Arriving at the camp site and looking up. Goldstream is pretty nice and in the shade the temperature is perfect.
It is hard work sitting on a chariot, need to replenish.
On our way to Goldstream for the weekend.
Cycling and coffee go great together, and it looks like a group in Portland has a group that rides early in the morning to make their coffee, outside.
I couldn’t think of a better way to start a morning.
Chariots are a pretty big commodity among young families. We are not excluded from that group. After getting a taste of cycle touring on May long weekend, we have been searching for a good deal on a bicycle trailer.
Thanks to a great service called IFTTT, I was able to get a notification on my phone every time someone posted a used chariot on UsedVictoria, ask me how and I can tell you how to set it up. When a good deal came up, I emailed a response as quickly as I could so I would be first in line to view the Chariot.
This is what happened last week, a killer deal for a Chariot trailer was posted on UsedVictoria, in which I was the first to respond and as a result we now have a chariot. The photo above is the jogging mode, but you can attach it to a bike and go for a ride. This weekend we plan to head to Goldstream campground with some friends and try out our new bicycle trailer.
We haven’t been able to do a bicycle tour for some time. We want to do one this year, but we are a bit rusty, plus we need a few practice runs to see what it is like with Oliver. This weekend was our first practice run. We borrowed a Mec bicycle trailer from a friend and cycled up to Gulf Islands National Park reserve and stayed at the McDonald campsite. The total distance was 30 km and it was a good introduction to cycle touring with kids.
Cycling with Oliver is a lot different than just cycling with the two of us. Here is what we learnt from this weekend:
- Our tent is way to small, even though Oliver is a child, our 2 person tent is too small, we will need to get a larger tenting, we are thinking of the Mec Volt A/C 3 person or something similar
- Take lots of breaks, Oliver didn’t like being in the trailer for longer than an hour at a time and time your breaks with a playground
- Rain or shine? Stick with shine, Oliver loved being outside and if it was raining it would not have been that much fun
- A couple of toy cars and ball are all you need for hours of entertainment when your camping
- A trailer with carrying capacity is a great way to bring extra stuff
- Camping with a child isn’t that much more work than staying home all day with a child
Although Oliver can’t talk in sentences, we know that he had a good time being outside. From trying to help me setup the tent to exploring the great outdoors Oliver loved every minute of it. The only time Oliver was unhappy is when we forced him to wear a helmet in the trailer. The trailers don’t seem to be well designed to fit a helmet so we had to find a way to make it work. Once we did he was happy, but this is a bit of a challenge.
The McDonald Campground is one of many areas included in the National Gulf Island Park Reserve. Although near the highway to the ferry, this small forested section was pretty quiet and was pretty nice. Because it took us half a day to ride to the campground, it felt we were really far away from Victoria, but in reality Tanya’s office was only 10 minute drive away. Sidney was a 10 minute ride from the campground, which is where we at dinner.
The Next tour
We both felt that this was a smashing success. Oliver loved camping and it we think we are ready for a longer trip. There are so many options around here we already dreaming of our next trip. But first, we need to get a bigger tent and find a solution to carry Oliver.
Tanya isn’t one for black coffee, but she found to make a coffee suitable to her tastes. Not bitter but very rich.
The Aeropress is great for making coffee, even when your camping. The simple design and plastic components make it super durable and easy to clean. Making great coffee while camping is easy.
Oli loves being outside and camping is a great to be outside a lot. Here he was having fun in the woods.
We arrived at the campsite, it took us about 3.5 hours to ride 29km (we took a few breaks for Oliver).
The ride was great and the weather was surprisingly nice. The last 30 minutes of the ride were a bit tough for Oli. It was a long day for him and he was getting hungry and tired at sitting in the trailer.
We set up camp quickly and we are curious to see how the night will go, 2.2 people in a 2 person tent.
This is our first trial run at cycle touring with a child, if all goes well, we will hopefully do a few longer tours this summer.