Every once in a while, elementary schools ask parents to show up and sit in on presentations. At our local school, this is apparently cause for the PTA to meet as well. On Wednesday -- a day of one such illustrious event pairing -- our youngest daughter had spent the day at the zoo and passed out in the car, and my wife and I were unsure how to let her sleep while getting everyone to their destinations with a means of getting home.
After much confusing discussion, we decided the best way was to stop at home, throw our oldest daughter's bike in the back of the car, and let me ride to the school with the trailer. That would let me take the youngest home while riding with the oldest, and give my wife the car for her late-night return.
As she pulled back out of the driveway, though, I was struck with inspiration. When I bought my touring bike, I also picked up a toddler ride for the youngest, one without training wheels that she could practice on at home. We haven't had much opportunity to use it yet. This, it seemed, was a perfect time to let her ride around on an open playground and/or fields and work on her balance safely.
Clearly, then, her bike had to go in the trailer in such a way that she would be able to ride back in the trailer as well. Turns out this Burley trailer is pretty amazing.
We stuck around at the playground until the sun started to drop below the trees, then dashed home. The oldest made an impressive push up the final hill (her first time, I believe, riding that without walking), and we watched the sun set as we crossed the highway on our way to the final descent to home.
Happy Walk to School Day!
Mash out. Spin on.