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Our August Detour to Texas

Cancer’s a Bitch There we were, chillin’ in Oregon when we received news that during mom’s routine colonoscopy, they had located a large mass and needed to perform emergency surgery the next day.  While my heart told me to race to the nearest airport, my mind told me to stop spinning and breathe. After all, I have an amazing stepdad…

Whistler, dirt time required

The drive into Whistler was tough. With 13% grades over two hours, it was an exhausting drive and I’m thankful Derek was handling the tough terrain. The road winds alongside the turquoise river for most of the way with no service. Once again, all is quiet in the woods….until our brakes overheated and started smoking. WTF can happen next? While…

Solitude in Glacier NP Canada

Most often, we have no idea where we will end up and I love this lack of planning. It’s a thrill and yet the most stressful part of this experience…especially when you add work commitments into the equation. It causes discomfort but it also allows you to explore and see where the day takes you. The trip between Banff &…

Beeline for Banff

From Idaho, we entered Canada and made a beeline for Banff. While it could have been a shit show of tourists, every inch of Banff was impressive. We tried our best to avoid the crowds, which can be impossible in July. Most tell you to visit popular sites early in the morning. However, with the sun not setting until 10-10:30PM,…

One Month in Bend!

We would have loved to post more often during our 30-day stay in Bend, Oregon, since we could have filled a book with all of our stories and experiences. Instead, we spent quality time taking care of ourselves, working, and having a ton of fun. The good news is that this presents an opportunity to catch everyone up on our…

Workin’ For a Livin’

It would be pretty friggin’ sweet if we were both “Trustafarians” and could lazily float between locations without worrying about money. But, we have bills to pay and need to earn a living, just like everyone else in the real world. To accomplish this, Jamie produces shows for her company O2 Events, while Derek writes for his cycling blog at…

The Sun Sets in Helena

Helena, Montana – June 16–17, 2019 Note: This one’s written solely by Derek. Other than going through a decent-size thunderstorm a few miles north of Yellowstone, the drive from Jackson, WY to Helena, MT was largely uneventful, although we all had a good time. Once we arrived, however, the situation quickly devolved. From Calm to Chaos High Expectations Nestled between…

Jackson, Wyoming

June 11–15, 2019 Up Close & Personal Flaming Gorge marked the halfway point between Fruita and Jackson, so we made the trip in a few hours. The landscape was mostly gentle and rolling, and the Teton Range started as nothing more than a small dot in the distance. As we moved closer, though, the mountains grew larger, until we entered…

Where There’s Smoke

June 9–10, 2019 Fruita was getting increasingly hot (it’s the desert, duh!), so we decided to skip Moab, UT and swing back around next spring when the weather’s cooler. Instead, we headed north toward Jackson Hole, WY with a brief stay-over at the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area in the northeastern corner of Utah. We opted for the back roads…

Dirt Time

June 3 — 8, 2019 Willing to Move Reudi’s chilly mornings and warm afternoons were terrific, but we were ready—and willing!—to move beyond the norm. So, we dropped down into Fruita, Colorado, just west of Grand Junction. We hadn’t had water or electric hook-ups for several days, so we decided to continue the trend and head into the West Fruita…