I'm thinking of signing up for the Northwest Tandem Rally (http://nwtr.org/2012/), and riding with my 12 year old son and 7 year old daughter on our Bike Friday tandem pulling an Adams Trail-a-Bike.
Anyone ever been to a tandem rally; what's it like? Would there likely be any other kids there, or mainly older tandem enthusiasts in matching gear? Anyone ever ridden in that area - west central Oregon centered around Salem?
As my kids are somewhat experienced tourers, with maybe 3 50+ mile rides under their belts, and a number more of 40+ (check out our 2010 CA tour here: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?...c_id=7203&v=Ci), my concern is less with the distance, and more that the event is fun for them and they don't feel trapped on the bike all day. Do teams more typically ride on their own, or with others? Are there enough teams that you feel like you're part of a group activity, or are you more likely on your own for long stretches of road without seeing others? What is the scenery/ what are the stops like in that area/ are there interesting things to get off the bike and do? (Or is there some focus/pressure on keeping going to get to your destination by day's end?)
On our 2010 CA coast tour, we enjoyed a mix of great scenery (ocean views, redwood forests, prairies, rolling farmland), things to do (tourist stops, interesting small towns, beaches, cheese factory tour), places to stay (both camping and motels), that kept things fun and interesting for the kids. I like the idea of a tandem rally, and this year's NWTR may be a fit as it's a do-able drive from home, but not sure what it will actually be like and if it will be worth the time and effort to go.