Chequamegon Bikepacking Trip

I took a few vacation days last week and headed up the Chequamegon National Forest in northern Wisconsin for a few days of bikepacking. The first two nights I was flying solo, but Bobby and E-Fred joined me for the final third night.

The leaves have pretty much all fallen up there. The singletrack was piled high with leaves, hiding the various rocks and roots. I rode my El Mariachi in what I consider to be an absolute killer bikepacking setup. I'll share more on that in a later post.

The weather was absolutely killer for the three-and-a-half days I was up there. Temps would drop into the upper 30's at night, but always hit 60 by mid-day. Nice, clear, blue skies that always seem to come in October and November.

Here are some images from the trip. Hope you like them.

I was running late getting set up and getting up north so the sun was creaping down while I still sought out a place to camp the first night.

Eventually I found this place though which shall remain secret. This was taken in the morning just before heading out.

One nice thing about Minnesota and Wisconsin: there is almost always water nearby.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: I liken the lichen.

Perfect weather for riding in light wool baselayers...

That dry bag is attached to a Minimalist rack...

Now that's some nice October weather...

Some don't want to give in to Fall quite yet...

Straight up from my second campsite...

Morning day three...

Good to drink...and good to look at...

The lucky pine needle that fell during the night...

E-Fred and Bobby on the way to camp three...

The sun was dropping on us while we tried to make it to Wilson Lake...but it was good when we got there...

...a really beautiful evening...

...see what I mean?

Drinking the High Life while living the high life...

Mist rolling in later that night...wolves sounded to each other soon...and we got the double bonus of being woken by a pair of loons in the morning...

We rolled back out in the morning on a mix of doubletrack and singletrack...and my camera battery started blinking red...

And that was pretty much the trip for me. Good times on good trails with good friends.

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Mike Riemer

Mike Riemer

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.


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Grizzattack | October 18th, 2010

I wouldn?t mind getting a bit more beta on your trip, it sounds fantastic.  Trail names, maps, gpx tracks anything like that would be great. -thanks and keep up the good work, Salsa!

A James | October 18th, 2010

looks like fun boys.  i look forward to racing in the chequamegon next spring.  i hope we have as good of weather as what looks like you’ll had. Wahoo, biking, camping, and maybe some whiskey….

grannygear | October 18th, 2010

Nice, Mike.  I am excited about the mini racks!  That will be a real boon to budget bikepackers.

Guitar Ted | October 18th, 2010

Thanks for sharing Kid! Love those shots. The Minimalist is going to be good. The Everything Cage too. Thanks for the support for adventure bicycling.

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Dan | October 18th, 2010

Its gorgeous up there, nice photos.  Which cluster(s) did you guys ride?

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Jim C | October 19th, 2010

Thanks for sharing.  The Chequamegon Forest is one of my favorite places in the whole world.  Thanks for all you do to make cycling great.

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Grumble Grumble Grumble | October 19th, 2010

No more pics of these racks and cages until you put them up for sale.  It’s just rude.  And git off my property.

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joel | October 19th, 2010

ok, how’d you take pictures of yourself riding if you were solo for the first 2 days????!

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Kid Riemer | October 19th, 2010

joel - I was shooting with my point and shoot for the whole trip and used a tiny little Ultra Pod tripod. It is about as small and light as a mini-tripod can get. Plastic legs (even comes pre-drilled out. But the key thing is that it has a Velcro strap that you can wrap around a tree trunk or tree branch to hold the camera at a height well off the ground. I’m sure you can find it online. So it was that little tripod plus a 10 second self timer being put to good use. I had to take a few tries at some of them as you can imagine.

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Chris | October 19th, 2010

Kid, have you seen/used the GorillaPod before? Works quite well in my opinion.

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Kid Riemer | October 19th, 2010

Yes I have seen it Chris. Perhaps someday I’ll try it. I know it is heavier than the Ultra Pod, but it may be more functional.

Outsider/Yeti | October 20th, 2010

Very nice trip and pics!

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dman | October 20th, 2010

Interested in hearing more about your set up, looks like you had a lot of stuff.

I took my first bikepacking trip last weekend, just a short overnighter as a shakedown run of sorts.  I learned a lot and need to make a few adjustments to my gear, but it was awesome!  I can’t wait to take a longer trip.  A small rear rack would handy tho, just to strap a few light weight things down, like clothes.  Will you guys have any racks that can fit to a frame without any rack mounts?

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dbruning | October 20th, 2010

A group of us from the cities were up there over the weekend of the 16th and it was beautiful. I once again rocked the SS El Mar and loved everymoment. Definately had thoughts of setting things up for some bike packing next fall so I look forward to seeing the setup ypu had when its released. I totally rocked a Banjo Brothers saddle trunk and while my buds made a little fun of me I had more than enough room for plenty of food, layers, beverages, tubes, ect while we were out for 4-5 hours. Check it out…

Daniel Clark | October 20th, 2010

Those are such gorgeous pics!  I need to do a ride like that on the Fargo; it has so far seen mostly dirt road and road as far as camp-touring goes.  Minnesota sure looks beautiful!  I want to be there… That Minimalist rack looks perfect for holding the bulky lightweight items that take up room on a back rack.  When I get mine, it is going to piggyback onto the front rack of Salsa’s and hold my sleeping bag.

Daniel Clark | October 20th, 2010

...oh yeah, and Wisconsin is gorgeous too!  Our Upper Midwest states look so alike this time of year.  Gonna see some Up North Michigan this weekend on the North Country Trail, but it won’t be bike-packing this time; just the comfort of an old A-frame cabin by a lake!

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Andrew Law | October 21st, 2010

My heart aches for the North Woods any time you fellas post pics like this. Keep it up!

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