49 Tips for a long distance family bike ride

  1. Entering Oregon on bike tourNever doubt your child
  2. Don’t doubt your child – even for one nanosecond
  3. Remember that kids are capable of a lot more than you think
  4. Make distances kid-friendly
  5. Keep kids in the loop
  6. Eat frequently
  7. Make sure bike and clothes fit properly
  8. Keep snacks in cut-off water bottle on handlebar
  9. Make list of daily chores while on tour
  10. Have kids help with decisions
  11. Study the map with kids
  12. Get plenty of sleep
  13. Take advantage of cool hours when hot
  14. Take advantage of warmer times when cold
  15. When you have a tailwind – ride fast and far
  16. Take lots of breaks
  17. Don’t ride against a headwind – it’ll only wear you out
  18. Keep distances manageable for all
  19. Let kids take as many toys as they can cram into their space
  20. Take lots of days off
  21. Take time to smell the roses
  22. Learn something in every single place you go
  23. Eat local food
  24. Encourage the kids to play with local children
  25. Carry layers, layers, and more layers
  26. Play games during breaks
  27. Have smaller, weaker children on tandem
  28. Take advantage of cultural events wherever you are
  29. Pack equipment in waterproof bags
  30. Stop at the city park so the kids can slide down the slide
  31. Try to avoid winter
  32. Plan lots of time off the bikes
  33. Ask permission to set up your tent in unusual places
  34. Give your child lots and lots of hugs
  35. Choose roads with wide shoulders
  36. Trust your kids – they know more than you think
  37. Tell them you love them
  38. Go in front so your child can follow your example
  39. Let kids lead so they feel more in control
  40. Give kids a designated place for keeping their toys
  41. Look for kid-friendly destinations
  42. If you find a water park, stop (even if you’ve only pedaled three miles)
  43. Pack wool clothes if you’ll be in cold temps
  44. Take breaks by drainage tunnels so they can play under the road
  45. Carry most of the weight on your bike
  46. Have flashlights for all for reading in the tent
  47. Sleep out under the stars regularly
  48. Drink lots of water
  49. Stop for ice cream!

books by Nancy Sathre-Vogel

About Nancy Sathre-Vogel

After 21 years as a classroom teacher, Nancy Sathre-Vogel finally woke up and realized that life was too short to spend it all with other people's kids. She and her husband quit their jobs and, together with their twin sons, climbed aboard bicycles to see the world. They enjoyed four years cycling as a family - three of them riding from Alaska to Argentina and one exploring the USA and Mexico. Now they are back in Idaho, putting down roots, enjoying life at home, and living a different type of adventure. It's a fairly sure bet that you'll find her either writing on her computer or creating fantastical pieces with the beads she's collected all over the world.

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