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    First U24O with the kids (Under 24h Overnighter)

    We started at HaZorea Kibbuts (Israel) and headed to the hills. The first day (Friday afternoon) was mostly uphill. I towed my girl (4.5) with the Towwhee strap, and the boy (7) rode pretty much on his own (he has a very light 20" geared bike)

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    We camped in the woods, just a random point with no facilities:

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    Saturday morning surprised us with a drizzle, very rare for this time of the year. After hiding for sometime in the tent, the kids got to anxious to move on, and we continued.

    There was on steep descent at the beginning of this day, on a wet road - not ideal conditions for the coaster-brake-only bike of my girl (a modified Specialized Hotrock 12). The solution was to attach the Towwhee again, but this time she was "towing" me. That trick kept her speed under control, until we arrived to the creek at the bottom, were the road turned into a good quality gravel road:

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    The bottom part of this creek (Nahal HaShofet) is paved in order to accommodate wheelchairs (there's a circular pavement trail there):

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    The whole trip was about 9km. Still, for the kids, it was a challenging and rewarding journey.

    How was everything packed: because I knew the first day uphill will be a challenge for the boy, he carried absolutely nothing. Anyway, considering his age, he can't carry much. Which means I had to carry all the gear:

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    The trailer has:

    3 person tent (Alps Mountaineering Extreme 3)
    2 sleeping bags
    2 inflatable sleeping mats (Nature Hike ultralights, which are OK for kids)
    1 foam sleeping mat (A new inflatable is on its way...)
    Sheet and blanket for the little one
    Extra water
    Food for dinner and the second day
    Stove and a light aluminum pot
    First aid kit
    Little stools
    Spare clothing for the kids

    I DIDN'T carry spare inner tubes, just a patch kit. I know, sounds a little extreme, but i knew the terrain is smooth, and the chance of getting that-particular-flat-which-I-cannot-handle-with-a-patch was slim. Bear in mind also, there are four different wheel sizes here:

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    OK, still the trailer was quite heavy. My point is: it doesn't really matter. There is no point whining about the weight here, A-LA-GDR style, because a trip with small kids is going to be relatively short anyway, and without significant uphills. For a short distance over smooth terrain, an experienced rider can handle any weight.

    I put this info here to display that it's possible, achievable and fun to do this with small kids. You need to plan the course well, and to be prepared to carry the necessary stuff, but it's a huge adventure for the whole family.
    Last edited by oren_hershco; 04-25-2018 at 06:49 AM.

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    nice work dad!

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    +1 Nice work dad!

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    great job dude!

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