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Riding a Bicycle Built for Two, Madison, CT, USA PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta   
Edward Nesta - Tandem Bicycle - The Homestead Madiison, CT - photo by Luxury Experience
Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta aka The Adventure KidsTM have another adventure! When we saw the tandem bicycle (bicycle for two) when we arrived at The Homestead Madison, an 11-room luxury boutique bed & breakfast in Madison, Connecticut, we knew that we had to try it at least once during our stay! While we had envisioned riding along with (Edward) singing "Debra, Debra, (instead of the actual lyrics, "Daisy, Daisy") give me your answer do...you'll look sweet upon the seat of a bicycle built for two," riding a tandem bicycle proved to be fun, but was actually harder to do than we had thought. 

 

Tandem Bicycle - The Homestead Madison, CT - photo by Luxury Experience
The tandem is calling

The Homestead Madison has thoughtful and interesting amenities that include complimentary use of their bicycles as well as a tandem bicycle for guests to use during their stay, and while we own and ride mountain bikes, we had never attempted to ride a tandem bike before and thought it was high time to rectify that. Although a rarity on the roads these days, tandem bicycles have been around since 1898. Whenever we would chance upon seeing one, they always intrigued us into wanting to try riding one someday. 

As we know how to ride single bicycles, we thought how different could riding a tandem bicycle be! We were in for a surprise! Throughout the years we have done many tandem sports including tandem rappelling, and thus we are normally good at "sharing" and working together. Trying to ride a tandem bicycle though was a completely unique experience for us! 

When we decided to experience the tandem bicycle, we first had to establish which of us would take the lead seat, and which of us would sit behind. As (Edward) is a much better, bigger, and stronger rider, we decided that he should take the lead seat, with (Debra) sitting behind. With our helmets securely fashioned, we hopped on and were ready to begin our adventure. We looked good, now all we needed to do was to get the bicycle in motion. 

The Homestead Madison Bed & Breakfast - Madison, CT -photo by Luxury Experience
Entrance to The Homestead Madison

The Homestead Madison has a gorgeous, long, sloping, pebble drive that leads from the road up to the beautiful white colonial complete with black shutters where red Adirondack chairs beckon invitingly on the front lawn. While gorgeous to look at, the angle of the incline of the driveway from the Inn down to the road, and (Debra's) fear of falling onto the pebbles with bare legs, caused us to rethink our practice course.

Bike ride - The Homestead Madison Bed & Breakfast - Madison, CT - photo by Luxury Experience
Tandem practice run on grass

We wisely decided to practice riding tandem on the sweeping, lush, green lawn, before tackling riding on the pebble drive and ultimately riding on the road. Getting the bicycle in motion proved to be a bit of a task, as (Edward) needed to start pumping the pedals while (Debra) simply hung on until it was safe to join in pedaling, however always ones to persevere, we eventually did get the hang of riding tandem around the property. 

Edward F. Nesta - Bike ride -  The Homestead Madison Bed & Breakfast - Madison, CT - photo by Luxury Experience
Back to conventional bicycle

Although we were comfortable riding on the grass, we were still a bit wobbly when we hit the road, and after trying to navigate the winding curves and the slight hills of the road, we wisely decided to exchange the bicycle built for two, for two bicycles built for one, so that we could safely go off and explore the beauty of Madison, Connecticut by bicycle. 

Edward F. Nesta - Bike ride -  The Homestead Madison Bed & Breakfast - Madison, CT - photo by Luxury Experience
Let's GO!

As we have yet to fully master the art of riding a tandem bicycle, we look forward to giving it another go and trying it again at another time. Whatever method you opt to explore Madison, Connecticut, whether it be by bicycle, by tandem bicycle, by foot, or by car, there is so much to do and see in every season, that you will want to add another day or two to your stay to fully appreciate all that Madison has to offer.

Edward F. Nesta - Bike ride -  The Homestead Madison Bed & Breakfast - Madison, CT - photo by Luxury Experience
Enjoying Madison, CT

 

VIDEO - Riding bicycle in Madison, CT - https://youtu.be/L8cJ4AJHc2U

 

Until our next adventure! 

Read about our wonderful stay at The Homestead Madison Bed & Breakfast in the Hotels and Resorts section of Luxury Experience.

The Homestead Madison Bed & Breakfast, Madison, CT  

The Homestead Madison Bed & Breakfast
391 Boston Post Road
Madison, Connecticut 06443
United States
Telephone: 203-245-0212
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Website: www.homesteadmadison.com
Social Media: #1BoutiqueB&B, #madisonct
Instagram: www.Instagram.com/homesteadmadison//he=en
Facebook: www.faceook.com/homesteadmadison
TripAdvisor: The_Homestead_Bed_Breakfast-Madison_Connecticut 

Read more about our visit to Madison Connecticut in Luxury Experience in the following sections: DestinationsHotels and Resorts - The Homestead MadisonRestaurants - Café Allegre, Restaurants -La ForestaRestaurants - The Wharf RestaurantChefs' Recipes - Chef Brian Warmingham - The Wharf Restaurant, Spas - The Healing Salt Cave and Wellness SpaAdventures - Riding a Bicycle Built for Two, Madison, CTAdventures - Thimble Island Cruises aboard the Sea MistLiquor Cabinet - Stony Creek Brewery, and Wine Cellar - Visting Chamard Vineyards and Bistro 

For more information on visiting Madison, Connecticut, please visit the websites: www.madisonct.com and www.ctvisit.com. 

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