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Location: Spokane, Washington
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There are many farming roads all around Moses Lake that will work. I scoped out a 40 mile route last Thanksgiving, but the winds were up around 50 mph, so I didn't take it.
If you're taking children, you probably don't want that route, but you may want to start where I did. Moses Lake is where my in-laws live, so I know the town well enough to get around, but not so well that I can tell you the names of all the roads. I've been married 18 years. It's not that I never see my in-laws, I just don't pay attention to road names when I'm out of town!
I had planned to head south of the I-90 exit near where the Starbucks is, I believe starting out on Hwy 17, but cutting off onto quieter, paved roads ASAP.
I think you can go just about any direction from Moses Lake and find a paved farming road. There are also tiny towns, like Warden for example, that can make good stopping points for water/food, depending on how many miles you want to do.
No worries about finding flat. It's all pretty flat. I don't know where you're camping, but there's a park you could stop in near the Mae Valley part of Moses Lake (I-90 has a Mae Valley exit, and the park is right next to the freeway.) Depending on the age of your kids, that might be a fun place for them to play. This would also be a good place to park a car and launch out from.
The exit there turns into a road going North. It's fairly busy, but the roads that go East and West, North of the Park, are quite slow. Many of them are paved. If you make it from there to the North end of the lake there is a resort/restaurant. You probably will want to scout it out ahead of time to find a route that is safe and a suitable distance.
If you are new to Moses Lake, Chico's is a great place to take the family for pizza. There's also a water park that's always a hit with kids. And there's a fish hatchery with a creek full of trout. Kids can catch five apiece, for $5 each I think. They usually "limit out" pretty quickly.