weekend adventures: biking to the river

2015-01-29 biking with kids in luang prabang by Melissa Crossett (9 of 12)On the weekend, we love getting out as a family and getting to know this quaint little town of Luang Prabang.  Before returning, I found a Burley bike trailer on craigslist that had never been used, so I bought it and brought it over as one of our check-in bags.  I was envisioning being able to get around with the three kids on my own, but that hasn’t really happened here.  There are a few too many hills and busy traffic roads for my liking.  But, when Ryan comes along, we can use it.  You wouldn’t believe the stares we get from some of the locals who have never seen such a thing!  I just hope we don’t cause an accident with all the rubberneckers! 2015-01-29 biking with kids in luang prabang by Melissa Crossett (8 of 12)

The kids love riding in it and taking in the sights.  Our favorite spot so far, is down at the end of the peninsula where the Nam Khan River meets the Mekong River.  It’s gorgeous and complete with sandy beaches and hand made bamboo bridges.2015-01-29 biking with kids in luang prabang by Melissa Crossett (3 of 12) 2015-01-29 biking with kids in luang prabang by Melissa Crossett (6 of 12)

The girls could play for hours with sticks, rocks, water and sand.2015-01-29 biking with kids in luang prabang by Melissa Crossett (5 of 12) 2015-01-29 biking with kids in luang prabang by Melissa Crossett (12 of 12)There is so much to see and explore, like tadpoles, little fish, and river weed.2015-01-29 biking with kids in luang prabang by Melissa Crossett (11 of 12)These are the kinds of experiences I just LOVE giving to my kids.  2015-01-29 biking with kids in luang prabang by Melissa Crossett (7 of 12) 2015-01-29 biking with kids in luang prabang by Melissa Crossett (1 of 12)We also found some decent quality bikes and trikes for the girls to ride here at home.  They spend hours on them, though it’ll be a long time before I trust them to ride on their own around town. 2015-01-29 biking with kids in luang prabang by Melissa Crossett (10 of 12)For now, Isla is snug in a baby carrier and usually enjoys a nap on our bike rides.

Do you bike as a family?  Where are your favorite places to go?

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12 thoughts on “weekend adventures: biking to the river”

  1. Hi Melissa,

    Love reading your family’ adventure in Laos. We do bike as a family once in while to the park but I ride a bike with trailer with my two boys twice a week to pick up one of my kid from kindergarten. It is fun,healthy and cheap. I got a lot of cheers but also raised of concerns too.

    Cheers!

    Mock

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  2. Shawn & I like to ride our bikes together on the road or paved trails around home in WI. Last year we even made it on the 50 mile Maywood Ride, our longest ride together. But usually it’s been about 10 miles together in the mornings, 3x per week in the late spring to early fall since that’s the available time we have to do it consistently. As for family bike rides on the hybrid bikes, we can only make it about 5 miles with all 3 girls riding along on their own bikes on the trails around Minocqua when we went camping. Their legs just can’t seem to make it much further without a lot of whining and complaining. Glad to hear that you are able to get out together.

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  3. I live in Southern California. Last Summer I taught a Summer school class in which our Jr. High students were swimming, biking, and running (like triathalon training). One day, we got all 30 kids on the MetroLink train and rode from Santa Ana to San Juan Capistrano. We had our bikes waiting for us in San Juan. From there we rode the path to Dana Point Harbor/Doheny Beach. We enjoyed the water for a while, and then we did the whole trip in reverse. It was really cool. Most of the students had never ridden on an train before. They loved it. Are there trains in Laos?

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    1. That summer school class sounds awesome! Would love to ride the train down the So Cal coast! As for trains in Laos, there is a line that comes from Thailand end ends in the capital city. But there are plans to build a railroad from Beijing, through Laos, and all the way to Singapore!

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