Soon after Brendon was home from work, Rachel and Ruth headed out for a bike ride. I wanted them to wait till Brendon was home so that if they needed to be picked up, he was able to go get them.
Ruth has a Cycling Guide camp coming up in October with 25 km to ride on the Saturday and again on the Sunday. The leader rode it in 2 hours, but they plan to take 5 hours with the girls with 3 nice long stops along the way (for ice-cream, lunch and activities). So with the successful 18.4 km done today I am feeling a lot more confident about Ruth coping with it all.
Rachel sent me a text once they had arrived. Just before they were going to head back I sent a text saying she should perhaps get a selfie of the two of them. She wrote back that she had already taken one - and Ruth had commented that she is become too much like me. ;-)
At one point the organiser came around with some "morning tea". She had made sure there was a gluten free option as well as a gluten and dairy free option. I was so very thankful for her thoughtfulness. It was such a nice treat for us.
Hezekiah and Hannah sitting opposite each other.
Thankfully Brendon and I managed to find two doubles opposite each other with just one lady (her children where in the single chairs on the other side of the isle). So we managed to sit together with her. We had a lovely chat with her and we were VERY relieved that the activities that I had brought with were enough to keep Asher mostly in one place. The iPad especially helped as we started as it gave her a lot of familiarity, but she could look outside regularly too.
It's always fun for the children to watch them turning the engine around. They were amazed that just 3 men were able to move it.
I had told Hannah that we could spend a bit of time on the open carriage on the return trip, so we headed down.
Hannah stayed for a while and had a great time. I went back to suggest that we bring Asher out for a bit. She loved the rain on her face. We asked a fellow passenger to take a photo - so it was nice to get a family photo from the trip.
Rachel and I then headed out to birthday party that she had been invited to. We enjoyed the extra time we got to chat on the trip there and back.