Tandemonium on the Lower Trail.

This past Sunday, Evan’s parents visited us for the day. We took bikes to the local rail-trail, the Lower Trail, where we were joined by my parents, who decided to try out a tandem bicycle for the first time.

Evan and I rode our new Salsa Powderkeg (more on this bike later), and my parents borrowed our Santana touring tandem. I wasn’t really sure how they were going to do, or if they’d like it. I know I was pretty skeptical about the whole tandem thing at first. I thought I’d get frustrated not being in control, or not being able to see ahead of me. I do sometimes, but I definitely like going tandem a lot more than I thought I would.

My parents seemed to like it too. At least they said they did.


We rode from the Alfarata trailhead to Williamsburg and back, with an ice cream stop in Williamsburg with money that my dad found in his backpack. Thanks, dad!

On the way back from Williamsburg, Evan’s mom got on the back of the Powderkeg with him, and I rode her bike.

I’ve been on the Lower Trail so many times growing up that it’s not a place I frequent very much anymore—I generally seek more hills and rocks—but it’s a great place to go with a group of mixed skill levels just to have a chill time and be outside. We all had fun, and the weather was perfect for it.

2 Replies to “Tandemonium on the Lower Trail.”

  1. Awesome! Eager to hear how you like the Salsa Powderkeg. We are in the process of purchasing one. It’s going to replace our Cannondale Mtn tandem…


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