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Montana Bike Camping Bucket List

My family loves bikes. We enjoy riding for exercise and recreation, but also to go places. To the park, to the fishing access, to the grocery store, to soccer practice, to work, to school. If you go places by bike, it’s not just about the destination, but much more about the journey getting there. A… Read more »


Family Bike Overnight to Loch Leven

Saturday, March 28th was the official kickoff to trail season. We decided to get the season started right with a bike overnight. But instead of carrying all three children, it was time for the girls to ride independently and carry some of their own gear. It was a last minute plan, haphazardly hatched the night… Read more »

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Free Range Bicycle Commuting

A few weeks back we had a mid-winter warm spell. With nighttime lows in the 40s and daytime highs in the 60’s, we blissfully welcomed a few 3-season activities into our mid-winter routine. Warm bike rides, playing fetch in the river, we even went on an overnight backpacking trip. During the thaw, a couple of… Read more »


Fat bikes ALLOWED on Forest Service Official Winter Routes

Early this winter, Mark and I purchased some beautiful Surly Ice Cream Trucks from Timber Trails  that we were anxious to hit the trails with. During the first snows of November we rode Mill Creek Trail south of Livingston. That day we ran into Brad Bolte, Law Enforcement Officer for the Custer Gallatin National Forest. He was… Read more »


Tapping deep roots in Montana

More on this soon. Stay tuned…


First family fatbike outing… nearly a complete success!

Our inaugural family fatbiking excursion was up Mill Creek Road, a popular Forest Service skiing and snowmobiling route south of Livingston. A combination of fatbiking, skijoring, sledding and hiking delivered our multiple family group up the road, with a respite of snacks and sunshine. Lesson learned: Seems we tend to get forgetful at the beginning… Read more »


Fattening Up For The Winter In Montana

TFR has gained a few pounds this season with a couple of Surly’s new Ice Cream Trucks. Sporting massive 4.8 inch knobbies and a gearing combination that would make a mountain goat envious, these things are a bundle of smiles… and a heck of a workout! Mainly we have been sticking to town due to… Read more »


Castle Mountain Bike Packin’ Over-Nighter

Last weekend we were feeling a little adventurous and with the absence of our two daughters (off to a family reunion and wedding on the other side of the country) we packed up the mountain touring/commuting rigs and headed for the Castle Mountain range. The Castle Mountains are a short distance east of White Sulphur… Read more »


Seeing Red…. Ants that is.

When we were offered the opportunity to help a good friend and participate in the Red Ants Pants Music Festival this coming July we couldn’t resist the thought of changing everything and returning to one of our favorite places; Montana. The festival is a three day event based just outside of White Sulphur Springs, Montana…. Read more »

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National Bike/Walk to School Day 2014

Thanks to Bevin Campbell who organized this fantastic day at Mountain Sage Community School in Fort Collins. Mountain Sage is a charter school, so children don’t necessarily live nearby. To make it work, Bevin staged 6 ‘stations’ in different locations throughout the city where parents could drop off their children with a parent/bike train leader…. Read more »

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    Colorado: The Route through the Rockies

    The first leg of our tour took us from Durango to Fort Collins, Colorado. The general plan was to follow Adventure Cycling’s Great Parks and TransAmerica routes. Adventure Cycling has a unparalleled network of suggested routes throughout the country. Nearly every cyclist we met was using ACA maps to cross the state, however, we often… Read more »

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    Colorado: Beautiful, Harsh, Compassionate, Unforgettable.

    Having completed the first leg of our ride this season, we have confirmed the following: Colorado is just plain steep country. Despite our greatest efforts to level the pitches with our optimism and ignorance, the roads just got steeper. We completed 9 mountain passes between Durango and Fort Collins. At times the climbing speeds were… Read more »

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    Cyclo-touring with ‘Man’s Best Friend’…

    Our beloved Labrador Hayduke has been a real trooper during this voyage, and we have learned a lot about bicycle traveling with a pet. Here are some of the perks and challenges we have experienced so far. On the ‘perk’ side, Hayduke has been great company and has added a vibe to the family dynamic that has… Read more »

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    The Maiden Voyage

    Our family left East Canyon outside of Mancos, CO a little over a week ago heavily loaded with bicycles and enough outdoor equipment and enough provisions to equip five people and one very trusty old labrador. You could say we are a bit of a spectacle. We have been well received in the small mountain… Read more »

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    The Family Ride hits the Road

    We’re on the road! On Monday, May 13th we rode north out of East Canyon near Mancos, Colorado. Life is busy, and we are not finding much time to blog. If you want to see photos from the trip, please check out The Family Ride’s Facebook page. Hopefully we’ll have an opportunity soon to reflect… Read more »