Faith has been taking Zane out for lots of bike and scooter rides lately, especially while I was out of town for a week. I was really surprised to see how much better Zane was at both of them, especially when it came to steering his bike. Going in a straight line and not driving into a ditch had been kind of low on his priority list, but now he does it without really thinking about it.
Yesterday I decided to try something new. To date we’d walked along with Zane while he rode, so I brought along my bike and the two of us set out for a bike ride on the rails to trails trail to Mascoma lake. I had no idea what to expect or how far we’d go, but figured it would be a fun adventure. Zane did really well. I’d say the one challenge, and I seem to remember it as a kid too, is when he slows down or stops and the pedals are vertical. It’s really hard for a kid to get them going in this position and I’d often give him a bit of a nudge to get going. I think the other downside to learning to ride a bike on gravel like this is the training wheels, which aren’t very streamlined and tend to slow down the bike more often than not. But he got lots of exercise!
We didn’t quite make it to the lake. When the “breaks” started happening every twenty feet or so and he actually complained that he was hungry, I knew it was time to turn around, even if he didn’t want to. I walked beside his bike for a while, giving him a bit of a boost so he wouldn’t slow down, but then I rigged up a rope to his bike and gently towed him back, which was a lot like walking Raz with a leash from the bike. Zane continued to pedal the whole way back and did a great job of steering out of the way for oncoming bikes and joggers. I turned on the GPS for the ride back and was surprised to see we’d gone two miles down the trail, for a four mile round trip!