Hi dear reader! This week I get to go into one of my favorite schools: Concord Elementary School in Seattle, Washington. I was lucky enough to teach there for seven years-- right up until I decided to take this year off to travel. Today I went into Mr. Hunt's fourth grade class to talk about my latest trip to Australia and my upcoming bicycle trip.
First off I want to thank all of the students in room 203 for being such fantastic listeners. I can't wait to see Ms. Kate's class (room 222) and Ms. Linda's class (room 201) tomorrow.... that's if we don't have a snow day. If there's a snow day I'll see those folks on a different day... meanwhile I hope if there's a snow day you guys have a LOT of fun. Enough of that... don't want to jinx it :)
So today I biked to Concord with my fully loaded up bicycle. It took me just a little longer than usual to get to South Park, but that's okay. It takes a lot more time to brake, and I definitely am not able to ride with no hands when I have so much gear on my bike. Other than that, Bear rode in his usual spot (in the back) and I pedaled ahead.
Room 203 gave me lots of advice on what I should bring along in addition to what I already have on my packing list. They also gave some advice. These pieces of advice were my personal favorites, and ones that I will certainly follow:
- From MANY kids: DON'T lose Bear.
- Also from MANY kids: Be careful.
- Make sure that Bear wears a hat if he's cold and wears his seatbelt.
- Meet new friends.
- Drink lots of water.
- Take photos to share with us when you get back.
- Write to us and we will write to you.
- And, from Raul: Pedal medium. (In bicycling terms, we say, keep a good cadence. This is very critical-- thanks Raul).