The three boys, K, and I rode out along the peaceful rolling hills toward Rancho Murieta. While there were plenty of other riders and many spandex'd, we didn't have any issues with wannabe pelotons, except for one guy who barked at us for not getting totally off the road when we stopped for a quick break. Other riders were very encouraging to the boys, cheering them on as they cranked up the hills and sped back down. Little Brother couldn't spin fast enough with his tiny crank arms and single speed but figured out how to coast so that helped keep his feet on the pedals. Big Brother still can't downshift his bike but had no problem doing the whole thing on a single gear, standing up for most of the ride. We saw lots of our other bikey friends riding around and everyone had giant grins plastered on their faces.
Little Brother pedaled about 6 miles then took a break by hitching on the back of the HaulaDay. We made it out 10 miles where the Nature Conservancy had a rest area with Jamba Juice. On the way back, Little Brother hopped on and off the back of the HaD a few more times during our 21 mile ride. The two bigger boys rode the entire thing without a complaint! It was a beautiful day and was starting to heat up as we made it back to the starting point. There was a food truck and music playing as we rested up before the drive back home.
This whole event was a wonderful experience for all of us. While K and I wished we could have ridded the rest of the route, the boys were (understandably) tired and had done such a great job. The roads were beautiful and it was so relaxing to ride without having to constantly be on guard for passing motorists. The boys had so much fun being able to ride at their own pace and have a little more freedom. We will definitely be back next year! We need more car-free roads, hopefully some closer to home, too.