Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Central Coast, CA
Bikes: Surly LHT, Specialized Rockhopper, Nashbar Touring (old), Specialized Stumpjumper (older), Nishiki Tourer (model unknown)
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I went on a out and back tour with my son when he was 8. I carried most of the weight, but he had small rear saddlebags and a sleeping bag bungied to his rack. It was 30 miles each way. It was great, except we forgot to bring toys! We got to the campground and I was ready to read and/or nap. Amazingly, those activities didn't appeal to him. The only toy he had was his bike, so he asked if he could ride around the campground. He rode around and around, like kids in campgrounds do.
The next day was a rest day. We rode into town and bought some plastic army men and a couple plastic jeeps. He played with them and rode his bike around the campground some more.
We rode home the third day. When we got home he had about 20 more miles on his bike's computer than I did!