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  • We Live in a Van Now
    How did we decide to live in a van? Funny story. We met three women in their fifties and sixties who owned a horse farm in the middle of Bumfuck Nowhere between the Colorado and Utah border. “Come live with us,” they said. “We’ll…
  • I Quit My First Solo Bikepacking Trip
    Since the close of 2021 (The Year of The Bike!), I have been sitting next to the wood stove in my house, reading through all of my journals over the last year. Occasionally pausing to trudge through my yard, which is sparkling with a…
  • Bikepacking Diaries 009: You Can’t Trust Every Rainbow As A Good Sign
    Read Day One:(Bikepacking Diaireis 008) to catch up on our bicycle trip so far. After a sleepless night of cold rain, we woke up to loud wind rattling the tarp above us. It annoyed me to no end, all I wanted to do was…
  • Bikepacking Diaries 008: What’s The Point Of A One Nighter?
    “What’s the point of only going out for one night?” Ian grumbled as we sipped hot coffee from the comfort of our couch. “There might be lessons for us. Who knows!” I grinned, eager to get outside. “This could be the trip where I…
  • Bikepacking Diaries 007: Is That A Real Bike?
    The last thirteen miles of our trip were a gift from Bryce Canyon National Park. In the trees away from the road hid a beautifully paved two lane bike path. We exited the skinny shoulder of the road and left the passing cars behind….
  • Bikepacking Diaries 006: A Hump Day Breakdown
    “I hate pedaling on pavement,” I muttered, throwing my bike down and sitting in what little shade the bushes offered. Ensue rant: This is dangerous and stupid. American roads were made by bastards. Why is there no shoulder? Heaven forbid a bicycle lane be…
  • Bikepacking Diaries 005: Pavement State of Mind
    “Pavement is a good place to get into a strong mental space,” Ian said. “I’ve worked through a lot of inner conflict on pavement.” Yeah yeah yeah, Yogi Yoda bike shit, sure. My reaction to the steady uphill, steep and grueling in the rising…
  • Bikepacking Diaries 004: Hot & Bothered
    16 miles before breakfast and coffee. 90 degrees by 9am. Hangry and hot. Pavement pedaling into town. The hole in Ian’s pants is exposing his whole right cheek. Needs new pants. My ass hurts. Butt bruise is getting bigger every day. Need padded pants….
  • Bikepacking Diaries 003: Downhill Delight
    While bikepacking, there are many things to get pissed at. Like a puncture in my water bottle. The one with the sticker I liked. Never get attached to water bottles, they’re fickle. You buy, they break. They break when you need them most like when a desert stretch is coming up where water carrying capacity is the key element to living.
  • Bikepacking Diaries 002: Fuck The Plan
    Day 2 What’s in a sunrise? Bleary eyed shivers. Determination and stupidity to unzip that sleeping bag. A quiet calm in the darkness and a sense of anticipation. Watching, waiting, and observing every shift of light. Hot water bubbling, coffee steaming.  Waiting for it to cool…
  • Bikepacking Diaries 000-1: We Need A Sign To Start
    The desert is flooding. The Boundary Waters are on fire and closed for the first time in forty five years. Every single National Forest in California is closed. The Bootleg Fire in Oregon is bigger than New York City, casting a hazy smoke across…
  • WilderWoman Wednesday: Meet Jenna An Empathic Adventurer
    Jenna started volunteering as a firefighter when she turned fourteen years old, the earliest age you are eligible to volunteer in the state of Connecticut. Her dream of fighting fires formed when she was twelve, when she watched in horror as her childhood crush’s…
  • My First Bike Pushing Trip
    I bought a bike, and it is the most expensive object I have ever purchased. The bike however, is an investment into a new way of living. It is my ticket to a new form of exploration, allowing me to cover more ground than…
  • FUCK THE WALL Through Our Public Lands
    The wall is built. Public land in the Cabeza Prieta Wilderness and Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument have been blocked off from public access and bulldozed down. There are corpses of saguaro in the wake of the wall, scarce groundwater has been drained, burial grounds and historic sites have been destroyed, an extensive road system built, and mountains have been bulldozed down for this wall to exist. An arbitrary, imaginary line dividing the Sonoran desert landscape has been born into reality through a gigantic, ugly wall.
  • WilderWoman Wednesday: Meet Jess An Empathic Adventurer
    The WilderWomen Wednesday series celebrates women who are kicking ass in the outdoors.
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