The Adventures of El Pancito: First Chariot Micro-Adventure
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)
Check out some seriously inspirational chariot-riding with el Pancito’s ‘chariot buddy’ el Huevito here in Patagonia: http://www.whileoutriding.com/south-america/chile/parque-national-conguillio-chile.
Some pics of our first Chariot test ride when Gabriel was just 3mths!
I live in Howick, KwaZulu-Natal which is great cycling country, within 10 minutes I can be bouncing along some of the finest single tracks in the province.
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