When I first started building the Timberjack, I dreamt of riding it on wide-open grassy doubletrack in Mongolia and back down in sandy, beautiful Baja, and all over the magical routes across the Lower 48, as we call the rest of the U.S. in Alaska. My whole life so far has revolved around working odd jobs in the bike industry where I was easily replaceable, so when I saved up enough, I could simply quit work for a few months to adventure by bike!
But then COVID hit and I felt the need to help my community in Alaska, which has given me so much friendship and adventure. I quit the bike industry, and for the first time in my life I trained and studied and accidentally stumbled my way into a career as an EMT. It’s a career where I don't want to leave my job, and working is often as much of an adventure as riding my bike! As someone who has spent the better part of the past ten years travelling the world by bike with an IPA in hand and constantly surrounded by new friends, the idea of digging my heels in and setting down roots with an actual career scared me more than any bike trip that’s ever schooled me.
While I certainly haven’t stopped dreaming of my next big overseas adventure, I am super worried about when I will be able to book it. The idea of going out into a world with new COVID variants, travel restrictions, and my guilt over the American privilege of being vaccinated and able to think of such things has kept me from making any definite plans.
With the help of my friends at Salsa, I was able to build a magical outer-space unicorn of a Timby that can handle any ride on Earth. I can't wait for the day to come when I can dream without fear of traveling in the COVID world (where a cyclist could potentially get stuck somewhere due to travel restrictions, or sick far from home). But for the moment, I am adventuring by bike to the greatest adventure I've had yet: riding to work with clean scrubs in my backpack and helping my patients and fellow Alaskans stay healthy so that they, too, can dream of their next adventure.
BUT, when vaccinations become more widespread, my work with COVID patients slows, and I’m working fewer hours, these are the dream routes that are next on my list:
What’s on my magical unicorn Timby build?
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