I guess that’s one of the perks in this business, you get to hear all the stories and adventures. Unfortunately this comes paired with one of the downfalls of this business, you get to hear all the stories while you spend long evenings behind the sewing machine… but in the end I think the upside far outweighs the downside. In some way it’s immensely satisfying to have the opportunity to help intrepid adventurers reach their dreams.
Back in February, Rotorua hosted another epic Bike Festival. The weather decided to gate crash the party and some events needed to slide to alternative days. After a false start, the Stars, Spokes and Tent poles ride was held a few weeks after the Bike Fest with a small but energetic group of keen riders ranging from 6 to 10 years. The idea behind the ride was to get parents and kids out there for a night under the stars. The catch was, the destination was inaccessible to cars so everyone had to take everything they needed with them on the bike. Bikes as small as 16” were loaded with sleeping bags and cuddlies while parents morphed into pack mules for the heavy stuff. In order to level the playing field, the older kids were loaded down a little more than the younger ones. This meant a greater responsibility for the older riders to ensure the bag of chips wasn’t crushed (or devoured) in transit while the younger ones were light enough to keep up with the bunch.
With kids you don’t need to go far for an overnight adventure. The task of the parents was simply to dilute the distance with healthy snacks, tree climbing excursions on the side and swims wherever possible. It’s not the distance, but the experience that counts.