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Coming Soon: Our Next Big Adventure

September 30th, 2011 74 comments


Since returning from our world bike tour, we’ve become relatively settled. Full-time jobs. An apartment. A routine. And yet, the same question keeps returning: “When’s the next big adventure? Isn’t it time for you to take off again?”

Today we can reveal what our next big adventure will be, and it might not be what you expect…

Baby Bump: TravellingThree is on the way

Yes, that’s right, we’re going to become parents. In early February, we’re expecting a little boy to arrive in our lives. TravellingTwo is about to become TravellingThree (and no, we’re not changing the website name).

The decision to settle down – at least for a while – and start a family wasn’t an easy one for us. It involved many months of debate. Can we? Should we? Will we be any good at this? Wouldn’t it just be more fun to cycle off into the sunset forever and become permanent nomads?

Baby BumpIn the end, we decided to make the leap. We’ve been inspired by the experiences of people like Family On Bikes, Linda, Phil & Luca and PedalPoweredFamily (to name just a few families on bike tours) and we’re excited about the adventures  ahead.

What does it mean for you, our readers? Well, we plan to keep expanding this bicycle site but please be patient if things slow down over the coming months. New articles may not be as frequent as in the past, and we hope you understand.

In the short term, we won’t be doing as much bike touring but we think we’ll still have plenty to share with you as we plot a return to our bicycles in 2012.

We’ll start with short trips in Europe sometime next summer (as soon as our baby is strong enough to spend a few hours on a bicycle) and, if all goes well, we’re planning a longer winter tour towards the end of 2012 – perhaps to Cuba or Southeast Asia.

If you have ideas for a good first destination for bike touring with a baby, please share! Links to blogs about bike touring with very young kids would also be greatly appreciated, or personal tips that you might like to share.

Of course, we’ll be blogging our experiences as we go. We know these new adventures by bicycle with a baby won’t always be easy. Diaper changes and night feeding sessions in the tent could be interesting, and we’ll definitely be going a bit slower than before, but we’re not about to give up our fun on two wheels just yet.

Stay tuned for the next chapter!

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70 Responses to “Coming Soon: Our Next Big Adventure”

  1. Dominic says:

    Congratulations! I look forward to the TravellingThree stories

  2. Wow, congratulations to you both.

  3. Lodro says:

    As a parent, my advice would be to do lots of traveling before your son starts walking! It’s so much easier to travel extensively when children are still babies. Congratulations!

  4. Frosene Sacco says:

    What a wonderful addition to your already full and adventurous lives! Congratulations!! I love your posts! You inspire my wanderlust and confirm that the best things in life are the simple pleasures!
    All the best,
    Frosene Sacco

  5. Bex says:

    Wow, congratulations!

    We look forward to hearing about your first adventure as a young family:-D Hopefully you can inspire the rest of us to continue living the dream after we become parents…

    Very best wishes to all three of you,

    Bex

  6. Congratulations indeed. Best wishes from Patrick and Sandra.

  7. Jenny & Jim says:

    What awesome news. I’m sure you will be great parents and what a wonderful upbringing your little boy will have. We had to chuckle at the thought of the night feeds in the tent and the changing of diapers……but we’re sure you will have it all sorted in no time.
    Love and big big hugs from NZ
    xoxoxo

  8. Ken Rowan says:

    Well done you two!! :) I am so happy for you both, I think it will complete you nicely, hehe.

  9. Alvaro says:

    CONGRATULATIONS!

  10. Masbah Omar says:

    Congratulations to both of you..!
    Wishing all three of you the best adventures in your future bicycle touring trips..!!
    Malaysia

  11. vanessa says:

    Congrats you are going to make a great mother. childern can be such a joy. Travelling with babies is not that bad. It is better to travel as much as you can before they walk:) If you are breastfeeding travelling well be much easier. No worries about clean water or where to heat up bottles which is a big pain in the bum LOL. And you don’t really need to cart around any extra on your bike:)

  12. friedel says:

    Thanks everyone! We’re grinning ear to ear today. It’s so much fun to tell people our big secret – we’ve been holding it back for quite a while now :)

  13. Craig Turner says:

    Congratulations you two!

  14. Doug W says:

    Congratulations to you both! I know we’ve never met (yet), but through your podcasts and website, my wife and I feel like we’ve known you for years. And we’re both very happy for the Travelling Three!

