Day 1: Diamond to Alvord Hot Springs
Having made the drive from Boise the night before, we made final packing decisions and set out to cross the northern fringe of the Steens Mountain. We pedaled gradually uphill on a chunky dirt road that slowly devolved into a two-track and eventually became no track at all. Our plus-tired Prospectors we’re right at home on the rugged, off-piste desert terrain.
We eventually topped out above the desert plateau to the east and took a break for lunch before dropping in to the white-knuckle descent through Stonehouse Canyon. Our brake rotors definitely took on some new color slowing our heavily laden steeds!
From there we ground out 25 flat, straight miles on the gravel highway to the Alvord Hot Springs, rolling in under the beams of our @sinewavecycles Beacon headlights. A fridge full of beer ($2/can), freezer full of ice cream and unlimited access to the hot spring pool were our reward for the day’s exertions. We ate, drank, soaked and recovered, anticipating the next day’s foray into the Alvord Desert playa.
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Karl waving a kestrel which is apparently a meteorological tool for gauging ambient temperature. Never seen one of them before. Finally cycling with another dude who carries way too much non-essential crap.
Todos tenemos nuestro “home trail”; ese sendero cerca de casa al que podemos “echarnos una escapada rápida” para dar una vuelta en bici cuando no tenemos mucho tiempo para dedicarle a nuestra actividad favorita. Acá en Mérida tenemos la fortuna de estar rodeados de montañas, así que tenemos infinidad de trails para hacer salidas desde un par de horas de duración hasta salidas épicas de varios días... Everybody has a “backyard trail”, a place to ride near home when there is no time for long rides. Here in Mérida we’re surrounded by mountains so we have lot of options for mountain biking, from a couple hour “flash” rides to several days epic mtb adventures. #mtblife#mtnbiking#biketouring#enduromtb#meridavenezuela#mtb#mtbtrails#gooutdoor
I passed a lot of wildfires today in northern Cambodia. I had seen scorched earth by the roadside and plumes of smoke in the distance and thought it was deliberate burning of rice stubble, but no, it was wild and uncontrolled. I've never seen a wildfire before and the crackling, waves of heat, falling ash and watching it flare with every breath of wind is very dramatic.
I am somewhat Mekong obsessed. This river just fascinates me. I love the thought that this water started at 5224m in Tibet, crystal clear and tumbling out of glaciers and down rapids, and how different this humid, lethargic, muddy water with its giant catfish and stilt houses is in Laos and Cambodia. And by the time it reaches the delta in Vietnam it will be unrecognisable again. I've cycled alongside it for over 1000km since I first saw it in Luang Prabang in the final photo. It seems so small there!
2000 miles on the clock for me!
Decided to stop cycling early today as we're both feeling a bit run down, probably to do with the constant rain we've been in the last few days. So its an early night and see what tomorrow brings ☀️
Working out some details for the floating brake assembly for the fork build. Though this project is being put on hold as we’ve got a customer build starting up - priority is always to get customers out on the trails first!
When we crossed the border into Mexico to head into Baja California, we didn't really know what to expect. Half the people we met in the US told us that it was dangerous and we were crazy for going there. The other half told us how beautiful it was, how friendly people were and gave us recommendations. We went. Needless to say, it was amazing.
Truck drivers waved at us in a friendly way and gave us a full lane as they overtook. People met at supermarkets took us home to meet their families and camp in their garden. And the food was muy Rico 🌯
Stunning beaches, crazy wee towns, wild landscapes 🏖️
Purple dream! Autumn is a really magical time to ride a bike through forests. Love all these colors and the constant change. But the downside: Its getting dark very early and sometimes its really cold.