Hi all -
I am an adult Scout leader and have been given the green light to coordinate a bike tour for our unit's High Adventure activity next summer. To that end, I've got a number of questions:
-What can anyone tell me about riding along the Pacific Coast in central-southern CA? This would probably be the best route to go; not sure which direction to go but I'd prefer to not take the boys south of Ventura. I'm also concerned about leading a train of boys on busy roads.
-Does anyone have suggestions for DIY racks and panniers? Our chartering organization prefers that we stay within our budget and frowns on fundraisers. I don't want the boys to spend a lot of their own money on equipment (especially if they don't enjoy it), and am leaning toward a sag wagon, but want to consider my options.
-What preparations would you suggest to train the boys? I remember doing small tours when I was the same age and after a while my butt HURT! But I am pretty persistent so didn't let it stop me, and some of these boys...well, let's just say physical activity is a foreign concept. I'm thinking of arranging some weekend rides starting in April to get them used to riding for long distances, but is there anything else?
-What am I missing?
Thanks in advance for any and all suggestions. I'm really looking forward to doing this, but I want to make sure the boys have a safe and enjoyable time so want to get all the kinks worked out well in advance.