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Beautiful Daughter is growing to the size where she can ride on the back of the Xtracycle. I’m all for this because although a Bakfiets is an undoubtedly fantastic and classy way to get around, it isn’t especially light, so an Xtracycle means we can go further and see xciting new things.

Last week Beautiful Wife had to go to an seminar in the next town and I was on Small Person duty. I arranged for Beautiful Wife to Take Beautiful Daughter down to the town by bus because although V-Brakes work well, they aren’t really built for stopping two people and the route involves some pretty murderous hills.

We met at the bus stop, and the Tinybug and I went off along the river with a slight detour through the town and another one up a corkscrew ramp to a footbridge because who wouldn’t want to ride up and down a corkscrew ramp?

After an hour we decided to stop for a picnic. Picnic’s being the ultimate adventure as far as Beautiful daughter is concerned. After surveying the landscape for suitable locations she plonked herself down right into the middle of the Feldweg/bridleway to watch the view. I didn’t argue.

On the way back Beautiful Daughter remembered that this is a bike, not a bus, and we could stop on request, such as when she found some interesting place to explore, or a nice house, or a cow or an unusual tree, or another cow, or in this case some nice stones she wanted to make a pattern from.

Of course I agreed to this because it is very good for Beautiful Daughter, and so we could have some shared activities et c. the fact that they generally took place at the top of a steep hill is pure coincidence.

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