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Offline are you kidding me?

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.

Thanks

Offline mucknort

Re: Kids on the Great divide
« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2009, 10:52:24 am »
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.
Huh?!?! Am I reading this right that you are going to spring the idea on him at the last minute??? My wife, son (now 10), and I having been planning a trip from Boston to Seattle to LA in 2010 for years. By keeping my son in the loop with planning and anticipation he is fully on-board and excited about the trip. I recommend including your son in the planning, as well, or you may end up with a hesitant (balking) participant.

(oh, and I don't think 44 is old, as I'm 48 and I ain't old!)
« Last Edit: July 29, 2009, 10:54:28 am by mucknort »

Offline are you kidding me?

Re: Kids on the Great divide
« Reply #2 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.
« Last Edit: August 01, 2009, 01:25:21 am by is 44 old? »