Put some Adventure into your ride!

In the heat of the summer, when the weather is perfect, I have a hard time fitting in all of the adventures I need to keep me sane.   I love just about every back country sport from hiking to fishing to mountain biking it just seems I never have enough time to be outside.  So this summer I came up with the solution:

adventure-cycling  (ed-ˈven-chər-si-kəl-ing) :(N) the combination of one or more fun activity(s) into the middle of a bike ride

Bags front and rear, ready for wherever my legs can take me

Bags front and rear, ready for wherever my legs can take me

It all began with the trans Virginia bike tour, in which I combined 2 family barbecues, a game of stick ball, and general shenanigans into a 4 day 250 mile bicycle tour with my girlfriend Lindsey.  After I realized that I could combine the utilitarian aspect of bicycle travel with the heart pounding, adrenaline rush of riding my bike; the possibility's became endless, mountain bike to a trout stream,  ride to several swimming holes, shuttling canoe trips... etc.

Lindsey with a beautiful Shenandoah small mouth.  note the bicycle wheel peaking out of the bottom of the canoe!

Lindsey with a beautiful Shenandoah small mouth.  note the bicycle wheel peaking out of the bottom of the canoe!

The latest adventure-cycling I have come to love is combining a bike ride with a canoe float. In order to float a river it is necessary to have a car down river where you take out.  To efficiently shuttle a vehicle 5-10 miles down stream after you launch your canoe there either needs to be two cars or a spare person either way it can get complicated rather quickly.

Unless, you have a bicycle!  In our case the driver drops the canoe and necessities off at the launch pad and then drives the car down river to the take out.  This is where it gets fun, the driver then unloads their bike from the base station and rides back up to the canoe with the launch codes.  The wheels get removed and the entire bike goes into the middle of the canoe.  Then you sit back and let gravity bring you back to the base station.

Lindsey testing the water at a new swimming hole.

Lindsey testing the water at a new swimming hole.

 

The summers seem shorter every year, and I hope that adding more adventure to my rides can help me cure my indooritis.  Make sure you enjoy the Shenandoah valley summer to its fullest.  Ask yourself, what can a bicycle do for your adventure?!