We were cooped up and coughing half the day, playing with (fighting over) trains and Legos, but finally made it out of the house to meet a preschool friend for lunch at–you guessed it–Pel’Meni Dumpling Tzar. On the way there I finally talked to the dad who rides a bakfiets I’ve been stalking. I waited through a light cycle which meant getting barked at and gnawed on (by the kids), but it was worth it. They do indeed live in Wallingford (I saw the mom drop down to the Burke Gilman from the ‘hood one day) and have had the bike a few months, they know about the Kidical Mass rides, and that was all we had time for. They wisely got a weather cover for the bike–I don’t think I’ve seen them with the box exposed yet.
I think I’d make a million bucks if I “momvented” a lock for securing kids to bike racks:
The kids cavorted around the Statue of Lenin after lunch and it turned out to be a good thing I put their helmets on prematurely–the little guy whacked into the bronze head first a couple times.
I had wanted to go by Trader Joes on the way home, but the kids were both tired and the little kid started attacking his brother. I love the Big Dummy, but it was certainly nice to have them separated on the city bike. I considered swapping their seats, but wasn’t sure I should have a rampaging toddler unrestrained directly behind me. A bus-load of 44 passengers got to see me pry his mouth off his brother’s jacket before we pulled off 45th where I was able to reason with him. Still better than driving a car with a screaming kid.
Today’s miles: 4.2 miles
April cumulative: 72.2 miles