It arrived! Ramona’s new birthday bike sparkled and shone and, most importantly, was a cinch to put together. Since it arrived she’s been around the block and back a hundred time (metaphorically speaking) and each weekend begins with a request to go somewhere biking. It’s been a massive hit so Thanks to everyone for your input and ideas!
Finally, for Eomer’s 3rd birthday weekend, we stacked the bikes in the van and headed to Portland for family visits and off road biking. Phil and Ramona saddled up and took the steep route up up up then around the top of the island, following the cliffs and quarries, finding the muddiest puddles and scrabbling down rocky slopes.
Ramona is naturally quite reserved with her ‘adventure sports’ and it was a massive moment for her to experience the wild abandon of off road down-hills; the speed and exhilaration of simply feeling the wind flying through your hair (albeit under a helmet!).
She’s been bitten by the biking bug and burst through the door pink cheeked and utterly mud splattered in that classic ‘line up the back’. It was a truly heart-warming moment – having done just the same many times myself on Portland, where I grew up. So many tumbles still to come, grazes to mop up, but nothing beats that downhill finish buzz!
Eomer and I went for the more sedate route along by the sea. Although hardly slow, as he’s suddenly worked out just how fast he can go on a balance bike so I’m up to scampering along next to him. His steering has improved too – just now pretty erratic so the outing was spiced up still more by occasional lunges to grab him as he aims and lurches towards the edge and drop off!
Phew, birthday biking: an all round heart racing experience…more please, bring it on!
About the Author
About Me & Mine
Having lived in N. Devon for the last 12 years, we recently moved across to the other side of the world and now live in New Zealand on the North Island. Our adventurous family includes my husband Phil and 2 small cheeky children: Ramona 8½ and Eomer 5½. I have a wonderful day job as Lead teacher in the sensory unit of an SEN school and spend as much time as possible outside, exploring nature and environments both on our doorstep and further afield.
Favourite place in the world:
Hmm, that's really tough! I loved the west coast forests of British Columbia in Canada, such a humbling, incredible place - tall trees right down to the big ocean waves. There's a whole lot of other places I'd love to explore though...moving to New Zealand has opened up a whole world of new adventures and we’re slowly finding new favourites to add to the list.
Sea, mountains and forests in any combination please!
Favourite things to do outdoors:
Again, lots of favourites. Definitely a mix between walking, cycling, surfing, camping and exploring, combined with taking time to notice detail of a place, hear the sounds and absorb the changes over time and seasons. Active and quiet times are both invigorating for different reasons.