I’m quite happy with my new bike. 🙂
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! 🚵🏼♂️
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.
People often assume Kelly and I must find it lonely living on the road, but the reality is that we regularly socialize with a diverse group of people.
The past six weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind. We re-entered the States in Montana over Labor Day weekend and now sit in south-central Kentucky.
During this stretch Kelly and I visited with 74 people, four dogs, and two puppies (yes, we made a list and counted). It was great connecting with family and friends, all of whom graciously found time in their busy schedules for us – many on multiple occasions.
Of course my favorite visits were with my immediate family … the rag-tag group pictured above. By not living in Minneapolis, Kelly and I are the ones keeping this group two down more often than not, but it was nice to have the band back together for a few weeks.
With the whirlwind tour completed, Kelly and I are now decompressing deep in the woods of southern Kentucky and eastern Tennessee before resurfacing three weeks from now in Asheville for more socializing.
Photo credit @lauracarrollphoto
Only a mother would tolerate her son and his wife completely blocking vehicle access to the garage for a few weeks. My mom is cool like that.
It’s been a great extended visit to Minneapolis, but now it’s time to be moving on.
Most of my full-timing RV pals proudly eschew full hook-up camp sites (water, electric, & sewer) during their travels. Kelly and I are no different.
These types of campground sites cost the most and are very often the least desirable in terms of space. Because we have ample solar and battery capacity and have become quite adept in conserving water, we tend to avoid them. But not always.
Every few months we find ourselves briefly with full hook-ups for one reason or another.
Most of my full-timing RV pals – those who are honest that is – will sheepishly admit that full hook-ups can be a nice treat, affording otherwise non-had luxuries such as a long(er) shower. Kelly and I are no different.
Also, full hook-ups present an easy opportunity to complete free campsite laundry using a $5 Home Depot bucket and $3 toilet plunger agitator.