The first few kilometres of the 70km round trip journey involved some of the Howick and Karkloof well worn trails.
It was a matter of time that young Gabriel Gonzalez Ringdahl (aka El Pancito*) would head off on a micro-adventure** by bicycle. Having completed a 7km hike in the Darkensberg at 3mths, a 70km cycle trip at 6mths seemed like a moderate start to his cycling adventures. We tested the Thule Chariot so generously given to us by our friends Carla and William when he was around 3mths, however despite the fabulous suspension system it was still a little on the bumpy side for such a small tot to head out on a proper adventure. Now a sturdy 6mth old weighing over 8kg, el Pancito has been well accustomed to excursions in the chariot as a walker, so this next step was to test and see how he faired on a little trip into the Karkloof to meet some friends for the New Year at the beautiful Mbona reserve. Our trusty team included our dear friend Cath Traynor, a surrogate auntie and bike and adventure enthusiast from the Cape. We were so grateful to have her chaperone us on this maiden voyage and document el Pancito's first baby bike 'steps'!
*el Pancito: means little bread/roll in Spanish, what we nick-named Gabriel when he was baking in the oven
** micro-adventure: Simple expeditions and challenges which are close to home, affordable and easy to organise. Ideas designed to encourage ordinary people to get Out There and Do Stuff for themselves, even in these tightened financial times. (The term was coined by round the world cyclist and adventurer Alistair Humphries)
Setting off from Howick, we followed the steep Curry's post road to access some of the quiter forestry roads that abound with some of the finest single-track in the country.
Heading for the Karlkloof road, now 13km into the trip.
We were so lucky with the weather, scorching heat and storms are common at this time of the year.
Roads were generally quite, surprisingly it was the SUVs with mountain bikes on carriers that failed to slow down as they raced past us kicking up dust!
After a good hour nap it was time for a boob and stretch stop.
And a little jiggle on the handle bars.
Bridget, el Pancito, Sophie, Sarah, James and Matt, no-one is too old or too young for a micro-adventure!
Check out some seriously inspirational chariot-riding with el Pancito's 'chariot buddy' el Huevito here in Patagonia: www.whileoutriding.com/south-america/chile/parque-national-conguillio-chile
Some pics of our first Chariot test ride when Gabriel was just 3mths!
Have a chariot day!