I’ve had the privilege of taking two trips to Alaska in the past 10 months for work purposes. Yes, sometimes life really is almost too good to be true.
This is one image from the latest trip. It was taken on our first day of beach riding at our camp spot for that night. Ten of us had met (mostly for the first time) less than 24 hours prior and we were settling down into conversation for the night.
I like this image for its photographic aesthetic but I also value it for the experience it represents for me:
Ten of us, mostly strangers, brought together by the bicycle. Experiencing new people, places, and things. Leaving our regular lives behind. Allowing ourselves to relish the moment. No cause to hurry. Savoring life together…on a beach.
Here at Salsa we have a lot of discussions about bikes being more than just bikes (or in this case, fat bikes being more than fat bikes). It is part of our philosophy, and frankly, is just part of who we are to begin with. Open yourselves up to the opportunities a bike can help create. Something great will come of it.
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I love being outside. I prefer to ride on dirt. Or snow. If I was born a hundred years earlier I might have been a polar explorer. There's a great natural world out there to see, smell, taste, listen to, and experience. Life slows down out there and the distractions we've created will disappear if you let them. Give me a backpack and let me go.