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Old 12-16-07, 12:03 AM   #1
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anybody else tour with their kids?

I'm just wondering how many people in here tour with their kids - I haven't found any threads about it at all. My husband and I got back home in June from a one-year, 9300-mile bike tour around the USA and Mexico with our 9-year-old boys. Now we are gearing up to take off again - this time we'll leave in June 2008 to ride from Alaska to Argentina!!! We are very excited!

Anybody else tour with thier kids?
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Nancy, I followed your tour daily. I watched your boys grow up. I feel like I was your sister. Your narrative didn't just detail miles and food eaten, it showed a family having goods days, and some not so good days. I felt your pain when your mom got sick, and later when you left to be with her. My condolences to you. I can't wait for your next tour. I met Gus Riley, who purchased your triple on RAGBRAI several years back. Are the boys glad to be back in school? Do they have the same symptoms that adults have trying to get back to a normal life, or did they just adapt.

I have the touring bike, the gear, the available vacation days....but the job won't let me go. I'm hoping to retire early with all the cutbacks. I turned 50 this year and will be able to tour in five years or less. In the meantime, I guess I'll have to settle for a 2 week tour and spend several hours a day reading CGOAB.

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I am super lucky as I have been able to tour with most of my kids for a couple of months each summer. Its great, I have watched my kids grow up from the tag a long to being self propelled, from being shy, little tikes to being capable somewhat extroverted young ladies. The sad thing now is that my oldest (twins) at 18 must, or at least should work during the summers, so now we are down to one child and a dad We talked about it last year and have decided that we will continue to have an annual tour once every spring, but only for two weeks, like many of the tourists we encounter.

There are so many great things about touring, it should be manditory!

We will be along your route I gather, drop me a line if you want a place to stay,shower, and repair.
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I'm just wondering how many people in here tour with their kids - I haven't found any threads about it at all. My husband and I got back home in June from a one-year, 9300-mile bike tour around the USA and Mexico with our 9-year-old boys. Now we are gearing up to take off again - this time we'll leave in June 2008 to ride from Alaska to Argentina!!! We are very excited!

Anybody else tour with thier kids?
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Old 12-16-07, 01:22 PM   #5
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Thank you so much Debbie! We really enjoyed having our journal - and I wanted to make it much more than just how many miles we traveled and what we ate. Of course, food was a major part of our tour, so it certainly came into the journal more than once!! We feel so blessed to have had this time with our boys - they are special young men! As teachers, John and I have always had summers off but in the end we decided to quit our jobs and go - life is too short to have regrets. I do understand that not everyone can quit their job - even if they may want to!! We will not have our journal on CGoaB this time - we'll have our blog at www.familyonbikes.org We really like CGoaB and it was very easy to use - but it got cumbersom after about 200 pages. Next time we will have around 1000 - so we needed a system we can managed more easily. I hope you follow along with us!

teamcompi - I can't imagine how I will feel when my boys get that age. I want them to stay like htey are forever!! I'm very happy to read that you've been out touring with them all along - I'm sure y ou have many, many memories of those trips!! thanks for the offer of a resting place. We still aren't sure what route we will be taking - but we might end up going through Houston.

Thanks for that link masiman!! I'll be sure to check itout - I love reading about other families out touring with their kids!!
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My kids are 6 and we currently ride a Trek T900 tandem with a MountainTrain trailer bike (dd is smaller than ds, so she usually gets the MountainTrain). I haven't toured with them yet, but I do at least plan to ride to the local camping sites this summer for weekend "trips" to give them an idea of what my brothers and I did with our dad. DD wants to ride her solo bike around town, but riding our mountainous terrain all the way to the Nat Forest sites is too much for her yet. Of course, the TAB is a single speed, so she gets a free ride when we are going any speed. DS is too busy watching the world to want to navigate for himself, but he is a powerful peddler when he wants us to go faster!

After we get accustomed to local trips, my plan is to drive to a location, set up our camper, then day-trip around the area. I'm not quite ready for an unsupported tour. ;-)

Love your site. Alaska to Argentina sounds like a great trip!

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Hey CAtherine!! I love the idea of day trips in various places! We never did that - our bikes left the driveway with riders on them. It would have been fun to take the bikes to other places, but somehow that just never happened.

We can't wait for our next trip - it'll be such a blast!! And strangely enought - the kids have been talking lately about how excited they are about getting back to Mexico. they loved it there!
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