MUM SAYS We're doing a year-long cycling tour

To mark Earth Day, Ragna Schmidt-Haupt and her family will be going on a multi-country cycling tour.

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“Living and working in Singapore, cycling is part of our family’s lifestyle. My husband, Amiram, brings our daughters to school every day on his bicycle, before cycling to work, while I’ll pick them up by bicycle as well.

            We are both environmental campaigners ― our work in Singapore centres around renewable energy and environmental protection and sustainability. We’ve done cycling tours to showcase achievable solutions to climate problems. In 2008, we cycled through 12 countries in Africa as a couple. Along the way, we held nine workshops and planted more than 550 indigenous trees in Africa.

"We travelled 5,000km on our bicycles with a baby trailer along the Andes ― from Santiago to the Carretera Austral, and even hiked in many national parks."

            Our older daughter, Amaya, arrived in 2011. When she was just 5 months old, we took her to Chile. We travelled 5,000km on our bicycles with a baby trailer along the Andes ― from Santiago to the Carretera Austral, and even hiked in many national parks. A year later, with Amaya in a child trailer, we went to Japan and cycled 500km across mountainous terrain in Kyushu, climbing volcanoes and camping in hot springs.

            The year after we had Tayanika in 2014, we headed to Taiwan with our two kids. With our girls in a kids’ trailer, we cycled on mountainous terrain along the east and southern coasts, hiked in gorges and national parks, and slept on campsites and in the wild.

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          We’ll kick off this year’s tour in Japan, then head to Korea, before ending in New Zealand. We don’t micro-plan months ahead ― we’ll probably do it only a few days in advance. When we plan our route, we try going to places where there’s something for the kids to see or do. On our previous trip to Japan, we saw locals dressed up as samurais and ninjas when we went by a castle. They even dressed Amaya up ― she loves stories about adventures and samurais and ninjas now!

          We like to stop for food at 7-11 stores ― in Japan, these convenience stores always have ready-to-eat food that can be warmed, like rice bowls and tea eggs, which the kids love. We also always pack oats ― it’s usually what we have for breakfast with some milk powder. Otherwise, we make sure to go through small towns, so that we can get supplies easily.

Click on to find out how much Ragna and Amiram have to carry on their trip!