There was only one other person on the tour with me and I was a bit surprised to find that there were only two bikes on the rack when I was picked up. Our guide, Daniel, drove us to the first of about six waterfalls and we hiked out a short distance while he began telling us about the area. Then, the other woman and I were given our bikes and set off to meet Daniel at the next stop about a mile down. We continued riding and hiking out to different falls for about 9 miles down the historic route. The road was mostly empty and the hikes were short but beautiful. At each stop, we met Daniel who gave us snacks and more information. It was a great combination of on- and off-the-bike experiences. At the end of the ride, we had some extra time so Daniel took us up to another waterfall where we could hike behind and get a different view.
While I was up in Portland, my sweet HaulaDay, Smurfette, was having her own change of scenery.
Luckily, she didn't sit around collecting dust while we were away. Kevin and his son went on a long night ride adventure, checking out the holiday lights and drinking cocoa while cranking out Christmas tunes. Kevin also took the HaulaDay to the store for groceries a couple of times and even rode it to work, probably putting about 100 miles on the bike that week. While it wasn't exactly set up for his riding style (mostly road biking), Kevin loved having all the cargo room and being able to take his son with him on more rides by towing his bike to the trails around Folsom. I had a really hard time getting the bike back from them when I returned.
We have some fun things coming up this year. I'm the new Bike/Pedestrian coordinator for an elementary school in Rancho Cordova and I have some new classes to teach. Also, I'm taking an Adventure Cycling leadership training in May to learn more about tour guiding. Big Brother is just about ready to pass down his Isla Bike to Little Brother which means his new bike will have a rack and gears. I'm looking forward to getting him on that bike and getting him to carry some of his own weight on our bike tours!
Here's to lots of new adventures and experiences in 2015!