My wife found this blog in which a couple and their small children (one of whom was nursing) take a year to ride their bicycles across North America. They started in Hamilton, Ontario, and for a year, road.
After my wife read all of the blog entries, I asked her if she’d want to ride across the U.S. No, she doesn’t want to tackle the Rockies. I don’t blame her. What she wants to do, though, is load up our camping gear on our bikes and take a trip to a nearby state park and camp for a few days. That sounds like fun.
Before our car broke down, we were planning to go camping. But after it broke down, we cancelled the camping trip. I suggested loading our gear in our wagon and walking up to the municipal campground that’s about 2 miles from here. We didn’t camp. Who says you need a car to camp? Folks hiking the Appalachian Trail carry their tents, bed rolls and other things on their backs, don’t they?
We have an oversized tent that doesn’t roll up neatly. It’s huge. We also have a much smaller, four-person tent that we got as a wedding gift. I think that’s the tent we’ll have to take. The downside of that tent is that with a queen-size air mattress, there is no room for a third person. The four-person tent is really a two-person tent, and we’re a family of three. Dogs would have to go to doggie camp (the kennel) or have a dog-sitter visit them when we do this trip.
The trip is still in the exploratory stage. We haven’t begun to figure out what kind of trailer we might need for one of our bicycles. We also haven’t checked what gear we need to downsize to lighten our load. When you’re a car person, it’s easy to acquire stuff. When you’re a car-free person, it’s a little harder to acquire stuff. After all, stuff has to be brought home, and without a car trunk to stick it in, it’s a bit harder to bring home. But then, with online shopping, who needs a car, right? But I digress.
We’re also talking about getting a tandem so that our son would not have to ride his own bike, but could hitch on the back with mom or dad. Right now, he rides on a Sun Tug-a-Bug, a trailer that hitches onto the back of my bike to make it a tandem.