Following on from our Quilatoa loop, Nancy, Sage and I merged forces with the Dammer brothers and their extended family tribe. In any shape or form, this would have been a wonderful outing. In any shape or form, our first outing together would have been enjoyable enough. It came complete with dirt roads, singletrack, a hike ‘a bike and even a stint bouncing along the sleepers of a disused railroad, set to a backdrop of high altitude páramo and silhouetted volcanos. But factor in no less than eight bicycles and five accompanying trailers, charged with a payload of six month to three year old children, and such a journey takes on a different, even more memorable character. So much so that I consider this diminutive expedition, compacted into three nights, to be amongst my most enjoyable tours… ever.
Despite the downpours, the occasional meltdowns and the odd flipped trailer, our dirt road family tour proved to be an incredible life experience for everyone, of all ages. We blazed a trail of family mayhem through the countryside. We got lost and we found our way. We built roaring campfires and drank water bubbling up from highland springs. We cooked vegetables fresh from the Dammer’s farm. We explored, we laughed, and we shared a love of bikes, good company and simple living… and of course, enjoyed some fabulous riding in the beautiful land of Ecuador.
At the risk of sounding overly effervescent, I really couldn’t recommend a mega-family bike adventure more highly, wherever it may be in the world, for however many days you may have. Call up your friends, gather the troops and brew up a plan. Make the time, and go do it. I can guarantee that it will warm the cockles and feed the soul. For everyone involved.
We explored, we laughed, and we shared a love of bikes, good company and simple living… and of course, enjoyed some fabulous riding in the beautiful land of Ecuador.
Although our Chariots struggled over the terrain we encountered, they’re still excellent, hardwearing trailers – and the CX and Cougar models are all on sale at KidTrailerShop right now, an affiliate link of this site. While I prefer the simplicity and weight savings of the cheaper Cougar model, the CX (which we own) features a more comfortable seat, removable window panels and improved waterproofing. To help with the rough cobblestones found in Ecuador, the Dammers have adapted their trailers with larger volume, 2+in tyres.
However, two wheel trailers have a tendency to tip over uneven terrain. From the looks of it, a single wheel Weehoo could be the ideal option for shorter dirt road and singletrack tours, in fair weather at least. Or, the high end Tout Terrain Singletrailer, complete with 120mm of suspension and ample ground clearance.
For past El Huevito Adventures, check out our ride in Conguillío National Park, Chile, and along the Chilean Pacific Coast. To dig further back still, you can read about Sage’s first overnighter in New Mexico here.
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