At one point when the kids were growing up we lived in Lawler in town. The kids had bikes and used them a little bit but not a lot. They were more inclined to roller skate than bike. The only kid who did use their bike was Kelli and that was for the news paper route she managed. Hubby just hated the bikes laying around and not being picked up so the second they didn’t seem to be riding the bikes, Hubby was plotting on how to get rid of them.
Then we moved to the farm. I thought the kids would ride bike more there…wrong. They rode bike less. Kelli no longer had the paper route and we lived on a busy road. Again Hubby and both now wondered why we had all these bikes and plotted on how to get rid of them.
All of the bikes were gone and most of the kids were gone, all except Kalissa. We were at the local thrift store one day and there was a bike. There hadn’t been on around our house for awhile as Hubby and I had gotten rid of them. Kalissa now 16 begged and begged offering to pay for it with her own money. She claimed she would ride it to the neighbor girls house.
She got the bike. Hubby yelled. She didn’t ride the bike. It sat for several years.
Our son Karl moves to Decorah and says he’ll ride the bike there. Hubby says take the darn thing. I forget about the bike..out of sight out of mind.
Then about two weeks ago I got thinking about Ruby. It’s no secret, Ruby loves the childcare kids but she also really misses the time she could run at the farm. She needs exercise. My schedule doesn’t always allow for a long 3 mile walk like she’d love. I thought about getting a bike and doing with her what I did with my dog when I was a kid.
The picture is me with my dog Pugsy. I would hook Pugsy up to the lease and hook the lease to my bike. I would ride my bike and Pugsy would run along by my side. She loved it-I loved it.
I wondered if I got a bike could I do this with Ruby. She could run along side. I could exercise her good and it wouldn’t take nearly as long…but spending money on a bike not knowing if it would work or not wasn’t something I wanted to do and worse than that…I didn’t dare say anything to Hubby.
I had half forgotten that I done this with Pugsy until one day my brother was visiting and he said he did it with his beagle. That’s when I dug around to find the old picture of me and Pugsy.
Now our son Karl decided to go back to college at UNI. He’s getting his teaching degree. I went to move him the garage sale week when I was so sick. He had to have a pickup and I was the only one so I went. We had the truck loaded and he said wait….I still have to put the bike on the load. He said he didn’t want it anymore and I should just put it on the garage sale. I said okay. Then as I was driving the truck home I said…WAIT! I WANT THAT BIKE!!
So Wednesday night before the garage sale, even thought I felt crappy, I hooked Ruby up and gave it a try. I figured if it didn’t work I was putting the bike on the garage sale….
Ruby did pretty good. Good enough to keep the bike and for me to work with her a bit. She loves it…I like it too. I can get out and ride for 20 minutes and Ruby gets a good work out. Normally in 20 minutes we’d only walk a mile and Ruby wasn’t satisfied.
We’ve been out several times with the bike now. It’s not a relaxing ride yet. I have to keep a really good watch on Ruby. She saw a rabbit once and bolted crossing in front of the bike. She crossed in front of the bike another time too. That’s kind of dangerous but we managed it. Each time we go out it’s a little better.
I need to find a thinner leash that’s not so bulky to hold and I have to continue correcting her if she starts sniffing too much.
So what does Hubby think of the bike?? He said he didn’t care if I kept it “as long as I kept it picked up and actually used it”…So far I’ve been a good girl and I think I’ll continue to be. I really enjoy it and think as we keep going out it will get better and better.
Now I am thinking I’d really like a basket either on the front or back so I could transport something if I want….hmmmm….I better wait a couple weeks before I approach that subject with Hubby…
…and that my blog readers is the Kramer bike saga.