Originally Posted by LeeG
I don't know them to comment but the physics and logistics of superlong bikes and small kids freaks me out. I guess the 25-30miles a day reflects that reality. I remember riding down from Ukiah to Hwy20 on 101 and meeting a family on a custom triple towing their toddler in the trailer. I was 25 and fit, the parents in their late 20's. The set-up was impressive but all I could think of was what happens in a wipeout, how long it would take to scrub speed and how you'd want to limit speeds on descents. With a quint and that trailer the mass is huge and must have some hairy handling nature
skill is the word
this family is amazing
to undertake an adventure like this just makes about any other tour pale in comparison
simply put it comes down to will
this is a family that has built and paid for their house in Mt. Vernon, Ky
and bought a Co-motion quint!
can you possibly imagine the order of significance of that in comparison to their house... its amazing.
then to set out cross country
I was more than happy to help the family out
they are top notch people
they are not jocks
they don't knock out double centuries
what they do is follow a passion for cycling
and seeing the country from the perspective of being on a bike
their trailer burnt down, from a home made GPS device that was donated to them
they've had countless obstacles to over come
which ultimately reflects their resilience
I'd like to think that I could possibly undertake a venture of this nature
but with a wife, and 3 very young kids? that in its self huge
much less to have the focus to actually buy land
build a house, and pay for the building supplies along the way
which in the end leaves them a fully paid for house
then to sell off their car
and to rent out their house, which runs off of solar for the most part
they are awesome.
well... yes, its 14ft long
its over 100lbs
and they pull a Burley Nomad Trailer with a Cargo Rack
they are an inspiration, to say the least
when we wine about a steel bike
or lust for a high zoot fast bike
light weight camping, etc...
think of this family
personally i've done a fair amount of touring
jocks on vacation touring the coast
veteran tour riders
a family of 5 on a bike?
in the morning the Pedouins roll out (www.Pediouns.org
Velo Club Monterey
has done a great job in welcoming the family to our area
we were so happy to bring things together for them.