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First Family Bike Camping Trip

bike trip from Boston to Canton to camp at AMC Ponkapoag

25 miles (40 km) over 2 days from August 9, 2008 to August 10, 2008

Topic: Bicycle Touring  
Categories: Tour diaries, With kids, 2 days, First tour
Year: 2008
Keywords: kids twins camping swimming short


Copyright © 2008-2014 By Geoff Cisler - (contact)

Status: Completed Sep 2008
Last update: Monday September 8, 2008 09:08 (US/Pacific) (edited Mon 8 Sep 2008 09:14 (US/Pacific))
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Two days round trip

Saturday August 9, 2008, 25 miles (40 km) - Total so far: 25 miles (40 km)

Our whole family just got back from a laden bike/camping trip to the AMC campground at Ponkapoag Pond in Canton, MA:

I carried the girls in our Chariot Cabriolet bike trailer, along with as much as I could pack on the back and in the panniers, and Karen carried the rest in a converted Instep Quick N Easy trailer found by a friend in the garbage. Due to Friday rains, we ended up only going for one night (Saturday night), which was probably for the best, since it was our first bike trip and the campground required us to bring all our own drinking water. Additionally, the weather remained beautiful right up until the end of the weekend: 5 minutes after we parked the bikes in the garage it started pouring. Thunder at our heels!

The ride was roughly 12.5 miles in each direction, which numerically doesn't seem that much, since I do more than that each way on my commute, but it was still a bit of a haul. I didn't get a chance to weigh our loads, but considering we had supplies for the four of us, I would say at least 100 lbs. For our next trip, I want to weigh things out. There was some directional confusion on the way there due to misinformation from the camp site, and we ended up having to walk our bikes on hiking trails for about 20 minutes. (Basically, don't come from the north near Houghton's pond, but rather the southern entrance on Randolph St). All ended well and we spent most of the rest of the day relaxing in the pond and on the little dock. It was fantastic. The girls were so excited to go camping and I hope that by this time next year, this won't be such a foreign experience to them. They're used to the biking aspect of it, so that wasn't a problem. Karen wasn't used carrying/pulling so much weight, so that was the biggest challenge. I'd like to try shifting more weight to my bike to make our speeds and effort a bit more even.

We're pretty proud of ourselves, and this was really just a warm up for our Labor Day 4-day on Cape Cod, which involves biking to the Boston ferry terminal (7 miles), riding a ferry from Boston to Provincetown then riding another 10-15 miles to the campsite. For that trip, however, we have people to drive in the food, stoves and cold beer.

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