On Thursday, my dad came by to help load up the Haul-a-Day. I had bought a new rear rack since the one we had was pretty old and the straps were brittle. I broke one on the last attempt at driving with the HaD and I didn't think it would survive such a long trip at freeway speeds. While I was at the bike shop, I asked about a top tube adapter for the rack. When I mentioned I had a Bike Friday, the guy handed me one from the shelf. Sadly, when I got it out of the case, I realized that it was going to be useless. It was too long and didn't clamp down. I decided to try the upside-down trick again but with more straps.
We got into Eugene well after bedtime. The boys were really wound up but Alan welcomed us in and had set up a big tent in the backyard with nice foam mattresses. I was glad to not have to be cooped up in our tiny 2-person tent (yes, I know it's too small but I keep bringing it because I'm a weight weenie) for two extra nights. We also got to meet Fraeda, Alan and Theresa's daughter and also works at Bike Friday, who was busy building wheels on the couch.
While the team was bending over backward for us, I took my hooligans out to run down some of the residual crazies from the drive. They sure had a lot of crazy left over. Luckily Eugene has some beautiful paths. I was sorry that we didn't have more time to explore.
The campground was beautiful. There was a river just down a little trail and plenty of shade. The kids took over the road with their bikes and striders. We had a potluck dinner with an amazing amount of food that just seemed to keep appearing.
Back at the car, Theresa helped me load the bike back up and pack up our stinky gear. We made it on the road around noon. We were all pretty worn out from the long weekend adventures and our fuses were shorter than what we had started with. Luckily, we still had plenty of snacks and books. I'm pretty sure that Big Brother didn't stop talking for at least eight hours straight. Little Brother thankfully took a long nap.
My chipper kiddos were up bright and early as usual. Big Brother was excited to start Kindergarten and was especially happy about his new cycling gloves that Theresa and Alan had given him. He didn't want to take them off when he got to school!
*I should mention that while I would have loved to take the train more than anything, tickets cost about 4x more than what it cost for us to drive and the long train trip would have cut into our already minimal amount of time.