Big Brother is up north with my folks. Having just one child is such a breeze now, compared to the two. How did I ever complain before? Little Brother is relishing in our attention and the big guy is having a blast with Gilligan the Llama at my brother's farm. I'll join him on Friday to celebrate my Brother's wedding hoedown. We even get to sneak in a bike ride with some of my biking heros in Portland! I'll get to try out a Christiana trike and finally meet the biking moms I've worshipped on twitter.
The next day I fly to London. I spend a couple days with family there and they've assured me that there are bikes all around. I want to try out London's bike share system.
Next, it's off to Sardinia. My hope is to rent a bike for about a week and ride to the little town where my host sister from my NZ exchange student days will be getting married! A couple of days with the family and celebrations and a couple more days of exploring the island.
My last leg brings me up to Rome. I'm researching guided bike tours there. How exciting--visiting old friends and family, exploring by bike, and seeing new sights! This will tide me over until the next adventure comes along.
For now, packing. Trying to fit everything into a small backpack for two weeks to stay bikeable as I travel. Multipurpose clothing and functional shoes. Do I bring my own lights and helmet or rent when I get there. How many layers? Rain clothes? Wedding wear? Ditching my kiddos! I can't wait!