by Sissy, 10 years old
Bike touring is traveling a long distance on bikes. Usually, you learn about the place you’re touring in slowly and get a better understanding of what the place is like. Bike touring also helps you understand the people around you better. There are advantages and disadvantages to bike touring.
The good things I’ve noticed are that you can enjoy the scenery without whizzing past it like you would in a car. You can see all sorts of birds, animals, and plants when you’re on a bike and you can better understand their behaviors and habits too. My brothers and I like to fish when the opportunity is available. You can meet lots of new and friendly people on a bike tour. Some may help you more than you think!
Bad things also happen on bike tours. Since you are outdoors all the time you are exposed to biting insects. Bug bites aren’t very fun to have. They’re itchy and annoying. Sicknesses are not nice either; you can’t do very much and you don’t really have a comfy place to lay down. When you bike for a long time in one position you can get aches and pains. One thing that’s funny, but still a bad thing, is not to have enough toilet paper. It’s one thing you really need. Privacy is something you’ll figure out that you really want, but rarely get on a bike tour. It’s not nice to know that someone could be looking at you while you’re getting dressed or going to the bathroom.
Thankfully, most of the time on a bike tour you have more good things happen to you than bad things. So most of the time you can enjoy your bike tour with no worries.
The view along our hike up to Lewis and Clark Caverns. *Milestone moment: Lil’ Mo hiked the 4.5 mile trail (with over a 1,000 foot climb) by herself, and didn’t even ask to be carried once!
The older three kids were mesmerized once inside. Tango came up to me with a giddy smile and said, “This was worth it!” Seeking clarification, I asked if it was worth the effort of the hike or the expense of admission. “Both!” Inside the caverns:
Look at that BIG sky ahead of us!
At Missouri Headwaters State Park (a little more Lewis and Clark history): the confluence of the Gallatin and Jefferson-Madison Rivers
Attempting to skip stones at the confluence of the Jefferson and Madison Rivers.
The tipi was fun and novel for a night. However, it confirmed our reasons for having two separate tents as our standard set up.