We’re up on the North Coast, taking a few days to celebrate an important anniversary while recharging our batteries before starting the new year. This is one of our favorite areas, and for us, there’s no prettier place on the planet.
Unfortunately, the only way to get up here is by driving an automobile or taking a very long, difficult, and time consuming bike ride. A 225-mile bike ride was out of the question for a weekend getaway, so we threw the Bromptons into the back of our little economy car and drove up. Now that we’re here, we’re using the Bromptons to get around and enjoy the area.
These little bikes are absolutely ideal for this kind of travel. They take up very little room in a car (or a train, which is our preference), they ride like a dream, they store well in a cabin or hotel room, and they can come with us into restaurants and other businesses. When packed in a pair of Brompton “B-Bags”, they take up no more room than a suitcase (see photo).
These bikes allow us to use transit or an automobile to get to a destination, then free us up from the confines of a car once we’ve arrived. They make it possible to explore an area in a way that is just not possible on foot or by car. They totally immerse us in the local environment while providing much more reach than walking.
I think it’s obvious by now that we’re all about minimizing automobile use. Truth be told, we don’t like the amount of driving involved in a trip like this, but once in a while the alternatives just don’t work out. When we do choose to take the car, the Bromptons certainly take a good portion of the sting out of it.