Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Riding on the Towpath, Family Fun!

I'm Drew and fairly new here on the CC team. I'm also probably the newest to cycling out of the crew here. I've always loved to ride, but for the past 10 yrs or so I never had the time. With fatherhood, family life, work, etc I never could get out for the rides like I've wanted to. Since coming to the Peninsula store, I've been able to convince my wife to come out and ride on the towpath with me. We have two children, an eight year old son, Allan and a two year old daughter, Sadie. Finding things the whole family can do has been difficult.

My wife has never been the athletic type. Anything requiring sweat was usually relegated to doing some other time or not at all. Not to say anything derogatory, but she's just not the outdoorsy type. After convincing her that, yes, we could get both kids to come along with us, we went out to the towpath, got everyone bikes and headed out. My wife hasn't ridden a bike in over ten years, and getting started was a bit of stop and go. However once we finally got going it was a blast. I got to spend time with my family doing something I really enjoy-and they found out that they really enjoyed it too! My wife, after our 7 mile ride, couldn't wait to come back. Having this towpath is a great excuse to get out with the family enjoy the outdoors burn some calories and just have a great time. There's also the town of Boston just north our Peninsula store, where we can get refreshments and ice cream. Szalay's Sweet Corn is only a few miles south of us. Having the Locks along the towpath, where you can show a bit of history to your kids is a great attraction. Explaining how cargo was moved along the canal, how water changed levels to move boats up or downhill was great fun for the kids. Spending some quality time with the family away from the city, the TV, the computer games and noise is well worth the trip. Since our Peninsula store offers rentals of bikes, tag-a-longs and trailers there no reason everyone can't come along for the ride. If you're looking for something the whole family will enjoy, come along on the ride. Hope to see you on the trail!

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