Introducing… Routes.

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After a recent stint of too little riding and a lot more programming than I’d care to admit, I am happy to introduce a new section of the site: Routes. When I first learned about bike touring my interest was piqued; but when I read about multi-day bikepacking trips through pristine and remote dirt routes, I was captivated…

During our last two tours, and even in between, we found ourselves scouring maps and blogs in search of routes that are removed from the typical paved touring itineraries. Less clicking and more pedaling would have been nice. I wished for a resource to access insight from all of the wandering pioneers out there exploring the far corners on dirt tracks and gravel roads. Nothing quite like that existed.

So, to indulge my own wishes (and, hopefully, some of your own), we introduce Routes as the new heart of this site. The front-end display provides the ability to browse and sort bikepacking routes submitted by a growing list of contributors, AKA ‘Ambassadors’. The types of routes that will be the focal point of the site are both US and international, off the beaten path singletrack, dirt trails, and gravel roads that lead through magical places.

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Today, the first phase of this application is up and running. Right now you’ll simply find 9 of our own routes with three more coming later this week (some remote and some more well-known), but over the course of the next few weeks, we’ll be introducing routes from individuals who have been an inspiration: Joe Cruz, Cass Gilbert, The Gypsy, Donnie Kolb, The Pikes, Skyler Des Roches, and more. Ultimately, our goal is to grow this list of Ambassadors and routes into a resource that increases interest in this type of travel, connects the bikepacking community, and promotes the general notion to drop everything and pedal nowhere.

We’ll be adding more sorting features in the future, but right now the functionality is in place to filter by location, and Ambassador (once their added). Each route detail contains an overview, gallery, stats, travel tips, a GPS map, and an elevation profile.

Please comment below with thoughts, criticisms, and suggestions. Also, if you have a great route (or better yet, several) you’d like to share, and strong, inspiring images to support it, please get in touch. We’d love to hear from you.

  • j

    Wow, this looks really interesting. NIce work!

  • http://www.pedalingnowhere.com/ Logan

    Thanks J… I think it will develop into a nice way for folks to fill their bucket lists!

  • http://adventureswithbg.blogspot.com Adventures With BG

    Sounds like a great addition to the site. I keep meaning to try bikepacking. Hopefully, I can soon.

  • http://www.pedalingnowhere.com/ Logan

    Thanks! Definitely try it… it’s a great way to get out there.

  • http://www.simplicityofjoy.com/ Simplicityofjoy

    This is great Logan!

  • http://www.pedalingnowhere.com/ Logan

    Thanks! Looking forward to building out the collection…

  • Jjajjajack

    This tool will get a nice patina as it gets used. Thanks for your ambassadorship, hey that is a word.

    jack

  • http://www.pedalingnowhere.com/ Logan

    Agreed, and patina it will… thanks Jack.

  • Gonçalo Pais

    clap, clap, clap. I bow to you sir!

  • http://www.pedalingnowhere.com/ Logan

    Thanks for the support!

  • http://bradgoesbiking.com Brad

    Awesome Logan. It’s funny I’ve had a google doc sitting in my drive with a bunch of ideas for a similar web app. Glad to see someone else is thinking about it. I dig the route by location function. Maybe I’ll share it with you anyways in case you can find some useful thoughts in it.

  • http://www.pedalingnowhere.com/ Logan

    Hi Brad. Thanks, glad to hear this kind of tool has been on someone else’s mind… feel free to provide any thoughts or recommendations; I’d love to hear them!

  • Blevin

    Great job Logan! Now if I can take off work for a few years I’m all set for my travels!

  • http://www.pedalingnowhere.com/ Logan

    Thanks! Stay tuned, more U.S. routes coming soon… doable with a week of vacation :)

  • Anne Paulson

    Maybe link to this site: http://www.oregonbikepacking.com/routes/

    No affiliation, yadda yadda. I salivate when I look at their routes. The Oregon Outback sounds great to me.

  • http://www.pedalingnowhere.com/ Logan

    Hi Anne. Funny you should mention it, Donnie submitted a few routes that will be going up this week… including the Oregon Outback. Cheers!

  • Anne Paulson

    Fantastic!

  • Sean

    Your site just keeps getting better and better! And since I live just across the mountain from you in Tennessee, I can actually do many of the routes you list instead of just dreaming about it. Thanks!

  • http://www.pedalingnowhere.com/ Logan

    Thanks Sean! I am on my way to start a 5 day trip on the northern portion of the VMTB… more soon!

  • Sean

    Nice! Can’t wait to read about it. I’ll be doing the southern section from about Roanoke down and then a bit into Tennessee in about 3 weeks.

  • http://www.pedalingnowhere.com/ Logan

    Nice. Let me know how it is. Have you done the northern part as well? I just did up to Douthat and am trying to get back to my car in Strasburg now…

  • TriSpecific

    How good is that road in the picture? Swartberg Pass in SA I believe and I have a picture of some friends coming around the corner a couple hundred meters up from the rider in this shot. Did you stop in Lazy Lizards cafe in Prince Albert? I did a great trip there in 2011 http://www.trispecific.com/south-africa-eut2011/ – Logan this site is great and thanks for the GDMR page. I’m going to be doing TD this year so your site hs some priceless info. Cheers!

  • http://www.pedalingnowhere.com/ Logan

    It is Swartberg… great eye! I think we did stop at Lazy Lizards. Great luck with your tour divide and thanks for the words of encouragement…

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