photo: Livingston Daily

Family road trips can leave you with memorable moments, but for one family their journey is an unforgettable trip of a lifetime because they swapped their car for a three-man bike. The Helminens epic six-week trip has them pedaling 1,200 miles with their dog in a trailer hitched behind them.

Eva and Karl Helminen set out on their route from Brighton, Michigan, with their 10-year-old son, Zack, and 5-year-old English bulldog, Duchess, on May 25, and they’re now over halfway through their trip. The family is participating in the Great Cycle Challenge U.S.A., a fundraiser to benefit the Children’s Cancer Research Fund, and they are currently the 7th ranked team among 30,000 bike-riding participants. The trip was inspired by a book, A Pedouin Life, which chronicles a trip authors Bill and Amarins Harrison took with their children on a bicycle built for five.

They are in the homestretch of their trek that took them across the state of Michigan and are now turned back towards home. It has been an amazing experience for the whole family, especially Zack who told the Livingston Daily, “The whole thing is the best part. We get tired, but we are getting stronger.” The family has also been stopping and doing some sightseeing in the small towns along the way. “I like the small town feeling, staying in little motels that are mom and pop, because the hospitality is unbelievable,” said Eva.

The family will be back home by July 5, but they are already talking about their next adventure. “I’m inspired. We’ll take a break from traveling and see how our (interior design) business is doing, and then probably next summer we’ll do another big bike trip. We were thinking we’ll maybe head south this time,” Karl said.

What fun adventures do you have planned with your family this year? Tell us in the comments below.