Tough day for a BAD ride. Misty drizzle, and Ballarat-cold. The last few BAD rides have started pretty much the same, and then the cloud burnt off, remarkably unlike what happened today. Didn't hit double figures until midday, rocketing to a maximum of 11dgC. That's not real warm when you're wet and moving.
We ran with the family triple concept. Me and Mrs barefoot on the tandem, towing Ms barefoot Jr on the trail-a-bike. 3km from home to the start, 21km to the morning tea stop, another 16km to lunch. That's a long way between stops for a 4-yr-old, even with a couple of unscheduled extra breaks along the way. She wasn't keen to get back on the bike after lunch, so we pulled the plug... my girls caught a lift back home. I dropped the stoker saddle of the tandem to (just) fit my 8 year old nephew, who had already done the hilly 25km loop on his own bike, and we cranked out the ~20km home together. Fantastic effort by both of the kids. My daughter has done a couple of ~35km days on her trail-a-bike behind my single bike, in good weather, so her 40km in the cold and wet was a valliant effort.
It was a difficult route for our rig. We're quick on the flats and slow up hills, as expected for a heavy but aerodynamic rig. Had to ride the brakes down hills, mindful that there's a 4-year-old tucked in the draft back there. The course seemed to be all rolling hills, which didn't play to our strengths.
Still, an awesome day out, and a successful proof-of-concept. First time towing with the tandem. Will play that game again.