of us, he refused and never associated the loud BANG! with the trailer or he would never, ever sat in the trailer again.

after a month of procrastinating, i finally found some time to fix the tire and whoooooeeeeee going biking with poppi is an instant hit. and in keeping with his love of adrenaline, the faster i can pedal, the better!

i think when the leaves start changing colors, it will be fun to get out to the famous elroy-sparta state trail which is part of the abandoned chicago & north western railroad bed and passes through three rock tunnels that range from 1/4 to 3/4 miles in length. rumor has it that stopping off for a bite to eat at the "pies are square" in wilton is not to be missed.

burley is the trendy brand in bike trailers, but the "rhode gear" was almost free which is about $500 dollars better than a burley. i couldn't find much on the reliablility of the model i bought, since it seems that bell sports bought the brand a few years ago and promptly shut it down. i'm sure if there were any safety recalls or major problems with them, someone will pipe up and let me know.

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9/04/2006 04:26:00 PM 1 comments


I took a memorable bike ride with my dad and older sis years ago on the Sparta-Elroy bike trail.

A couple of college boys and their sweethearts were riding along nearby also. The boys snuck off ahead of their girlfriends in the longest of those very very long and very very dark tunnels -- unfortunately for us, we didn't know this.

Just as we got to the deepest darks something/someone jumped out at the three of us (my dad holding our only flashlight) and scared the pee right outta me. They felt just terrible, apologetic up one side of the tunnel and down the other side as they tried to calm down my sister and me. I can remember screaming at that pitch only twice since then.

Aaah, the good ol' days. But I really do like that bike path : )

By Blogger mcbeth, at 9:47 PM  

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