Eventually I completed the first step, which was having a trailer hitch installed. Then two weeks ago Tony and I decided to get serious about the project. We went to the bike department of a nearby outdoor store and purchased a rack that had a platform that folded down to hold our two bikes.
|Not my vehicle, not my rack. Just a generic clipart.|
Having a rack to port our bikes around means we can really expand our range of destinations. The first weekend we were able to ride on a nice trail halfway across town from us. Another time I started at a trailhead instead of cycling to and from it, so I could spend more time actually on the trail.
This morning after breakfast we attached the bikes to the back of the car and drove to a 'rails to trails' greenway (which means it was converted from railroad to paved path) 10 miles away. The path ran next to a highway, crossed several streets, and was flat and easy. However, it was shorter than we thought, so when we reached the end we doubled back and exited at the first opportunity. We tooled around the area, and when we realized we were just a couple of miles from Son Donald's I called and said we were stopping by for a visit.
Fifteen minutes later we pulled up in front of his house, where he was sitting on the front porch. We had a nice socially-distanced chat, then got back on our bikes and rode back to the trailhead where the car was waiting. Our total biking distance was about 14 miles (which is nothing for an experienced cyclist), but about average for us.
Back at home we stabled the bikes back in the storage area until the next time we're ready to ride again.
Five years ago today: Can This Be Reused?