When life throws you a curve ball….hit it out of the park! (I am pretty sure someone said that)
Today, we made a plan to do our DO SUMMER BIG CHALLENGE. For our challenge this week, we were taking the kids on a bike/trike ride up on the Coeur d’Alene Trails. I was so very excited and so were my kiddos. Well, at least most of them. 🙂
This morning when I got up and after my daily morning routine, I went to load up the trailer with all of our trikes. It is quite a process. They are actually quite heavy and very awkward. The first trike I loaded had 3 flat tires….like totally deflated. Very weird, I thought to myself, but OK. I will just get the air compressor hose and take care of that problem. Done.
Loaded the next trike…..again, all flat. WHAT??!!
Thankfully, I left the air hose out because out of 21 tires, 18 were flat. (That should have been a clue. 🙂 ) We proceeded to load them all up and tie/bungee them all down.
We packed our special lunches, filled up our water cooler, and loaded up to meet the rest of our expedition group.
We arrived at the trail head and had to do some searching to find a place to park and unload. After unloading, we hit the trail for our ride.
About 50 feet down the trail, my 5 year old is complaining her legs hurt already and it’s too hard. Thankfully, my 13 year old noticed she was trying to ride with the brake engaged…problem solved. Another 100 feet….my 5 year old has a flat tire. I mean….FLAT, like no air at all. Of course, we came prepared with an air pump, but it was too far gone and the end of the pump would not fit in between the tire spokes.
After numerous fruitless attempts, we decided I would take the trike to a nearby town and see if I could get it fixed at the Walmart Tire Lube Express. But that required a change of plans. Now, everyone had to go the other direction and I would meet them up at the next trail head in Kingston.
Whew! That will work! We had a great plan. We will just work it! We can do this! (Thankful to Bran, Bethany, and Aunt Linda for taking all of my kiddos and trekking onward!)
I get to Walmart….No Tire Lube Express….
I did find a tire shop though. They would fix it for me, but I had to go back to Walmart and get a new inner tube and new tire. I get to Walmart and am looking at the inner tubes when I get a phone call from my Aunt Linda. My 14 year old, Mikaylea, just blew a tire. The hits just keep on comin’!
AND Walmart did not have what I needed. AND Mikaylea’s tire will not hold air either.
After finding out everyone is closer to Cataldo, I head back. A passer by that stopped and helped with Mikaylea’s tire told of a road that I could take to get as close as possible to my stranded crew. Bran called and gave instructions in and within minutes, I saw Morgan (my 11 year old son) peddling like a madman on the trail….I was close.
I found Aunt Linda with the broke down trike about 50 feet from Morgan. We were able to get the trike loaded into the back of Bran’s pick up when the rest of the expedition rode up. We shared our adventures and frustrations and thought a hiatus from the trail ride would be healthy.
We stopped at a wonderful water hole along the river. We threw our shoes off (well some of us did, the others went in with shoes an all) and enjoyed the cool water! We took some great pictures and just basked in God’s glorious creation!
Not really what we planned or expected, but God always shows up and reminds us how blessed we really are despite our circumstances.
The last leg of our adventure went off without a hitch. We even had a visitor as we were pulling out!
Our DO SUMMER BIG CHALLENGE was a memorable trip! As we were pulling out this is what I heard….”Thanks Mom for taking us. That was so much fun!”
So WORTH IT!
I would love to hear about some of your DO SUMMER BIG CHALLENGE realities! Leave a comment. Share some pics!