Yesterday was Saturday and I spent most of the day shopping for our big Hawaiian adventure. We have a super mall only about 2 miles away which I have not walked around in well over a year. If you walk around the entire mall, it's supposed to be a mile. So I figured, being without any kids, I'll walk it and see what is new, moved, interesting. Steve and Barry's is gone, but there is a Sketchers and Timberland outlet. The Children's Place is HUGE now...yeah. I can always get great finds there. We do have a Sports Authority Store. (Remember, I ordered those 2 bike trailers from sportsauthority.com.)
Taking a detour from my quick waddle around the mall, I went inside the store to see if they had any trailers instock. And lo and behold, they did. Two different models. One, the unfortunate InStep PathFinder and the other was a WeeRide Co-Pilot Bike Trailer. Both of which were $99.99.
I talked to the sales associate who, after hearing my story with the bikes ordered online, said that Sports Authority and Sportsauthority.com were 2 different entities. Someone paid to use the Sports Authority name on the website and he didn't think that talking to a manager would help me any either.
I went to the car where my cell phone was, called DH who redressed the kids back into clothes and drove up to the mall. He started talking to the manager, but I interjected and explained the situation (a bit better) since I was the one who was on the phone/computer for the last 2 weeks. Basically, the manager matched the $89 price. And we bought our THIRD bike trailer.
When we arrived home, we quickly got to work. The kids went inside to eat, b/c they are always hungry. Ken and I took apart the 2nd bike and attached the 3rd bike. Then, horrors, he couldn't get the coupler part tight enough. Then I noticed that a neighbor, who is supposedly a whiz at fixing cars and anything else, had his garage door open. His house is not in our sub, just outside it, as we live at the end of our subdivision. So I told DH to take the bike over there and ask him if he had a tool that would help. Luckiliy for me, he did. And R* told us to come back if we needed it tightened again. He suggested that we should get some jam nuts...b/c only about "3 threads are holding that big bike onto the adult bike" as he put it. Just by looking at the bolts he concluded that they were metric too. What a neighbor. We need to make some cookies and bring them over as way of thanks...and a way to open the door for more assistance...hehe.
So, nearly dusk, our family of 5 took our very first bike ride up and down and all around the subdivision. E* held on, didn't fall off, and LOVED it. McK* was disappointed today was Sunday which meant we had to go to church instead of taking another bike ride. I figured out that I would build up some strength before I could bike up the mile long hill to Walgreens to get a candy bar with E*. I barely made it home, our sub is so hilly! We were 3 houses away from own own domicile and I had to have E* get off and walk while I walked the bike. I also need to invest in a bike lock, bike mirrors and a water bottle!
By the time we got home, it was definitely too dark to ride. Everyone went to bed and slept in. Yay!! We are ready for some more biking in the very near future. If you are outside tomorrow in our sub, you'll see us around 9am!! (Maybe a little later, since we still have to go to the UPS store to mail the 2nd bike back.)