youtubeMy wife has camped at Fort Flagler State Park since she was a child. The park was also the first camping experiences for my daughter and son. Both camped there before they were a year old. One of the many activities we have enjoyed there through the years is traversing the park exploring the old military batteries. When our children were young, my wife and I were “middle age”, we laced up the boots and visited the batteries on foot. As our children became older, bicycles became the preferred mode of transportation.

Getting to the Batteries

When my son married and became an RV owner, he continued the tradition, taking his own family camping at the park and exploring the batteries. Our daughter-in-law even wrote an article about the next generation continuing the family tradition. For the past several years, not only have my wife and I been able to join my son and his family, but our daughter and her family have been able to join us as well. By utilizing infant carriers, a bike trailer and a tag-along, we were able to accommodate all of us on bikes to enjoy our traditional ride.

Taking A Break Along the Way

As my wife and I have progressed to senior citizenship, over the past couple years the ability to ride up and around to the military batteries has become more of a challenge. Wanting to keep the tradition alive I thought a pedal assist eBike might be the solution. The hope was an eBike would supply the extra power needed to pedal up the steeper inclines. Fortunately, I know a person that works at Greggs Cycle in Seattle that was gracious enough to lend us an eBike for our most recent trip to Fort Flager. As hoped, it was a great solution allowing us to continue navigating the trails and old roads to the batteries with the whole family. In fact, my wife was first to reach the top on several of the steeper inclines as the eBike allowed her to pedal up the hills without becoming winded. It was a great day being able to continue our family tradition with our adult children, their spouses and four grandchildren.

The Tradition Continues

After discovering how an eBike allowed us to continue our family tradition, I began to think about other advantages for RVers.

• An eBike is a great alternative when scoping out available sites at the campground rather than breaking the dinghy or tow vehicle loose to do so.

• They would be great to use in a National Park, like Zion, that no longer allow personal vehicles for touring. An eBike allows you to skip the shuttles and enjoy the park on your schedule.

• An eBike is a great option for getting around at RV rallies and conventions where traditional vehicle parking close to activities is limited. You can always park “upfront”!

• They allow you to go places where conventional motorized vehicles are prohibited. This opens up a whole new world of places to explore for seniors that can no longer pedal long distances.

• Ebikes don’t require an endorsement to ride on the road like a motorcycle or gas-powered scooter.

Exiting the Campground

In closing, I would like to again thank Gregg’s Cycle for providing the eBike for this article. Founded in 1932, Gregg’s Cycle is the premier bike shop in the Pacific Northwest. Gregg's believe bicycles make the world a better place, bring families together, and they strive to get more people on bikes every day. They work with the best manufacturers in the industry to bring you products that fit your cycling needs at an affordable price. They have locations in Green Lake, Lynnwood and Bellevue. Don’t live in the Pacific Northwest? Gregg’s offers free shipping on orders over $75 to addresses in the 48 continental United States and free shipping on orders over $150 for Alaska and Hawai'i residents.

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Dave Helgeson
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Dave Helgeson is the MHRV Show Director. He and his wife love to travel across the west in their RV. Dave writes about all things RVing but loves to share destinations and boondocking advice.

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