Today’s post is from Guest Blogger Hattie Tehan, one of the students in Prescott College’s first Bikepacking Through Geology class. It seems quite appropriate for Thanksgiving. Enjoy! -Kid
The last four weeks of my life have completely altered the way that I view backcountry travel, biking, and my physical and mental abilities.
Imagine being able to combine your greatest passions in life and call it “work.” Envision nine bright-eyed, excited, nervous college students rolling out together on their first bikepacking trip. Then picture this crew three weeks later, having each already covered 450-plus miles of difficult Colorado Plateau terrain.
Big rides are nothing new for me. I’ve now done dozens of multi-day tours and races, but my recent month-long tour was markedly different from any of my previous long rides. My plans for this summer involved nearly 1000 miles of country about which I knew virtually nothing. So I inadvertently came up with a new [for me] general planning sequence for a long tour.