We started in the town of San Candido, way north in Italy’s Dolomites mountains, a group of 16. Everyone rented bikes, and for the little kids we rented trail-a-bikes, baby seats, and wheeled carriers. My 7 year old insisted he was not a little kid and wanted to bike the 26 mile path on his own bike, so we set off together on the trail to Lienz Austria, a paved path that is a gentle downhill virtually the entire way.
An adult of decent fitness can bike this path in about 2.5 hours, but a 7 year old boy is easily distracted, and we soon fell way behind the rest of the group. I sounded like a broken record reminding him to “stay to the right!” every 30 seconds. Oh but there were so many things to look at! Pretty scenery:
Bridges, rivers, and cows:
And what’s that? A cookie factory! We stopped for a break and bought cookies, and found the rest of the group waiting there for us.
Back on the path, about 10 miles from Lienz, my son stopped his bike and declared he simply could not pedal any longer. His hands hurt and he was done. Thankfully after a short rest, lots of cajoling, and some water and cookies, he drew on his reserves and we made it to the train station in Lienz, where we returned the bikes and took the hour-long train back to San Candido.
Back in San Candido, there was a festival in full swing!
…where we oohed and ahhed at the high wire act and then headed back to our hotel, tired but happy cyclists.