When we woke up this morning we had no plans. Dave was hungover, I was tired from the late night. We opened up the curtains to a beautiful blue sky! Action stations away, we had to enjoy this sunshine, it was only 7.30, the possibilities were endless!
Having had a successful cycle on Friday we decided it was time to venture onto the train with the bikes so we could cycle the old railway from Lancaster to Glasson Dock. A 12 mile ride.
We seamlessly packed up our stuff, made lunch, ate breakfast and got the Robot ready! 9.25 and a train to catch at 10.09! Loads of time!
Here we are having a selfie outside the cooperative waiting for Daddy Dave to buy us some crisps and biscuits! We arrived at the train station, twenty minutes to spare. Plenty of time to get the Robot off the bike and into a sling ready to board the train. Have you ever seen Brief Ecounters? Then you’ll know where we live because of this picture: It was the first time I have tried my pannier bags out on the front wheels. With the addition of a Robot seat, a Bellelli Child Bike Seat, I can’t have a back pannier as well. It’s surprisingly easy to ride. The extra weight on the front makes me a little more sluggish but I managed 11 miles an hour on the flat comfortably. Here is my set up:Lots of pictures at the train station due to our train being 20 minutes late! Rah! We managed to pick up an old man. This always happens, old people live (was meant to be love, live works well too) to talk to us! It’s always random, I think it’s down to the laden bikes and now the baby too! Our train arriving finally: Arriving in Lancaster we weren’t quite prepared for how cold it was! We stopped within five minutes to put coats on and add another furry layer to the Robot. The ride to Glasson Dock follows the River Lune Estuary. It’s really flat and such an easy ride. Just what we needed for our second longer distance ride with the Robot. They had high benches which Dave had to try out. We later found out these were for bird watchers to rest their binoculars on! At Glasson Dock we had our first picnic with the Robot! You can see he was clearly impressed. We had just woken him up to lift him off the bike, poor chap! He was perplexed by the grass, he’s not had the opportunity to explore this yet, oh it’s going to be a fun summer!Glasson Dock itself is a bit run down now, it needs some love. There are a few cafés and what looks like a closed pub. There is ample parking and lots of footpaths to follow, you could spend a few hours here happily. You’ve got to love a tug boat: Feeling optimistic we decided to go find a ruin that was close by, foiled by mud though we decided to head back to Lancaster. It was such a beautiful day and the ride was easy and far to quick. We had an hour to kill before our train so we went to the juice bar in town for smoothies! This is where I found out Dave still felt hungover! Poor self inflicted man!
The whole ride was 14.5 miles, the Robot again was brilliant on the bike. We have high hopes for even more exciting trips out in the future!
Thanks for reading! Do you have adventures like this? I’d love to hear of them, especially with kids in tow. Do let me know?