  15. Pat Ruys says:

    Congratulations that’s great news, I know that you both will be fantasic parents… If you do end up riding in south east asia please let me know, because maybe we could meet up again.. Congrats your old friend in the land of OZ

  16. Shane says:

    Now you really can eat pie for 2 :)

    Congradulations:-)

  17. Vicky and Adrian says:

    Fabulous news. Your best adventures are just about to begin… Look forward very much to sharing tales of the joys of parenthood, which are many :-) xx

  18. Amaya says:

    Congratulations to both of you! Looking forward to following the adventures of Travelling Three, I’m certain they’ll be filled with just as much joy and even zanier adventures. Thanks for sharing the good news with all your cyber friends.

  19. Ingrid says:

    Congratulations from us too! We’re looking forward to your stories about travelling with a baby and all the stuff and gear you need. Enjoy!

  20. Congrats you two! Add us to the chorus of those excited to hear about your coming adventures :)

  21. Marjan says:

    Hoera! Hoera! Congratulations!!!! what a suprise nice news! A little boy!
    Enjoy!

  22. Keith says:

    Congratulations to you. Good luck. Your life will change forever :-)

  23. Dave Beachley says:

    Congrats to you both! What fun! One door closes and another opens!

    - Dave (Denver, CO)

  24. Ann Wilson says:

    Congratulations to the two of you! – and the best time to be pregnant. Your little boy will keep you warm all winter Friedel!

  25. Congratulations, Friedel and Andrew, that’s fantastic news! We’re delighted for you both. As you say, it’s no reason to stop your fun on two wheels. It might be time to start looking into Chariot trailers though!

  26. Congratulations! Parabéns! Felicidades!

    My wife and I are from Brazil. Your website is the main resource for our first RTW trip on bikes.It will begin in March/April in Netherlands. We’ll pick up almost all gear from Eric Schuijt.

    Your baby will rock since all people than we know that were born in February rocks… Karla and I as well.

    She’ll be happy to know it!

  27. Congratulations! What a fantastic new adventure.

    We always remember a Swiss family we met on their way to Nepal with two trailers and three kids! One of whom was only a few months old when they left. Maybe that will be you one day :-)

    Looking forward to reading about your experiences.

  28. sarah says:

    Yay! Big congratulations! I hope you have a smooth pregnancy, Friedel. Many blessings for the excitement to come!

  29. woollypigs says:

    late to this party, congratulation to the two of you, or should be that be you three?

    So what bike is the little one going to ride?

  30. Congratulations!

    Now we definitely need to make a plan to travel together at some point as you are not the only ones adding a cyclist in a few months :) Cycling6?

    Abrazo, H&I

  31. Brenda Cupryna says:

    So delighted to hear your news. You’ve got a whole new adventure before you and living in the Netherlands is the best place to start cycling with a baby. Guess you won’t be on the North York moors next year where I was cycling in the most fabulous weather yesterday
    All good wishes
    Brenda in the Boro UK

    • friedel says:

      Well, you never know. Yorkshire is still on our ‘to do’ list – the hills don’t scare us, certainly… even with kids!

  32. marieke says:

    Gefeliciteerd! We are also former worldcyclists with children. It is wonderful but never compare your trips without children to the ones with children. It is a different world.

  33. Misha says:

    Congratulations!

    You have a really great attitude, keep it and you will see the whole new world of cycling with kids :)

    With our twins we did few multiday trips including camping as well as a million of day tours in the country when our kids were 5 months old and we keep doing that. It’s a great experience, it changed our whole attitude towards cycling. Before our tours were more like long distance brevets and now we don’t do more than 60 kms a day with lots of stops and we spend really a lot of time being with our babies (we ride when it’s a sleeping time and when they are awake we just stop and eat, feed, change, play, carry them in slings, etc).

    Now they are almost eight months old and they enjoy looking around from the trailer, that boosts our love for cycling together. Today we did 30+ and my mother in law has joined us, since she wants to see kids so much, but we rarely stay home. So good for her health, she did great! :)

    All the best,
    Misha and Polona

    • friedel says:

      Thanks for sharing your story! It’s so inspiring to hear that you were able to camp and cycle with your kids when they were so young. We really hope we can enjoy next summer as a family and do lots of camping. I see you also have a Cougar Chariot?

      • Misha says:

        Right, it’s Cougar 2. There is actually not that much of alternatives if you want a durable foldable trailer that is good for cycling, running and skiing (luckily these are our main outdoor passions). I also had Nordic Cab in mind, but after asking on bikeforums.net (http://goo.gl/ch5xo) and a Norwegian forum (http://goo.gl/5U2OH) we decided for Cougar. The latter forum was especially helpful as Norwegians use the trailers exactly the way we’d like to!

