(Photo taken with my iPhone)
It finally happened. My sweet Lillian finally rode her new bike on the road (she’s been riding it in parking lots up until this point)! She isn’t the type that deals with failure easily. She expects to pick things up quickly and if she doesn’t, she has a tendency to give up. Once she’s able to conquer something, she’ll put 110% into what she’s doing. Riding her bigger bike, wasn’t something we were willing to let her give up on. She’s grown so much in the past year. She no longer fits on the tandem bike attachment that went on my husband’s bike and since we love to ride together, we knew that this was something we would have to give her a gentle nudge to finally get the hang of. We haven’t been on River Road at all this year compared to our usual 2-3 times a week once it’s warm enough. The road is just over 11 miles back and forth from our house. It typically takes us anywhere from 45-60 minutes to complete and we usually only encounter a few cars during our rides which makes it nice and relaxing (not to mention being along the Battenkill River). Add in a few steep climbs (and one hill of death) and we have a great weekday workout! As she gains her confidence in the coming weeks, I’m not sure how often we’ll be able to get her out on the road as soccer practice has started up for the fall season. But I remain hopeful that when it comes time for us to head back to Acadia National Park next year for our vacation, she’ll be a pro and will be able to look at those beautiful carriage roads and say “I’ve got this”!