This is the story of how my eight-year-old son bagged his first real overnight bikepacking trip on the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal.
Beauty abounds with every pedal stroke. Riding the incredible car-free Mickelson Trail in the Black Hills of South Dakota is an adventure worth repeating.
Adventure is our business, and business is good, especially with a bike-traveling two-year-old.
Terry and Joshua completed a quick out-and-back S24O (Say "Es-Two-Four-Oh," a sub-24-hour bike trip). On a first ever bike overnight for either of them, they chose an easy, non-technical route for young Joshua.
I flew into the Thermopolis, WY airport from Fort Collins, CO and bicycled south up the Wind River Canyon to Boysen Reservoir in Boysen State Park. Steep canyon walls and a raging river made this short trip a treat.
We toured Winnebago County in north central Illinois. This trip has it all: campgrounds, hills, countryside, rivers, beautiful parks, and a dash of urban scenery, all ninety miles west of Chicago. This three-night bike overnight with two full days of riding made a perfect shakedown tour before our tour around Lake Michigan.
Adventure abounds on Iowa's many beautiful trails. We explored the Raccoon River Valley Trail, rode a moonlight ride on the High Trestle Trail, cruised trails in Des Moines, and more in one long weekend.