So with school being out for the summer, the kids immediately asked if they could ride to the library. Kennedy was eager as well, having just learned how to ride her two-wheeler. I wasn't quite ready to send her out with the older three, on their own. I considered driving the two little ones and meeting the others at the library...but with such gorgeous weather, I thought I'd ride along too.
The only problem was: I don't have a little seat that goes behind me for Kimble (but I don't trust those seats anyway. I feel like they are too unstable). So I put a plea out to my local friends, on facebook, to see if anyone had a bike trailer I could borrow.
Very quickly, my friend Maggie offered me one to use. Thanks Maggie!
The only issue with the trailer, is that she got it from a mutual friend, who hadn't used it in years. When she gave it to Maggie about a month ago, there was a connector piece missing. The part that connects the trailer post to the bike was missing.
We were going to borrow the piece from another friend, but it was getting late at night. With plans to ride first thing in the morning, and needing a Husband who knew how to assemble it together, he went ahead and 'jimmy-rigged' the trailer to my bike with super duct tape. He wrapped it and wrapped it and it looked very strong. Perfect.
We took off in the morning in a follow-the-leader style, and with specific instructions from me on how to manage the small part without a sidewalk, as well as when to turn to get to the library, we were on our way. The bike-taped-trailer held up beautifully, and we cruised our way to the library. It was very fun for me, and most especially for the two younger kids, who "wheeeee" and "yahoooo"-ed their way over every bump and hill.
On the way home from the library, we stopped off at the park and had a picnic lunch, where we met up with some friends and their kids, and had a fun hour of playing at the park.
Ready for Kimble's nap, we loaded up everyone again, and headed home. Right away, it seemed like the trailer was swaying a lot more than it did before. When we were still a mile from home, I looked back to see that the duct tape was almost all the way torn off, and was only holding by a little loop.
I also noticed that if the trailer hook swayed too much, it would get between my tire spokes, which would cause great catastrophe with me, the bike, and the trailer hauling my two babies.
I couldn't do anything about it, so with a prayer that all would be safe, and with effort to stay as straight and level as possible, I biked slowly the rest of the way home. I also instructed the kids to pray for our safety, which they did.
As soon as I rode up to my driveway, I hopped off, and right then, the trailer hook went too far in and nestled between my wheel spokes. If I had still been on the bike, going the speed I was, I would have flipped and crashed.
We said a prayer of thanks, and went inside.
I know The Husband thought the duct tape would hold. He secured it so well. We don't blame him at all, and he felt terrible when I told him this story. Anyway, we got the missing part from the friend who originally had it, and next time we all bike to the library, we'll do so with the right equipment!