Sunday arrived and it was beautiful, 22C. We decided to go on our first family bike ride. I was fine with this if we could get there using paths and not roads so thanks to our iPhones we headed out.
Natalie is a cautious rider still getting comfortable with hills. Ella is our dare devil training wheel rider. Christian rides to work quite a bit and then there is me. I have not been on my bike since hmmm… not even sure the last time I was on my bike.
We packed our picnic and set our apps and off we went. We took our time and got comfortable on the trails. We were enjoying our outing together. Everyone was doing well. Ella needed some pushes here and there and Natalie sometimes just felt safer if she walked her bike, especially on steep hills.
When we reached the coast we found a bench and sat and had our lunch. It was in a beautiful part of Espoo and I believe one of, if not the wealthiest areas in Finland. The homes were beautiful! I think if I lived in one of them I might not want to leave.
After lunch the girls jumped down to the water and decided to stick their hands in. Surprisingly since it was frozen just a few weeks ago the water felt nice.
We have a joke in our family because every outing we go one Christian runs into someone he knows. We can even say we saw someone on the trail. Christian seems to know so many people. This has only happened twice to me and I’ve lost count with him.
We kept on riding along the coast and came to Cafe Bella’s and a great little beach. People were sunbathing and kids were in the water in bikinis not wetsuits. The girls had ice cream and Christian and I shared a coffee. Ella had her first licorice ice cream. Verdict was that it was yummy.
After our break we walked to the beach. The girls rolled up their pants and jumped right in. There was absolutely no hesitation or shrieks. They were having a blast. It was one of those beaches where you can walk out a great distance and it stays shallow. It was difficult to get the girls out. They were soaked! This mom was prepared with an extra outfit. We changed their clothes in a nice clean restroom on the beach and got back on our bikes.
We decided to head back home. This time we didn’t stop so much. We arrived back home and our app said we did 13km. Not too shabby! We look forward to doing it again!