Hello, all. First post in this forum, I'm usually in the Commuting and Advocacy & Safety forums. I'm actually not a bike tourist yet, although I would like to be at a later point in my life, when it will more possible. Right now I've got young children.
I just returned from a vacation where I had the opportunity to try kayaking for the first time. I was able to take just a 30 minute paddle around a river in a solo kayak, so maybe it's too soon to say for sure that I would ever be serious enough to implement the idea I'm about to describe, but I did enjoy it, and it got me thinking. I found a nice groove and was thinking I could probably do this all day, and naturally progressed to thinking about taking a few weeks or even a month or two some future year and doing an extended paddling trip, camping out at night. It soon occurred to me, of course, that if you could carry a folding bike on the kayak, that would be useful to tie up at the riverbank and bike into a town for more supplies, or even eat out once in a while. Finally, today I realized that with a hitch and a set of wheels and axle for the boat, you could also enable yourself to switch modes and go overland when necessary, towing the kayak behind the bike! Interchangeable bi-modal human-powered transportation, whoo whoo!!
Anyone done this, or know about it? I've done a little checking out of kayak touring sites and I'm sure it could be done, but haven't found any record of anyone actually doing it. I also found an old thread here about pedal-powered kayaks, but that's not what I mean. There's no point doing any serious planning at this point, but I'm curious to hear if anyone else has done it (must be) and what stories and advice they might have. Thanks!