This is like a tradition already - to spent fall, winter, spring and summer breaks at Nadia's school at the bike trip.
I am not person who can buy ticket to the Florida or Mexico and be at the beach all day .. It is boring to ME ( but I still dreaming on day to come to the ocean to swim ) .. I love challenges, new places and traveling.. That is why I love bike trips. And I want to teach my girls that style.. Probably, when they grow up and will make their own choice what to do, may be they will not keep going to do this.. Who knows!? But they will have experience.
Anyways.. I planning to go somewhere during the spring break. But I don't have any ideas, routes where we will go... till the day of the start. I just look at the map and choose course on the south of Minnesota to Mankato. Why Mankato ? I have no answer.. just because I do not know good that area ...
New thing in that time was our start from home. Regular Dan bring us for the city boarder .. And this time I wanted to make start from home with all stuff on the bikes. I do not want to be during the work week( for Dan ) so far away from city ... If something will happened he do not need to skip job ... and after work can pick up us. When you have 2 kids at your trip anything could happen.
Regular I make "list with stuff" which I have to take with.
Because it is hard to keep in the mind all camping stuff, all for bikes and all for girls and me..
Every time it is much easier to do. But I always have EXTRA stuff...
One day I will made post what I take with for trips.
2 winter sleeping bags, tent for 3 person,3 sleeping pads, cooking stuff, some emergency food + food for Yeva and snacks (most food I buy at the stop - impossible put this all on 1 bike), clothes, medicine, a lot of devices (21 century!!!) .... clothes for different weather for 3 of us....
I used Garmin and just took roads what I liked which had course to the Mankato... It was so funny do not have any plans, routes, plans for night place... Just keep going...
Yes, during the trips mostly we eat at that place or gas station. I do not like spent a lot of money during the trip and Nadia LOVE Mc. Donald's.
I stopped at one farm house with huge peace of the land and asked woman about permit to put my tent for the nice. She let us to do it. I saw that she is selling Maple syrup and bought on big jar (kind of my payment for the night ) .
In that day we rode 55 miles.
I bought small radio.. All my mountains trips we always had a radio... It is makes you trip more funny. And we took it with and it works nice . I love music at night in the tent.
I always use nature stuff to clean dishes .
We where wet when we came in Mankato. McDonalds... and I had to make decision -where we will stay at night? Mankato SO big city..and we had to go out of it..
At the end of this small town I found farm house and asked permit to put tent. They let us to do it. And HAPPINESS - warm sleeping bags, some food ( I do not cook nothing) and play together and watched cartoon, and good night...
In the morning all around were wet , but no rain anymore.
In our plans where to ride one more day. But life and Yeva changed our plans...
The eggs, which we got from the farm , where at the back of the trailer. During the ride , my pretty silly girl found way to took|crush|and ate some eggs and made mess on my sleeping bag. So our plans had to be changes ? I made call to Dan and asked him to take us in that day after work... I do not thinking that sleep in so dirty sleeping bag was good idea.
Little bit sadly that all done.. But I already have in my head another plans..
I am happy that my husband let me do all this trips.
SO ... we made 150 miles. I hope Nadia will keep this in her mind in future like a good memories.