|You can see the rain cover here. It was a cloudy day so Eug set it up just in case.|
The bike path on the side of the Liesbeek river is a pleasure, and Rosebank is full of bike lanes. Rondebosch common has bike lanes on the pavement, and there are a few underpasses through the busy roads around Rondebosch common. The main challenges with these lanes on the Bullitt are sharp turns, and lack of ramps on and off the pavement. Because of the ways some roads intersect, riding Plumstead- Observatory is a lot easier than the reverse direction. But for the most part, the first part of our ride was fun and exciting.
Once we reached Claremont and Kenilworth, the options for bikes deteriorate significantly. Bike lanes disappear, roads get very busy, and when we took side roads, we found ourselves intersecting with busy roads (Landsdowne, Mead) with no robot to help us cross. If you add the issue of pavements without ramps, there are not a lot of options for bikes with weight. I am very proud of the load I can comfortably cycle with on the Bullitt, but I am not physically able to lift the bike to ramp the pavement with the boys in it. However, at intersections like Mead st, with turning traffic, it becomes very difficult to navigate safely. If we cross with the pedestrian light, which is far too short, I can't get the bike back up on the pavement before the traffic starts to move. If we behave as motorists (as we are supposed to) and take a right turn into traffic, this means cycling on the main road (rather than side roads) the whole way, or facing a difficult re-entry into traffic. Right now, I would tend towards recommending Rosmead the whole way, rather than going on side roads and having to consider pavements. The challenge of bike lanes that end abruptly in the middle of a busy area- often leaving you stranded on the wrong side of the road- should not be that difficult to fix. The other option- which we have not yet tried- is riding down Main road the whole way. This would mean giving up the awesome bike lane experience of the early part of the cycle, but it could potentially make some parts of the ride easier.
|We stopped on a small bridge because we spotted some tiny baby guinea fowl. beautiful.|
Despite the inconvenience, we loved trying it out for the first time and arriving at my parents' made it worthwhile. We hope to make it a regular trip, and for it to keep getting easier.
|Grandpa sneaks tiny chocolates into the kid's milk.|