It’s still summer! There’s time for one more vacation.
In case you’re wondering what would it would be like to put two children on your bicycle and ride from the Bronx to Lancaster County and back, Brad Farwell, photographer, bicyclist and DAD extraordinaire has that covered for you.
Most railroad crossings in a single day: 8
Most firehouses in a single day: 10 (est.)
Max consecutive little yellow tabs on the road that they put down when they haven’t painted stripes yet: 73
Minutes the kids chanted “Grow (name of whatever is at the side of the road, e.g. ‘Corn’), Grow!!”: 5? 10? Felt like 60.
Times we had to get off the bike to push it up the last bit of a hill: 4
July 4th Edition Marshmallow Peeps given to us by strangers: 20
Plastic souvenir water cups from restaurants the kids insisted on taking home with us: 4
Swims in hotel pools by Hannah and myself: 5
Swims by Riley: 0
Days it was below 90 degrees out: 1
Water carried per day: ~4L
Flat tires: 0 (whew)
Total time spent biking in the (light) rain: 15 minutes
Total time spent waiting under a building overhang for thunderstorm to stop so we could walk back to the hotel after dinner: 35 minutes
Times I used Hannah’s cuteness to convince older couples I did not know that we were not psycho killers and they should give us a ride back to our hotel during a thunderstorm: 1
Ice cream cones consumed, per person: 5 (est.)
Bar-shaped nutrition things consumed, per person: 20 (est.)
Penn. RR Cabooses seen: 6
Photographs taken with big expensive camera I lugged around on the bike the whole way: 5
Brad Farwell’s work has been published in The New York Times Magazine, McSweeneys Quarterly, Etiqueta Negra, and Draw it with your eyes closed: the art of the art assignment. His photographs have been exhibited worldwide, including the The Noorderlicht Photo Festival in the Netherlands, the American Academy in Rome, Rick Wester Fine Art in NYC, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.
Brad teaches at the Fashion Institute of Technology and the International Center of Photography. He lives in the Bronx with his brilliant wife and their two small but disproportionately mischievous children.