Pedal Adventures is a collection of stories about cycling, life, family, road schooling, and a nomadic travel lifestyle. We're a nomadic family with a basecamp in Colorado. In search of singletrack, smooth roads and occasional surf. Living an imperfect life perfectly.
This is our third time in Santa Cruz. I want to love Santa Cruz. What other town has surfing, mountain biking, road biking and a college vibe? My outsiders take is this – it’s like the town has both too much character and none at all. Everything seems stuck in the 80s. Buildings are rundown, roads are poorly planned to get from point a to point b, people are in a hurry, and it’s big and spread out. The “normal” people and active types are mostly overshadowed by homeless people and stoners/heroin addicts. Everything just seems a bit “dirty” here unless you are actually biking
Ok I admit it, we are singletrack snobs. Having lived in Colorado for so long we’ve ridden some of the sweetest trails in the continental US. Areas like Crested Butte, Fruita and even Moab are less than 3hrs away. So it seems every year when we haul our MTBs out to California we are dissapointed with the trails here. So much so that this year we considered not even bringing them, they just sit on the back of the camper for a few months getting trashed waiting for us to head home via Sedona, AZ. Boy are we glad we changed our minds. We had
Planning is not at the top of the things we are great at, and especially when it comes to travel. It’s the reason why you don’t see a map of where we’ll be in a month, 6 months or a year. While we sometimes have an idea, we hesitate to commit and announce it. Normally at this time we would be heading back to Colorado via the desert. Our winter renters are out of the house as of today and it was our plan to return. But a few weeks ago we were asked to rent out our home until November 2016. With a little
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for living with less. When you live in 200 sq. feet you are always evaluating what you really need and purging. I actually love purging and get a slight high when I throw or give things away. But living in a 27 foot trailer with 4 people, a dog and hobbies is not living simply. It’s better… It’s living intentionally and with purpose. But it’s complicated and sometimes hard and not at all simple. Here are a few ways we live purposefully but definitely not simply: Bikes/Gear We have 6 bikes and 1 Strider. Well we had 6 bikes
So we found out when Lars was about 12 months old that he gets car sick. Not on normal roads, he can cruise down a highway all day long but once the road gets twisty or bumpy it’s not good! We actually made it through the whole month without incident. A rental car to a remote beach on dirt and sand, taxi ride and a shuttle bus (twice) on rough dirt roads. No problems at all. Then it came time to take our shuttle to the airport in Liberia to fly home. We got about half way through the hour drive and it started. He