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General Discussion / Re: Kids on the Great divide
« on: August 01, 2009, 01:18:13 am »
definitely not springing it on him at the last minute.  Just not 2 years ahead.  I meant I want to work through some of the logistics and make sure it is doable.  For example, it may well be that I can't get the leave of absence I need from work in the window that would make the trip feasible that year.  I expect that a couple of months from now that he'll be fully engaged in the planning.

Routes / Iron Curtain Trail
« on: July 26, 2009, 10:19:46 am »
Here's something a little different for those who grew up during  the Cold War

General Discussion / Kids on the Great divide
« on: July 19, 2009, 07:05:12 pm »
I am looking at taking my son on an epic journey in a  couple of years -- the Great Divide.  He will be 12.  He is big for his age and athletic.

Although neither of us has done anything like this before, I anticipate several shorter trips before the big adventure.
So, of course I am looking for advice.    (I have been reading the stories for years, so the advice regarding a  trip to a shrink will be ignored)

Has anyone done the whole divide with kids/teens?   Did you use tandem or solo bikes?
I am thinking solo bikes with trailers for each of us.

How did you find maintaining ties with home and friends?  I don't expect home sickness to be an issue, but some contact is nice.

Any suggestions on trip planning that is specific to kids?  I plan on doing a lot of logistical planning before he ever knows so he won't get frustrated with the long timeline.

Thoughts and comments are welcome.


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