Author Topic: Great Divide - with kids  (Read 6237 times)

0 Members and 2 Guests are viewing this topic.

Offline noreen

Great Divide - with kids
« on: May 16, 2004, 01:28:45 am »
I've bikepacked (self-contained bicycle touring) on the Oregon and California coasts, the San Juan Islands of Washington State and love it!
My 50 mile days with fully-loaded bike ended when my nephew came to live with me. Fast forward a few years.
My nephew is now 10 yrs old, a happy camper, who can bike 15-20 miles at a pop quite comfortably.
I'd like to get him hooked on bikepacking, but am not comfortable taking him down Hwy 101 with the car traffic on the Pacific Coast.
What about the back roads and trails of the Great Divide route?
Have any of you ridden the route with kids?
I'm off work from August 12 - September 15. Looking for ideas on which sections would be best to ride, considering the limited distance per day and weather at that time of year.
Noreen (& Tyler)

Offline OmahaNeb

Great Divide - with kids
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2004, 11:51:28 am »
I have done the Colorado section with my 16 year old.  I would look for a section with more towns / lakes / swimming pools to pass through.  I wouldn't let highway traffic discourage you from touring with your nephew.  I have taken my 9 and 13 year old son touring on highways in Minnesota and Nebraska.  I find highways with a good 6 foot shoulder, and moderate traffic.  You can obtain this information from the state via web sites.  My kids really liked visiting the towns we road through.

Offline rollin'on

Great Divide - with kids
« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2004, 11:18:41 pm »
I hope you have found a ride for your nephew and you.  Last summer I traveled the Kettle Valley Railway in British Columbia (just outside of Penticton) with a 6 and 10 year old on their first bike touring experience.  It was wonderful!  It is an abandon railway so the grade is very gentle.  Backcountry travel but lodges and lakes along the way.  I've also ridden 300 miles of the Divide trail and think it could be a little much for a first timer.  Check around for other Rail-to-Trail routes that travel through the backcountry - I'm now a huge fan after our experience in Canada!  Contact me if you'd like any ideas.