152 mi. / 245 km3-5 days
Central Oregon Backcountry Explorer19 Jan 26 Sarah Swallow USAThe Central Oregon Backcountry Explorer serves as an introductory route to the Ochoco Mountains and the geologic wonderland of the John Day Basin. Ride twisty dirt, gravel and paved roads through old-growth ponderosa pine forests, past stunning volcanic landscapes, old pioneer mines and ghost towns, the Painted Hills, all the way to the friendliest hostel around. The availability of water, great camping, and fairly non-technical terrain makes this a great ride for all levels of experience, just watch out for goat head thorns!
52 mi. / 84 km2 days
Elkhorn Crest Trail, Oregon3 Dec 8 Sarah Swallow USAThe Elkhorn Crest Trail runs along the Elkhorn Mountain ridgeline in the Blue Mountains of northeastern Oregon. This technical trail traverses sub-alpine forests and grasslands and offers panoramic views of Baker Valley and the Wallowa Mountains to the East, and the Blue Mountains to the West. Camp at one of the high mountain lakes, enjoy views of the rocky nearby peaks, and maybe even catch a glimpse of a herd of elk or resident mountain goats.
622 mi. / 1,001 km8 days
The Buckeye Trail Bicycle Route: Cincinnati to Cleveland20 Apr 21 Sarah Swallow USAIn the 1950’s, a foot-trail was created from the Ohio River to Lake Erie to encourage young people to slow down the pace of day-to-day life, and learn about their native land. An association was formed and the Buckeye Trail was built along the back roads and trails through some of Ohio’s most scenic terrain and historic locations. The Buckeye Trail Bicycle Route follows the paved and dirt roads of the original hiking trail and is 90% marked with blue blazes.
Specialized AWOL Review: 5,000 Mile Test Ride42 Jan 13 Sarah Swallow / bikes
Specialized’s do-all dropbar adventure bike pitted against a 3-month, 5,000 mile dirt road route across the USA. A test ride doesn’t get much bigger than this. Sarah Swallow reports on how it fared…
Trans America Trail: The End of an Odyssey23 Nov 2 Sarah Swallow / plog
An inspiring epilogue to the Swallow’s 87 day, 4,970 mile, off-road ride on the Trans America Trail. Plus, tips for riding the TAT, a final QA, and their favorite gear…
Trans America Trail Update: Across the High Desert4 Oct 22 Sarah Swallow / plog
In the second to last installment from the (off-road) Trans America Trail, Tom and Sarah Swallow make their way across the desert expanses of Utah and Nevada…
Trans-America Trail (TAT): High Elevation8 Sep 23 Sarah Swallow / plog
A stunning write up and collection of images from Tom and Sarah Swallow, as they make their way from coast to coast on the epic Trans-America Trail (TAT). This update covers their journey from the plains of Arkansas to the high San Juan Mountains in Colorado…
The Trans America Trail (TAT): 1,500 Mile Update11 Aug 25 Sarah Swallow / plog
Mid trip report and a lovely set of photos by Tom and Sarah Swallow from their first 1,500 miles on the Trans America [off-road] Trail (TAT)…
Couple Embarks on Trans-USA Bikepacking Odyssey10 Aug 4 Sarah Swallow / culture
Is it possible to piece together an unpaved bikepacking route across the US, primarily on gravel and dirt? Apparently it is, and these two cyclists are on a mission to prove it…