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July 18, 2018 De Smet to Watertown Today was one of the shorter ride days at only 61 miles and 910 feet of climb. As a reward for having such a short day was luggage loading was delayed by 30 minutes. This enabled me to set my alarm at 5:45 am and I slept right to it. Today is also the day which the tour traditionally stops at the Bryant Seniors home.

Montana, almost done ! I have landed in Butte, Montana! I feel great, even better than I felt at the start of my tour. I feel strong and lean, well nourished and well rested. Right around when I entered Montana I started to get a clear sense of my short-term and long-term "life plans".

Kyrgyzstan: The Land Of Celestial Mountains As we enter our second week in the mountains and meadows of Kyrgyzstan, we've come to learn a lot about this fascinating country.

2018 Swift Solstice Campout Since 2015, the folks at Swift Industries - the Seattle-based bicycle baggage company - have been issuing a yearly call to bicycle travelers around the world to head out for a night or a weekend under the stars in celebration of the Northern Hemisphere's summer solstice.

Fuji to Hiroshima Photo Essay We find sustenances of the spiritual kind, but also mundane in cups of convenience store noodles. Mt Fuji is behind us now, we head north and a little west to circle the highest peaks of the Central Alps. Instead we'll meander over a mere shoulder during our approach to the Kiso Valley.

Ruta de Las Vicunas, Northern Chile The suggested route uses a smaller parallel backroad to avoid much of the main drag along which trucks rumble past, but there are still some sections where, during the week, traffic risks being heavy at certain times during the day. Drivers are always courteous but can't help but cover riders in dust as they pass by.

July 17, 2018 Miller to De Smet SD Today was the half way point in terms of days on the road at a total of 32 out of the scheduled 64 day tour, and we reached the half way point in terms of mileage as well. At 2.1 miles east of Miller we crossed the 2150 mile mark reaching half of the scheduled 4300 miles.

Bikepacking Trans Germany : Pt 4 I'd had the perfect sleep until my alarm sounded at 0430, 5am and 0530, eventually I dragged myself out of bed and was on the road at 6am. Arriving in town at 7am just as the supermarket and bakery were opening. Just before town I'd found Morgan packing up his gear.

Bikepacking Trans Germany : Pt 3 My alarm sounded at 0530 after a reasonable six hours sleep, I assumed that nobody had passed me in the night or I'd slept through the sound of tires grinding through the gravel only 10m from my tent. 15 minutes later I was on the move again.

Collective Reward #004: Revelate MagTank, MFB, and Tangle One Bikepacking Collective member will take them home. Check out the gallery below, and if you're not already a member of The Bikepacking Collective, get signed up for your chance to own these bags. We'll draw the winners for Collective Rewards 1-5 on July 26th, so get signed up for your chance to get some great gear.

Rear Racks for Fat Bikes, List and Guide We already dove deep into the differences between panniers and bikepacking bags and looked at some of the potential benefits that can come with the switch. Weight was one of the main focuses of the comparison, and a lot of that heft comes from the burly racks designed for touring with panniers.

Bikepacking Trans Germany : Pt II With 60+ riders on narrow cycle paths and promised single track the neutralized start of the first kilometers was a good idea. As predicted the riders spread out nicely over the first hour. I started almost last and slowly made my way forward to be ahead of the riders with bulky gear before any single track and bike carrying started.

July 16, 2018 Pierre to Miller SD Today's ride from Pierre to Miller was routed for 88.9 miles with 1739 feet of climb. However Auzzie Bob and I decided to take the short cut. This reduced the ride to 71.9 miles and 730 feet of climb.

Big Agnes Redesigns Ultralight Tent Series for Bikepacking New for Spring 2019, Big Agnes launches a series of tents designed for the ultralight bikepacker. Whether heading out on a solo adventure or with your favorite riding buddy, the four different tents are lightweight, pack down small, and even come ready to hook on your handlebars.

Getting ready for the biggest cycling challenge of my life – The most important lesson I learned! - RAD Monika One year ago, when I was looking for a cycling challenge that would give me the opportunity to convey my mission to inspire others, especially women, to go for their challenges and to ride bikes, I knew it had to be something crazy; a challenge where this craziness is easily understood.

Middle Coast Tour - Day 12 - Holdrege, NE > Red Cloud, NE When I was very young and the urge to be someplace else was on me, I was assured by mature people that maturity would cure this itch. When years described me as mature, the remedy prescribed was middle age. In middle age I was assured that greater age would calm my fever and now that t am fifty-eight perhaps senility will do the job.

All-City Gorilla Monsoon Review - First, the nitty gritty on the frame. The Gorilla Monsoon frameset is built from "612 Select" steel tubing, All-City's standard 4130 chromoly tubeset that is used for most of their daily use/touring models. According to All-City, this tubeset is all about ride quality and durability.

Tale of the trail : short stay?! My favorite one is the one concerning 'short stay or long stay' in hotels. Once we left touristy Bangkok and started cycling through smaller villages we mainly had to rely on pointing and gestures for our communication. As you can imagine this caused some miscommunication at times.

July 15, 2018 Rest day in Pierre Sd Today was a much deserved rest day. However as there are no curtains in the rooms at the Indian Learning Center here in Pierre South Dakota Ken and I were awake at the usual 5:00 am time. However I lay there until around 6:00 am. Ken and I had bought some junk food for breakfast this morning so we snacked on that and laid bout.

Big Agnes Onyx Ultralight Tarp Review Big Agnes Onxy Tarp is a square tarp designed for ultralight backpacking and bikepacking. Weighing 8.1 oz, it's seam taped and fully outfitted with guy lines and tensioners out of the box, so you don't have to buy anything extra to start using it.

July 14 2018 Philip to Pierre SD Today's ride was 90 miles and 2100 feet of climb. There were three legs to the ride the first was due east for 28 miles the second was due north for 20 miles and the third leg was due east for 42 miles. Picnic was 5 miles into the third leg.

Mexico 13: Up, Down, Over, and Around "San Jan Guichicovi to Radaules Malpaso " We left San Juan Guichicovi late morning, arriving in Colonia Cuauhtémoc early afternoon. We didn't see any signs for hotels, but after asking around, we found a small hotel above a supermarket. We carried our bikes up a tight spiral staircase, the only entrance to the hotel on the second floor.

The end of our adventures We flew from Mexico City to Denver, Colorado and exploerd the area around Aspen for a couple of days. After that we drove to Moab, Utah and stayed there with friends. We left our bikes and camping gear in Mexico City. We gave everything away to people who, we thought, would really use our gear.

July 13, 2018 Interior to Philip SD Today was 64 miles and 2100 feet of climb through Badlands National Park to Wall Drugs and then down the highway to Philip. I have ridden Badlands National Park before and Wall Drugs while they have a lot of selection they do not sell anything which is on my shopping list.

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