Yesterday, Scott had this grand idea to take our family of eight on a bike ride. This would be no ordinary bike ride. We have access to a trail, the American Tobacco Trail, on the outskirts of our neighborhood. This trail goes many places, but Scott’s idea was to take it downtown and end up at one of our favorite Durham hot spots, Mellow Mushroom. Honestly, I bit my lip a little when I heard this idea as it quickly spread throughout our home. This would be a huge endeavor. Scott began getting water bottles and pumping tires. He was serious. So, the question came…”Anna, are you coming?” He must have sensed some hesitation. I nodded yes and joined the giddy troop swarming on their bikes outside. We saddled up, telling each other that whenever we needed to turn around and head home, of course we could.
You must know that I am not a biker. I know how to ride a bike, it is just that I don’t spend time doing so. I don’t have a real adventurous spirit. I am working on that though. It is important to know how to have fun, to let loose and laugh. In this case (taking this bike ride), it was important to breathe deep, enjoy the breeze, savor the family time, forget the what ifs, sit back and enjoy the ride.
Our foster little beauties did an amazing job. Sure, all they had to do was sit, but for a 2 year old and an 18 month old, that can be tough. There was the occasional swatting, but they’d recover and really rolled with the whole trip.
Madelyn Virginia taking a break for water.
Me with Mads
This was the most exciting point of our bike ride. If we were in movie, it would be the perfect time you would hear the hallelujah chorus. We reached a clearing and saw downtown Durham. We had almost achieved our goal!
So happy, proud and hungry!
The picture within Mellow Mushroom didn’t turn out. We had a wonderful time eating, laughing and celebrating. We would not soon forget those moments.