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.
Leaving our friends house in Burlington, WA we headed straight North for the Canadian boarder, we had printed out all the paperwork for us, the dog and the vehicle/camper and were prepared to spend a bit of time there. To our complete surprise we were through in 5 minutes, maybe less! Handed the man our passports and he asked 3 or 4 questions like where are we heading? How long? and purpose of visit? He scanned the passports, handed them back to us and we were off. After our last experience driving a vehicle into Mexico I was shocked! From the boarder we headed straight
Most adventures start with a “great idea.” Ours did as well. Let’s take the truck and camper over to the San Juan Islands for a few days and check things out. Well, a quick check of the pricing to get something of that size over on the ferry squashed that idea quickly. Next it was, let’s just take the Land Rover and borrow our friend’s tent for a weekend. This was much more affordable of course but then the winning idea hit us. Let’s bike pack it! With the mode of transportation set for the weekend we now needed to decide which Island to visit.
Our day started in Caspar Beach where we packed up the camper, hooked up to the truck and set off for stop number one, the supermarket down the road. We pulled in and a guy came up to us and said the bike rack on the back of our camper didn’t look right. I went back to have a look and sure enough the pin that allows the rack to move into a upright stored position or the down/loaded position had broken and the rack was hanging low! Luckily the camper is high enough the bikes did not drag on the road. With that discovery I
Six months ago we had just arrived in Costa Rica after a long flight. Lars was overtired and just as I was trying to settle him for a nap he got frustrated and mad about something. No big deal. Except this time it was a big deal because he got so mad he stopped breathing, turned blue, eyes rolled and he passed out. This was our first trip out of the country since Axel died in Mexico three years earlier. My heart exploded so much I almost thought I was going to pass out. And then just like that in less than 30 seconds he
We’ve been in California for almost 5 months. We love it here: the diversity, the mountains that dive into the sea, the food, the roads, the options. But… we are California’d out. So much so that last week we almost dumped our plans and headed to Sedona for two weeks. This is the first Spring since we moved to Colorado in 1998 that we haven’t been to the desert. We miss open spaces, free camping, dirt, blue skies, and good mountain biking. But… we decided to stay on track. We wanted to see friends in San Francisco and the thought of detouring thousands of miles