Saturday I planned to take the kids along the North branch trail from the Chicago Botanic Garden to Superdawg (20 mi one way) so I was planning on taking most of the day and make an outing of it. Turns out the wife made plans for the older kids to get their hair cut at 2:00.
So I decided to make it a "mini randonee" to see how they'd react to riding under a time limit. We left the CBG at 10:00 and I told them the Superdawg "control" closes at 12 noon. With the 7 y.o. leading the way on her little Gitane we made it there at 11:45
We had a fairly quick lunch and left Superdawg at 12:10 and made it back to the Botanic Garden "control" at exactly 1:30pm.
The best part is they were ready for more!
13 y.o was on the Ryan Vanguard
11 y.o. was on his vintage 24" Peugeot
9 y.o. was on her Sunset Lowracer
7 y.o. was on her 500A Gitane
40 mi+ in 3 1/2 hours with lunch, not too bad
The 5 and 3 y.o. were in the trailer on the back of my P-38 (I got my workout)