We have spent most of the last eight weeks enjoying the comforts of ‘home’. Staying at friends as well as family. Felix and I spent the month of September in Ontario, Canada with my family. It was so wonderful to hang out with my sister and her little boys, her husband, and my mom and dad for four whole weeks. Jason joined us for a week in the middle to enjoy the marvelous fall colours Ontario has to offer. I was in need of a longer stay at ‘home’ since I left for Colorado in April of 2008 I have only spent at most, two weeks with my family I was fortunate to catch two weddings while I was there, one good friend from high school which allowed me to visit with some high school friends and my cousin Gordon’s wedding which allowed me to see a lot of family all at once. Here’s a cute picture of Felix and his besties, aka cousins.
Once we returned to Colorado, we spent ten days at our very gracious friends’ house while we sorted out the details of packing for the next part of our travels, putting our camper away for the winter and getting all of our other items put away in storage. At some points, I was not sure if we were going to be able catch our flight to San Diego, I was not confident we would be ready. Thankfully, I was proven wrong. Everything is now put away in its’ place in Colorado. We have spent the last two weeks in San Diego with Jason’s family before our next destinate of New Zealand.
For preparation for our New Zealand bike tour, we took a three day two night experiment trip along the coast of San Diego. Jason’s mom, Vicky, dropped us off in Del Mar (a beach area in San Diego) and we rode a short seven miles to Cardiff by the Sea where we camped right beside the Beach. Felix was rather excited about being outside and playing in the ‘sleeping tent’. We enjoyed cooking our dinner of potato soup over a campfire and some ‘flip flop’ wine in celebration of the next part of our adventures.
The next morning I had a lovely walk along the beach by myself. Once I returned, Jason went for a beach run while Felix and I played by the ocean and packed up our gear. We headed off around noon and had approximately 40 miles of biking to do. It was a wonderful ride. Most of our time was spent oceanside, a great way to ‘test’ out bicycle touring. Felix was amazing in his chariot. He played with his little airplanes, books , Bun Bun and Blanket. The first half of the ride felt really slow for me. I had Felix behind me and I was feeling sluggish and started to worry about our future cycling adventures. As the day wore on, I was surprised by how my legs found their rhythm and was relieved of toting Felix after about fourteen miles of cycling (Thank you Jason). We were almost half way, and I was happy to share the efforts of pulling Felix. As we cruised along, I was getting excited of having another sunset arrival and camp set up. Well, we did arrive to where we planned on camping at sunset but the campsite was closed. We were told that the next campsite was only eight miles north. Just eight miles? Since there was no choice, off we went with the sun setting to our left and just a little more biking to go. Felix was the least impressed. A little snack and some signing carried him all the way to San Clement State Beach where we set up tent and enjoyed another meal cooked on the campfire. The next day, we had a slow morning, enjoyed some time on the beach and completed our last leg to Doheny State Beach where Jaxon, Jason’s brother picked us up and took us back ‘home’. Phew.
I definitely grew some confidence in what we are about to embark on. It is really liberating to just have what we need with us and nothing else. I am confident. I am ready. New Zealand, here we come.