Monday, May 14, 2012

All around Philadelphia

Saturday, was absolutely wonderful here in Philly. It lives up to the always sunny title for sure. We woke up bright and early; ate a hardy breakfast and we were out the door on our bikes. Our original plan was take ride West River Drive to 30th Street Station for National Train Day, however little guy fell asleep on the bike so we decided to hang at the park on Locus and the river so he could grab a full nap.

We parked the bike nibble on snacks and let the little guy rest. I'm pretty sure we are going to pick up the sleep roll that yepp makes for times like this. But for now I just put my cardigan on the handle to pad him out. While lounging a couple with two kids walked into the garden we were parked in front of and I swear to god lost all manners and screamed "omg he is asleep, poor thing", luckily he didn't wake. Also saying "poor thing" makes this mama bear ready to scratch your eyes out. Just a tip people if a child is sleeping in anything he is comfy. So please don't be an asshole. I gritted my teeth and said he is comfy and yes asleep. (ps this women's kid was in a bike helmet in a stroller... Over protective or toddler dressing himself?!).

After the sprout woke up we let him down to stretch the limbs and eat crackers. What can I say the little guy bikes so hard he needs fuel. We changed our plans since A. The train say started an hour ago B. it was so nice we couldn't picture being indoors. So we decided to bike down to our favorite bike shop and then hit up the Art Star Craft Bazaar at Penn's Landing. We headed out down Pine Street since it has a bike lane, however most of the streets had cars parked in the lane which drives me batty. They eliminated a car lane to add the bike lane so no parking was even eliminated. The worst is when the drivers get mad when I ride by and yell at them. Around the gayborhood a women waved and milo and exclaimed to me "he's smiling" I laughed who wouldn't smile on a bike on an absolutely awesome day.

We dropped by Bicycle Revolutions and showed off the Halsted thy built for us with our new added Yepp mini seat. They loved it and also loved Milo's rash guard from PoP that he was sporting again. He looks like a hardcore biker in them. After a quick Drop by the store down the street for sunblock (I am the queen of forgetting it and baby natural sunblock is expensive!!!) we were off to Penn's Landing.

While parking we impressed onlookers with our setup we kept receiving "that is so awesome" and one older man was seriously impressed with the welding of our bike. A little girl around seven was concerned for the safety, haha not a little wild thing I guess.

The craft bazaar was great, lots of neat etsy vendors. Milo was obsessed with the water fountain that runs the length of plaza. And threw pretty little tantrums that he couldn't play in it. After the crafty explosion we headed to Fork Etc. to grab some lunch. I de to run a historic site in Old City and would eat here all the time. I still miss the tasty.

RIding in Old CIty on the weekend is always a pain. There are tons of out of towners not use to sharing the road or looking out of the door before opening it. There are also horses and carriage and I try hard not to spook them when passing. Being in a high volume area like OC reminds me why the yepp seats are way better for us then a trailer. I would loose my mind not having an eye on the little guy the whole time.

By the time we reached the path to ride back home along the river, milo wanted a second nap. We pulled over again since we were just enjoying the nice day. Lots of other bikey families and bikers on the path.

So multi use rec. path tips for those not carrying kids. I am on a heavy bike with cargo and kid I do not ride fast, I am fine with being passed. However if you see me going down hill the weight makes me go quicker. I hate when someone in the opposite lane cuts into you I'm jamming on the brakes and shooting you the look of death. Also if you are a walker or runner that bell/on your left call is asking you to remain single file on the narrow path so we can safely pass you!

Following the nap, we did a bit of breastfeeding in the park since he wasn't wanting snacks or water. And then we were off down West River Drive, about two miles from home we hopped off and stopped at the "comfort station" I laugh at that term. I let the little guy run around but man was this place sketchy. We did however see the cutest family of geese! And we caught a few minutes of the Dad Vail rowing competition in the river.

By the time we mounted and got home we received a few more excited bike riders complimenting us on the Halsted. We were a half block from home and were stopped by a neighbor asking us about the Yepp as they just bought one, yeah a bike family super close! Must stalk them.Once we were home we set up Milo's private water fountain and chilled out. All in all we crisscrossed the city and ride around 20 something miles. Not a bad day at all. 

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