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Loving The Donkey

I’m quite happy with my new bike.  🙂

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New Bike Day

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It’s a special day … new bike day!

I’ve long wanted to add a gravel/all-road bike to my stable and today that is happening, as I took possession of a semi-custom bike from Denver, Colorado based Rodeo Adventure Labs.  Don’t let these sexy photos fool you, I spec’d this bike (Trail Donkey 3.0 is the model) to be a practical, blue-collar, gravel workhorse.

Complementing the carbon frame and fork, my build of choice includes a Rival 1 gearbox, 40 tooth crank affixed to a creak-suppressing T47 bottom bracket. The entire rig will be rolling atop carbon 700c tubeless rims, shredding dirt courtesy of 40mm tires. My ass will enjoy the luxury of a dropper post, and I’ll be navigating this steed via a carbon cockpit.

I expect to be pushing this go-anywhere bike over miles and miles of gravel, single-track, and even the occasional stretch of tarmac.

Big thanks to everyone at Rodeo Adventure Labs who helped me in this purchase process.

Happy new bike day to me! 🚵🏼‍♂️

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The Long Overdue Bike Hitch

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Kelly and I both have new bikes coming into our possession soon, so it was time to commence a project to allow for additional carrying capabilities.  Airstream does offer their own proprietary bike rack, but it’s ridiculously expensive and is permanently mounted to the trailer — two characteristics I was hoping to avoid.

So, like many of friends, I opted for an entirely different approach.  Specifically, I sought out a welder to fabricate a custom hitch received that is mounted into the bumper, directly attached to the trailer’s frame.

To carry bikes, I’ve purchased a 1Up bike rack that fits perfectly into the 2″ receiver … which also happens to be the same same receiver on my truck.  Now, I can easily swap the bike carrier between the trailer and truck as I please.

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Entering Idaho

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Joining me for the initial ride, my brother-in-law leads the way towards Stripe Rock.

City Of Rocks National Reserve is a popular destination for climbers, but cyclists will find some nice flow trails.

Slack Season

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Once again we find ourselves in Park City, Utah during slack season – that elusive window between the end of ski season and Memorial Day weekend.

In many ways the town is turning over – winding down most, but not all ski runs, while simultaneously beginning to look ahead towards spring.

It’s an odd time to visit a resort town I suppose.  It’s kind of like when you visit a restaurant late in the morning, after it has run out of most breakfast menu items, but isn’t yet fully ready for the lunch crowds.

Similarly, the cadence here feels a bit out of rhythm.  A decent number of business are temporarily closed, the mountain still holds lots of snow but no one is skiing, and tourist crowds are less than expected.  The whole place has a feeling of being in between last week and next week while overlooking the present.

Nevertheless, we still seem to enjoy visiting this area during slack and in particular the largely vacant Jordanelle State Park campground.

4th Nomadiversary

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As the sun began to set tonight, I couldn’t help but smile.

This area of southwest Utah has become really special for Kelly and me — proving to be the perfect place to celebrate the completion of our fourth year as roaming nomads.

As happy as we are sitting here, signs of Spring pull at us; tomorrow we will leave and begin migrating north towards the mountains.

Gooseberry Mesa

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The access road to Gooseberry Mesa is abysmal, but the riding is absolutely dreamy.

The south rim trail is smorgasbord of all trail types and the views will take your breath away.

This one is an absolute bucket-list ride.

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