        If you’re really after it and don’t mind a used trailer, think of buying it now, in the end of the season, or between the seasons. We did have to wait for a good offer on German ebay from February till the mid of May! There were dozens of offers, but price always was coming too close to the price of a new one (even for 6-7 years old Cougars), crazy. And the price for accessories (you will need at least a hammock if you start early) is a robbery.

        All of the parents of singletons we are meeting suggest to go with a trailer for two. Weight penalty is rather small, inner compartment is great for carrying stuff you frequently need at hand and you can always take your friends child together, or a sibling some years later. These trailers do last very long.

        One piece of equipment was just as necessary as the trailer, the baby sling (Moby Wrap in our case). When kids would refuse to ride in the trailer in the end of the day (first two rides every day were a breeze, and that’s when we did most of the distance, third could be difficult, and we could never do a forth one and quickly stopped trying) we would put them into slings and just walk our bikes to the camping site. Or when girls were fussing in the end of the day we carried them around our tent until they’d be falling asleep and happily bring them into the tent.

        Uh, this is getting lengthy, probably I shall write up a short post some day. :)

        Good luck!

        PS. Cycling with kids for us is the easiest thing we can do, far easier than staying at home. Our girls quickly get bored and lots of effort is needed to keep them happy from dusk to dawn (it’s getting easier though). On a travel they always were wondering what is this new place again? almost right from the start (5 months). We were always with them, not occupied with anything, or if we had to do something they just were with us. You might imagine it so well: no internet, no house chores, no visitors, both of parents just spending lots of time together with kids. They were super happy and very easy most of the time. At home it is somehow just not always like that, there are too many distractions.

  34. What a great news! Congrats to you both. We are sending you a site of our friends, Alice & Andoni, that we met on the road in Morrocco. On their first rtw she got pregnant and she kept on pedalling until she was six months pregnant. Then, when their little girl was three years old, they went back on the road to finish their rtw and… she got pregnant again! She crossed the Andes with a belly of six, almost seven months. She is planning a delivery somewhere in Bolivia. So, anything is possible with your new baby. Enjoy the greatest gift of life.

    http://www.mundubicyclette.be/la-terre-en-carriole/Accueil.html

    Big hugs to the future parents,

    Louis-P & Lysanne

  35. Adrian-Uk says:

    Congratulations to you both!

    Your announcement coincided with us descovering that my wife is pregnant with our second child…
    Being a parent is so special, we have a sixteen-months old Alex, an amazing little boy…

    Children will certainly slow you down as wevhave discovered in the past 2 years- we still had two skiing holidays, we restarted camping this summer, i even had my first solo biketouring adventure in two years!

    At seven months Alex started being my cycling partner and more recently he sits in the front on my bike on a special seat which is more exciting than the classic childseat on the rear rack.

    Good luck again and don’t give up on your dreams!

  36. Welcome to the club! You’ll love it.

  37. Congratulations guys. An excuse to really slow down and appreciate the adventures ahead…!

  38. Fabulous news, congratulations. Life with a small person is going to help you see the world very differently. Enjoy every minute, they grow so quickly (my daughter is almost 20 now!! :-))))))

  39. Congratulations. When you are around (and I am not cycling) please pick up a kids helmet!

    Love

    Eric

  40. Liz Wilton says:

    Hurray! Congratulations that’s wonderful news. Hope you are feeling well Friedel. Will be following your baby adventures looking for some tips for the future :)

    Love to you both
    Liz & Chris x

  41. richard ash says:

    Congratulations. February will be the start of a life long journey.

  42. kiwidutch says:

    Soooo, a little apprentice bike mechanic eh?
    We knew the secret, but not that you are having a Boy, Little Mr. will be DELIGHTED and Kiwi Daughter will be a very willing helper too LOL.
    Never think that the adventures will be over once you become parents, because this is the start of the biggest adventure of them all!
    You will know when the time is right for you and *your* new Little Mr. to start out on wheels, do it when all of you are good and ready and you won’t go wrong.
    Spend the first months really getting to know him, look for patterns and preferences, start routines… then just continue the pattern and routine later but work it into any trip you are making.
    *That’s not always easy* but babies and small children love routine and you will learn soon enough that it’s well worth the effort!
    BIG HUGS!

  43. Sandra and Jim says:

    Wonderful news, we are both absolutely delighted for you. The biggest adventure of your lives has just begun. Congratulations, looking forward to hearing how things progress.

    Sandra and Jim :-)

  44. Abel says:

    Hey! I hadn’t read this post until now!! That it for sure the longest tour you’ll take :) Congratulations!! You keep inspiring people… We’ll keep an eye on your new adventure. Enjoy it!!!

