Friday, January 25, 2013

I Dream of Gravel

My highlight of 2012 was the four day bike tour I took on gravel and dirt roads in and around Glacier National Park. I don't think I blogged about it, but it was an amazing 4 days of minimalist traveling amongst some of the most beautiful terrain in Montana. Even though its still the middle of the ski season, all I can think about is getting back out on the gravel backroads of this great state.

I did a little searching for some route options and found this awesome looking 860-mile loop that was pieced together by our dirt biker friends.

This loop is now my quest for 2013. 

If I take my time and stop at all the little cafes and saloons along the way, I figure 10-12 days should be plenty of time. There's no reason to be in a rush and I'd prefer to experience all the sights to their fullest.

Of course I need the right rig for the ride and today put in an order for a 2013 Salsa Fargo 2. The Fargo is highly regarded and one of the only bikes made specifically for the purpose of multi-day gravel bike touring. Since multi-day gravel bike touring is what I've been dreaming about for the past year, I figure it's worth the investment. I'll try tubeless tires for the first time and am hoping the Thudbuster seat post will live up to it name and keep the ride smooth.

Sound like fun?
I'm also taking applications for the position of Riding Buddy: 
  • No experience required
  • Must have senses of adventure and humor
  • Appreciation of rural saloons preferred

If you are interested, please get in touch. I'm thinking July.