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.… Continue Reading “Bikepacking Diaries 007: Is That A Real Bike?”
“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… Continue Reading “Bikepacking Diaries 006: A Hump Day Breakdown”
“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… Continue Reading “Bikepacking Diaries 005: Pavement State of Mind”
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.… Continue Reading “Bikepacking Diaries 004: Hot & Bothered”
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.
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… Continue Reading “Bikepacking Diaries 002: Fuck The Plan”
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… Continue Reading “Bikepacking Diaries 000-1: We Need A Sign To Start”
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… Continue Reading “WilderWoman Wednesday: Meet Jenna An Empathic Adventurer”
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… Continue Reading “My First Bike Pushing Trip”
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.