  45. Carl says:

    Friedel,

    This is wonderful news! I stumble upon your podcasts around 6 months ago and quickly devoured them. They are really fun to listen to and such a wealth of information. Can’t wait to hear the “Traveling 3″ podcasts! God bless all of you in this new adventure of parenthood!
    p.s. Look into Xtracycles and the Peapod set up they have.

    • friedel says:

      Thanks Carl! The Peapod is really cute. We’ve seen lots of those here in the Netherlands. And yes, there will be some Travelling Three podcasts in the future :)

  46. Ivana says:

    Hi Congrats !! We are waiting for our baby to be borne in december as well .. !! and I always think that New Zealand would be perfect to cycle with a baby or kids . is just a cycler’s paradise ! keep in touch !!

    Ivana & Harry

  47. Mykola Kyiv UA says:

    Congratulations ! It`s really great news. We love you guys.

  48. Sherry & Kristian says:

    Hey you two!
    After our last conversation at Joey’s in Sackville, this news has brought tears to my eyes. This new baby will add so much to your new adventures… I couldn’t be happier for the two of you!!! XOXO

  49. Melissa says:

    Congratulations Friedel and Andrew! What a surprise when I finally got around to checking emails! I just thought to get a general update when I clicked on your recent newsletter, but wow! Parenthood is finally on the way! I’m starting my baby present package now that you know the sex of the baby. Please email me your current address so that I can send it to you. Any special requests from Canada? I, too, have become a parent, but in a somewhat different way. I am a foster parent for the Dog Guides program. I am raising my second puppy at the moment. He goes everywhere with me, even to the bathroom! Work, restaurants, banks, shopping malls, the hospital, concerts… He wears a special vest that gives him a free entry pass everywhere. Training is somewhat different from what you would do for a normal dog, and very intense all day long. My first puppy will graduate from Seizure Response training at Christmas and go to a new home with someone who suffers from seizures. My current puppy will go to the dog guides training school next May where he will be trained for one of five different programs: blind, deaf, special skills (ex. for someone in a wheelchair), seizure response or as a companion for an autistic child. This has grounded me and I haven’t been flying anywhere on vacation. I had thought to come visit this fall, but perhaps I should wait until after the baby? Ayways, best wishes to you! Love and hugs from Melissa at Bearly Used Books

  50. Stephen from your travels in Cambodia says:

    Hi guys.Remember me.. Stephen from around Kratie in Cambodia.. That’s fantastic news.. my daughter is also expecting her 1st child in Feb and gonna make me a a grandfather..

    Hope it all goes well for you two too.. :-)

    Stephen

  51. AnitaMac says:

    How very exciting!!! I have only just come across your site – perhaps little baby biker is already here – in which case – CONGRATS!!!! I am sure your new threesome will have many brilliant adventures!
    Have you considered Australia as a destination? If you are looking at travel adventures for late in 2012 – the summer will only just be starting there! It is in Oz that I first started to bike – I remember reading about a young family who toured with their kids. It is a very friendly place – so many brilliant places to go, even with an infant! The Great Ocean Road would be an amazing place to start, but anywhere along the coast would be incredible!
    Here is a post of my ride along the Great Ocean Road – the photos do not do it justice!!! http://traveldestinationbucketlist.com/2011/10/17/cycling-australias-great-ocean-road/

  52. I too am very behind the times, but sending you hearty congratulations….. your site is a continual inspiration! It was carting my grandson along on the front and then the back of my bike when he was tiny that got me back on my bike again after years. He is now six and a bit cross that I am off touring!
    all the very best to you and happy parenting. What a lucky baby
    Jenny Quick.

  53. Congratulations!

    We found the Outer Hebrides (Scotland) an excellent starter tour for our 9 month old in her trailer. For us the key was minimal traffic, and this certainly gave us that.

    As you’d imagine, camping and touring is great for kids – new things around every corner and lots of time with Mum and Dad. If you can plot a route with a new field of animals around every corner, that will be a hit too.

    You’ll obviously figure most things out for yourselves just fine, but we found a thermos flask invaluable to avoid having to repeatedly heat water when warm milk was required.

    Brief write up here: http://www.tyretracks.org.uk

    The Luberon (Provence) also worked well.

  54. Alan Shea says:

    Way to go, we hope that Luke was behaved and enjoyed the trip. Maybe he could wear my socks and keep his feet warm. Love and enjoy the ride Luke—Uncle Al and Aunt Carol

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