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Old 03-21-09, 08:20 AM
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Family on quint to Alaska

We are leaving on August 1, 2009 to pedal our quint bike to Alaska. The journey will take us from KY to Charleston, SC - The Florida Keys - San Diego, CA - Vancouver Island, from where we take the ferry to Whittier, AK. Here we pick up biking north to Fairbanks where we plan on arriving in the summer of 2010.

Our family consists of three daughters, my husband and myself. Our girls will be 6, 4 and 2 when we start. We have stoker kits for the 4 and 2 year old. We live in the rolling hills of Eastern Kentucky, giving us ample ability to practice the hills.

We are working on getting a website going which will include our more detailed route. We would like to connect with (tandem-)bikers along the route, to travel with us for parts of the trip and/or to help us find places to stay.

We will be pulling a trailer and perhaps put on some pannieres, depending on how much we'll be lugging along. We will be self contained, so we can stop and enjoy anywhere we want.

Has anyone pulled a trailer with a tandem before? Which one would you recommend? We are currently looking into the Wilderbeast from Kool-stop: https://www.koolstop.com/trailers/beast.html
Does anyone have any information about this trailer? How does it pull, etc.

Which are the best/most durable pannieres?

The trip is about 7,000 miles, so our stuff will have to last us that while at least. And that is not counting the return trip.

Anyway, we are very excited about the trip and are looking forward to your help on above mentioned questions.

Sincerely, Amarins
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Originally Posted by Amarins
We are leaving on August 1, 2009 to pedal our quint bike to Alaska. The journey will take us from KY to Charleston, SC - The Florida Keys - San Diego, CA - Vancouver Island, from where we take the ferry to Whittier, AK. Here we pick up biking north to Fairbanks where we plan on arriving in the summer of 2010.
If you're going from KY to Charleston, at some point you'll be at your closest to Greenville, South Carolina. We'd love to be one of your first hosts and help in anyway we can.

Hopefully you're planning on a Juneau visit too.
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I need to see pictures of your quint bike!
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I tour self contained on single bikes and toured on tandems and with children when they were a little older than yours- pulling them in a trailer in the early years them migrating to the tandem with child stoker adapters. That trailer is no longer made so I have no current advice on that.

One concern I would have with very young children on such a trip is the heat factor during August, September and October when you would be traveling the Southern Tier Route.Recent years have brought brutally high temperatures and humidity along the route.

They will be in your slipstream without as much benefit from wind evaporated sweat as the adults at the front. They do not understand dehydration and how it influences behavior or physical output. They only feel bad or worse can have heat stroke before anyone notices. [Just a cautionary note from another parent. You may have already planned for this. If so just ignore this part and enjoy the adventure.]
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Airwick, thanks for the invitation. We really appreciate it. Our route will take us via hwy 76 from GA into Sc, then SR28 south east to North Augusta. We will not be coming through Greenville. We'd love for you to come ride/camp with us when we are in the area.
We do plan on making a ferry stop in Juneau. Have you been there? What can you recommend?

rbrian, I have tried to attach a picture of our family with a quint similar to the one we will be riding. The file is to big, so I'll have to send you a link to our website once it is up. The quint picture will be on it. Sorry about it.

arctos, thanks for your input about dehydration. I hadn't thought about it yet. We'll certainly be keeping an eye on it. How did your children do with the adapters? How many miles a day did you ride?

We are planning on about 40 miles per day. With a 2-to-1 ride-to-rest ratio. And extra rest days in historical places.

Thanks for all the input. It is highly appreciated.

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Originally Posted by Amarins
Airwick, thanks for the invitation. We really appreciate it. Our route will take us via hwy 76 from GA into Sc, then SR28 south east to North Augusta. We will not be coming through Greenville. We'd love for you to come ride/camp with us when we are in the area.
We do plan on making a ferry stop in Juneau. Have you been there? What can you recommend?

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Happy to say I've been to Juneau eleven times. I don't think it will be difficult at all to find you a nice host family for your stay.

Maybe even Sarah will be in town and you could stay at the Governor's mansion.

We'll be following your trip.

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<<arctos, How did your children do with the adapters? How many miles a day did you ride?>>

The Phil Wood adapters worked well. The daily mileage varied greatly but your guesstimates and rest day ratios seem in the ballpark. Taking each day without rigid adult goals made for more enjoyable travel and peace of mind. Keeping the main focus on the needs of the small children really improved the adult experience for us parents.

We learned a lot about how to travel and how to see and observe from the kids. They learned lifelong activity options with one still riding 33 years later and his brother has migrated to trail running and tennis as he enters his 40's. We still prefer tandem riding and hiking.
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<<Taking each day without rigid adult goals made for more enjoyable travel and peace of mind.>> That's what we plan on doing. If it's not enjoyable for them, it won't be for us. We will learn on the road what will and what won't work with the kids. I calculated the miles of the trip just to see if it was even possible to make it to AK in one year.

