I'm stuck with finding a tour route for a group of 12-14 year olds at the end of June. We had more grandious plans, but circumstances have conspired to limit what we can do. (If I can't find something suitable we may have to scratch the idea entirely.) We're going to have to limit our trip to a week or so (maybe I can get 9 days out of 'em.) We live by San Luis Obispo. I'd like to find something within a day's drive, or maybe a day and a half (drive 2-3 hours in the morning of the second day then go for a short first day's ride.) We don't want to be too close to home - it will be more exciting for the kids to go somewhere new.
The fact that they're kids limits my options. I don't want to take them on busy roads with no shoulder (so the Big Sur coast is out.) I don't want to take them over any gnarly passes. A long, gradual climb might be okay on the 3rd or 4th day, but not for the first couple. I want to limit our miles for the first couple of days - probably no more than 20 miles. The furthest any of them have ridden in a day was 20 miles, unloaded, and that was a challenge. I do plan on taking them on as many training rides as I can between now and June so they'll be a bit tougher, but the first couple of days on a tour are always tough for me too, so I usually limit my own miles to around 30 if I can.
We'll be self-supported and we'll be camping, although a night or two in a motel won't break anyone's heart. We don't want too much heat.
Does anyone have any suggestions?