Simply Propelled: Adventures of the Clark Family

Our goal is to complete extended self-propelled wilderness camping trips with our two young children. We love spending time together as a family outdoors, and we are at the forefront of the trend to get kids into the wilderness on big adventures. As a family we have travelled 6000 km by canoe in the Arctic, and another 6000 km by bike in South America. We've slept under the stars over 500 nights during these journeys and look forward to another adventure.

This 11,200 km route follows the Continental Divide of North America as well as the Baja Divide. It will take us nine months to cycle the whole distance between the Arctic and the south tip of the Baja Peninsula. Most of the route will be on gravel roads in the wilderness near the divide.

This trip is unique in approach and involves considerable commitment, organization and preparation because we are going as a family with children 8 and 10 years of age. This will be our most challenging trip yet and may be the most ambitious bikepacking trip undertaken as a family, being mostly gravel tracks through geographically remote wilderness. The riding will be technically difficult and we need to carry all our water in Mexico and New Mexico.

Simply Propelled: An Introduction from Dan Clark on Vimeo.

Our Next Journey

Leg 1: South from the Arctic 

Where: 3400 kms from the Arctic Ocean to Banff

When: July & Aug. 2017

Details: Half gravel and half pavement with long distances between services in the far north.

Leg 2: North through Mexico

Where: 3600 kms through Mexico’s Baja Peninsula along the Baja Divide route. This rugged bikepacking route has never been traversed by a family and is very remote.

When: Feb. thru Apr. 2018

Details: 95% unpaved with little water, this may be the most technically difficult part of the entire route.

Leg 3: Great Divide Mountain Bike Route USA

Where: 4200 km on GDMBR, New Mexico to Banff

When: May thru Aug. 2018

Details: Gravel roads and tracks with 150,000 ft of climbing on the spine of the divide. This will be a challenging conclusion on the world’s longest mapped MTB route! The conclusion of the trip (where Leg 1 from the Arctic and Leg 3 from Mexico and the US meet) will be near Jasper, AB at the geohydrological apex of North America in late Aug. 2018. 

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Wish us well on our journey!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

The Clark Family: Dan, Alice, Koby, and Ava Fei

Cycling has been part of our life since our kids were born. When they were babies, cycling provided us a time-crunched workout between diaper changes. But these were solitary missions, not family adventures. Our cycling took on a new dimension in 2014 when we left our home and jobs and flew to the tip of South America for our first bike trip as a family. During our eight-month ride, north along the Andes of Chile, Argentina, and Bolivia we discovered the freedom that bikes and an open itinerary allow. We experienced the peace and solitude of roads less traveled, strengthened our family bonds, and were welcomed into a larger family of cyclists from around the world - our “Familia Ciclista.”

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