We can hardly wait to get our bike. It's being made now and should be ready in late May. That gives us two months to get used to it. We certainly won't be it shipshape before the trip, but as far as I'm concerned, that will not stop us.

<<Happy to say I've been to Juneau eleven times. I don't think it will be difficult at all to find you a nice host family for your stay. >> We'll take you up on it when we get there!

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Wow!!! How exciting! We are a family of four who is currently touring in Belize - we'll be in Guatemala tomorrow! On our last trip, we used a triple bike with a BOB trailer and my husband reported that it handled quite well. We ended up riding 9300 miles with that configuration. You can check out our journeys at the link in my signature.

You might also want to read what Joe Kurmaskie at MetalCowboy.com has to say. He started out across Canada with a triple with a trailer, and felt it was too unstable so they put his wife on her own bike.

As soon as you get a website up, let me know the address - I want to follow along and I'll add it to my blogroll as well!k

Have fun!
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Originally Posted by Amarins
rbrian, I have tried to attach a picture of our family with a quint similar to the one we will be riding. The file is to big, so I'll have to send you a link to our website once it is up. The quint picture will be on it. Sorry about it.
Of course the file is big- with a bike thirty feet long, you`re gonna need a lot of pixels to get it all in there!

Seriously though, I`d sure like to see some pics of that beast too. I hope you keep us updated on your trip- it sounds very interresting. I can offer one more resource for you- another BFnet poster, username "Gus Riley", is getting ready to take a major tour on a triplet with one of those pedaling kid trailer things. I think their tour will be with support vehicle, so the kidmoblie will only be hooked up or removed as needed. I just looked up his posts and he`s all over the board, so probably kind of hard to catch him on any given subforum without sending a PM.
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Hi

If you want any information about your Alaska segment feel free to ask. ( For instance you really don't want to ferry to Whitter, use Seward instead. More direct, cheaper, and getting out of Whitter through the tunnel while very do-able is a hassle)
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Nancy, thanks for sending the e-mail about the tv show. We're e-mailing back and forth currently. We'll see what comes out of it. I'll let you know.

Rodar y rodar, the bike is 'only' 16 feet long. Can't imagine what a 30 feet long bike would look like, would be fun to see one though.

Alaska Tourer, How would I get from Juneau to Seward? Are there ferries that bypass Whitter? Or would you recommend for us to take a ferry from Whitter to Seward? I checked out the ferries on the marine highway, and as far as I recollect I didn't see one going to Seward. Can you send me a link? Thanks for this information. I didn't know about the tunnel either. Do you travel in the Seward - Anchorage area a lot by bike? Perhaps you can join us for a while once we're back on land.

Thanks all, Amarins
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We finally have our website up and going. So check it out. There are lots of pictures of the Quint bicycle.
www.pedouins.org

Thanks for your patience!

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Wow! That thing must have the turning circle of an oil tanker!

I hope you don't mind, I've taken the liberty of attaching a picture:

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Whoohee! That`s a doozy, all right! Out of curiosity, did you folks have experience with big bikes before you started putting your current trip together? I skimmed through you blog and didn`t see any mention of it, if you did. I`m just wondering because my wife and I are fairly new tandemers and we`re kind of getting the hang of it, but maneuvering is still clumsier than I expected. Whenever I see triplets I have to wonder how people manage. And for a quint.....

BTW, here`s an interresting site that was linked to recently on rbr:
https://mileposters.net/tripletsplus/
Lots of seats, lots of pedals, some really different arrangements.
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y'all are nuts. I like it very much!
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Quint needs about three lanes

rbrian: Thanks for adding the picture. I never could figure that out. A picture speaks a thousand words don't you think!

rodar y rodar: We need about three lanes to turn the bike around without having to get off. Let's hope we don't take wrong turns often. We do not have previous experience with tandem bicycles. We just went looking for an arrangement that we could all pedal on and stumbled upon a picture of a quint. We do have experience with doing 'crazy' things if you wish to call it that. So I guess this just fits.

Take care,
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I love the ingenuity using the SS Couplers. Brilliant.
https://www.pedouins.org/quint-5-4-3-2.html
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Fantastic!
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Figured I'd post a little update on their progress.

I rode with them for a day in Southern California, it was nice to meet all of them and spend some time with them.

They've made it to San Francisco and had lots of adventures on the way - including their trailer burning to the ground while camping; probably due to electronics overheating.
https://www.pedouins.org/

Link to their tracking
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“Once you start describing yourself,” he said, “people then start seeing you through the lens of that information. They start forming opinions. You get put in the box and they may not even know they are doing it.

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“This is an earthy, gutsy, primal trip that demonstrates you don't have to be rich to be happy," Harrison said.

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