The Perfect Father’s Day Gift for the Outdoor Dad. These dads headed to the mountains for an adventure of a lifetime. Some even went with their sons and made it a father and son activity.
If you haven’t gone biking as a family, I highly recommend it. After our second child was born we decided to become a biking family!
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For Mother’s day, my husband bought me a bike and we invested in a bike trailer since our little ones were still too young to keep up with us. Since our first ride on Mother’s day we’ve been hooked on biking and my husband has even taken it to a more adventurous level.
I personally can do without the mountain bike experience but if you’ve ever visited Ecuador and your an outdoors person your soul calls out to explore the mountains. So I decided to give him this experience as a gift for Father’s day with a bunch of his friends.
Why Gift Experiences?
If your spouse is anything like mine it’s hard to shop for them. Seriously, when I ask him what he wants for his birthday or Father’s day I usually get something like Reese candy.
Well, after 5 years of marriage we realized he doesn’t need more ties, cologne, techy gadget. So that is when I decided to start giving him “Gift Experiences”. Sometimes I organize it with a bunch of his friends and other times it’s just for us.
If you’re out of gift ideas for your husband or father I highly recommend giving him a “Gift Experience”!
Sometimes they even open up the doors to a new interest or hobby. So the experience doesn’t necessarily have to be something they love doing but it can be an activity or trip they would possibly enjoy in light of their other interest.
The Perfect Father’s Day Gift for the Outdoor Dad
He’s enjoyed the father and son biking trip experience so much that I’ve actually, organized this as a Christmas gift and for his birthday in the past 5 years.
I do want to point out that many of these dads had not done mountain biking before but they were outdoorsy enough to want to try a new adventure.
Most of the dads didn’t have any of the gear or a vehicle that would be needed to ride down the banks of Cotopaxi Volcano. So I searched online for a company that could help facilitate my fun gift idea and I found the Biking Dutchman located here in Quito, Ecuador. I’m sure you can find something similar in your city.
Well, a year later when I was planning another trip I looked up Biking Dutchman again — and to my surprise, they updated their payment process, so planning for a large group tour was really easy. I always dread collecting money from each individual for a large group activity.
There’s always someone who forgets to pay, who doesn’t do what you ask by the timeline requested … so it ends up being a big headache trying to track down each individual. But this time around, all I had to do was have each person go to their website and pay online themselves, easy peasy. Seriously, with all that I had going on that week it probably would have been a deal breaker if it would’ve involved more organizing on my part.
My husband shares his biking experience
Now for my husband’s point of view (he was one of the riders) on this Quito-Papallacta-Amazon Bike Tour.
We started at the natural hot pools due to the inclement weather and then biked out to the main highway and towards the jungle. We were able to relax for a couple of hours in the hot pools. I was thankful for the truck that followed behind us since we had a tire blowout. They also took care of the roadside punctures. Then we got back in the car and rode up to the pass where travelers stop to pay homage to the Virgin Mary and from there we road our bikes towards Pifo and Puembo.
A little information on Biking Dutchmen
“The company is based in Quito, Ecuador just a short drive from the Avenue of the Volcanoes, in the heart of the Andes mountains. From here cyclists have access to a huge diversity of rides ranging from snow-capped, active volcanoes, exhilarating paramo, cloud forest, and jungle paths. Our trails cross hundreds of miles, most completely free of traffic, on unpaved roads and tracks. Of course, the great heights of the mountains make up-hill rides difficult at times. Consequently, we offer our clients the option of cycling tours with little or no uphill riding. Our trusty support vehicles will do the donkey work and get you to the top . . .”
Biking Dutchman Address
Foch # E4-283 y Amazonas
Telf: (593) 2 2568 323 o 2542 806
Cel: 099 4205349
Tel-Fax (593) 2 2541658
Office hours: Mo.- Fr.: 9:30-17:30