There’s something about sitting around a fire under the stars, have a few brews, sleeping in a tent on a lumpy, thin, foam pad, waking up to the sunrise, riding yourself into the ground, and then repeating that is quite invigorating. Maybe it’s all the fresh air?
For myself, and fellow engi-nerds Thor and Adam from Surly, this past year's Interbike was just that: a 14-day road trip that featured ten days of riding and camping. Our weapons of choice were the new Horsethief.
We rode and camped our way to and from Vegas, hitting up numerous popular trails in Colorado and Utah. Highlights included charging down Hazard County into Porcupine Rim with rep Tyler Anderson, like four actual horse thieves running from the Moab sheriff, exploring the Gooseberry Mesa moonscape, and enjoying three days of lift-access downhill on our sorely underutilized DH bikes at Keystone and Winter Park resorts. There were, of course, a whole host of other trails and towns and experiences along the way, and somewhere in there, Dirt Demo and Interbike happened too!
Aside from all the riding, having three engineers stuck in a vehicle together for two weeks is an interesting experiment. Free from cube walls, email, meeting reminders, and product managers, with hours of pavement in front of us, our conversations were free to wander. Lots of crazy ideas were dreamed up. Some might stick, while others the world is not quite ready for. Keeps your eyes and ears peeled. I can say with confidence, that there is even more new and exciting stuff coming down the pipeline.
Road trip dreaming and scheming isn't a bad way to get through winter either. Hopefully you're doing some of the same. Who knows, perhaps I'll run into you on the trail, somewhere out there, later this year.