I’m wishing I was in Downieville still!
All good things must come to an end, including a week-long High Sierra shred fest like this one. We’ve got lots to come this week from some of Northern California’s best trails and even better people, so stay tuned! For now, here are a few shots from our trip back to Los Angeles.
This week at Saddle Drive at Northstar has been interesting, filled with everything from too much partying, to great conversations with friends, both new and old, as well as plenty of mountain time. The downhillers here have been overwhelmed with “kooks who can’t ride,” yet this photo says it all!
A whole crew of us are leaving from Los Angeles today to drive up California’s backbone to Saddle Drive in Tahoe. Expect lots of new products from your favorite brands, as well as a healthy dose of Rad Atavism! Oh and see ya in Downieville too!
In the Sequoia National Forest, Highway 198 makes a series of tight twists and turns before topping out around 8,000′. From above, the landscape is delightful.
There’s kind of a joke on Instagram right now. A joke hashtag that is, dubbed #NoBikesNoLikes. From what I can tell, it implies that if you’re a cyclist, and your followers are cyclists, all they want to see are bikes, bike rides and other cyclists. I get it. People can get very myopic about their interests, but there’s more to life, right? Obvious statements aside, we live in the great state of California, where the highest point and the lowest point cohabitate the same 100 square miles. In this magical place, you’ll be hard-pressed to find legit backcountry trails where bikes are allowed, if any. You can thank the Sierra Club for that. Equestrians and hikers greatly outnumber cyclists and a long time ago in a bureaucracy far, far away, someone, somewhere said “No Bikes allowed.”
This was written in stone and rather than get all in a huff about it, in recent months, I’ve kinda embraced the whole thing. Bikes aren’t allowed in Wilderness Areas. Got it. So what is? What offers a similar experience to bikepacking? Duh. Backpacking. Cari has experienced parts of the High Sierra I’ve never even thought to explore. Personally, if I take off four days from work, I want to be bikepacking or cyclo-touring some unknown region – to me anyway – of California. That’s why I moved to this damn fine state to begin with. (more…)
What is a Grovel Bike? You tell me! Best comment wins some bottles… Illustrations are welcomed, Bicycle Pubes! ;-)
… after missing out on last year’s event, I’m going to be attending South Africa’s Karoobaix, a 400km, two-day trek through the Karoo Desert. It’ll be like Death Valley riding, only in the Southern Hemisphere and I can’t wait. Who else is attending? For those wanting more information, check out the Karoobaix site and see Stan’s photos from last year’s trip in the archives.
… and it looks like they’re having a blast. See more at @TeamDreamTeam.
Well, we had an amazing trip this weekend. Over three days a group of us backpacked a 40 mile loop in the High Sierra, overcoming snow, ice sheets, full and furious rivers, to come upon one of the most beautiful camp sites I’ve ever slept in. More to come!