You read that title right. Backpacking, not bikepacking. We left our bikes at home for a four day trip through some beautiful portions of the Hoover Wilderness and Yosemite National Park. At the end of the trip however we both agreed that our bodies prefer cycling to hiking. It’s nice to let the bike carry our stuff while we use the magic of mechanical advantage to move quickly, but not too quickly, through our landscape.
We spent 3 months cycling around New Zealand for our honeymoon in 2007. New Zealand is a country of unlimited adventure opportunities. Scenic roads, friendly locals, and cheap ice cream make New Zealand a haven for bicycle touring.
Idaho Hot Springs
Although we soaked in only three hot springs along Adventure Cycling's newest off-road route, we spent plenty of time on our 2014 journey cooling off in Idaho's gorgeous rivers. We met handfuls of friendly natives and other bicycle tourists. And we fell in love with Boise.
In 2012, for her 30th birthday, Carrie wanted to do something special. We'd been dreaming of riding the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, but we didn't have enough time reserved to tackle the whole 2500-mile trail. So we decided to spend two weeks riding one of the best sections of the route: Banff to Whitefish, including a stopover at Glacier National Park.
It's 2015 and I don't need another bike. So I decided to build another bike frame with help from Dave Bohm in Tucson, Arizona. I'll be attending his framebuilding class and will hopefully leave with with something to show for it.
In 2014, on the heels of a tour in Idaho, my friend Peter invited me to ride with him from Corvallis, Oregon, to the Bay Area along the infamous Pacific Coast Bicycle Route. This section of the route boasted spectacular views of the Pacific and the tranquil environment of the Avenue of the Giants.
If you have any desire to get away from it all. If you want to see an earth that is both fragile and powerful, exposed and isolated, there are few places better to visit than Iceland. We spent 5 weeks riding around the island in 2008, following the Ring Road counterclockwise.
Sometimes the best trips are the quickest. With a little last-minute planning, it can be rewarding to hit the road for a night under the nylon roof, only to return to the routines of daily life refreshed and relaxed.
We visited Zion National Park on a whim for my 30th birthday as I'd always wanted to visit the Southwest. Although bicycles weren't involved, we still had a great adventure worth sharing.
Our mountain bike trip around the Grand Canyon in 2010 was our first experience with an organized tour. Adventure Cycling is a great organization and an excellent tour host.
Long ago, back in the year twenty aught seven, back when the Internet was a place of mystery and intrigue, this website was born to chronicle the celebration of love. Carrie and I (Nick) decided to spend our honeymoon bicycling around New Zealand for three months.
Although we had little bicycle touring experience, we made up for it in naiveté and ignorance. How hard could riding a bike for hours each day, every day be? We are in love. Love will temper the headwinds. It will soothe our saddle sores. Love will protect us from distracted drivers, like a celestial beacon. And we were right. Cycling around New Zealand wasn’t hard at all. In fact, it was so much fun that we’re now constantly scheming new trips by bicycle.
From the deserted moonscapes of Iceland to the lush Redwood forests of the Santa Cruz mountains, we’ve enjoyed beautiful glimpses of the world on our bikes, and we don’t aim to stop. We love it. So pull up a couch and feel free to read our stories. May they inspire you take a ride, to take off, to go south, to love life.