suze | Sun, Apr 26, 2009 02:17 PM , Updated: Mon, Jun 15, 2015 12:06 AM
Saturday afternoon. We’d shuttled one kid to Lego class, had a fun lunch with friends and then ran our typical Saturday errands. There was still a nice chunk of the day left and we were eager to get out there and enjoy the good weather. We finally convinced both kids (at the same time) to agree that [Century Park] (http://www.culture.sh.cn/English/venue_detail.asp?venueid=106) in Pudong was the perfect destination. We had only been there once before last September and the experience was marred by a huge rainstorm and Emily being hit by a bike. She was fine.
####Bicycle Built for Four
We set off by subway and made it there easily enough. The park was busy but not overly crowded and we quickly decided to rent one of the bikes for four. Two people in the front, two in the back and all can pedal. Emily’s little legs didn’t reach, so she happily agreed to be staff photographer. Nathan and Mark pedaled in the front and I was the back seat power. I was falsely accused of not pedaling several times by the front men. I pedaled.
It was a great way to see the park and we laughed and some of us sang as we made our way in and out of paths that had “no bike” signs (oops) and avoided many potential collisions with people or objects thanks to Mark’s keen steering and braking skills. We also enjoyed a drive-up snack store where we bought Gatorade for the kids and beers for the adults. Everyone needed to stay hydrated. We were exercising!
####Race to the Finish
We rented the bike for an hour and had to race back to be sure we weren’t late. We made it with twenty seconds to spare and got a final family picture before heading back home. We promised the kids we’d go back to Century Park soon—perhaps even today—to take advantage of the kids’ area and all the fun rides.