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Road Trippin’ Roan

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"Roan is now 13, and along with traditional holidays, she also celebrates equinox and solstice.  While her peers saturate Instagram, Roan marks these calendar transitions with revolving and exciting adventures. Spring flows into river trips and rock climbing; summertime brings road trips and backpacks. Her perspective is still very much about the moment, the action, and the fun.  We head out the door and she is pleased." Read the rest

Training for Iceland along the mighty, muddy Rio Grande

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"Morale still high and smiles in abundance - till we ran out of water. I could see that river in the distance, but it was increasingly clear that our route wasn't going to bring us to it. It had come time to make the decision to leave our bikes, and carry backpacks, bottles, bladders and the filter to the Rio. An hour later I'm opening up the gravity filter and realize it's missing the "clean" bladder. Minor inconvenience - we'll use other bladders and bottles..." Read the rest

Loss Aversion: A California Coast Bikepacking Tale

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"With limited options at 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve, I decided to pay a visit to the apartment complex’s garbage room, where I hoped to find materials to remedy this foolish mistake. I found a few size D batteries, which I fashioned to the sides of the pannier rack with electrical tape so the bags would have a larger margin of space from the wheel. The wider the rack, the further the panniers would lie from the wheel." Read the rest

Family Bikepacking Through the Baja

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"Parents who are considering a family bikepacking adventure have a lot to consider - there is a lot at stake! We want our kids to be safe, happy, and inspired for further family trips. And we want to have fun along the way too. Here are five strategies to get your entire family out on their first bike camping adventures." Read the rest