During a one-month road trip from Salt Lake City to British Columbia and back, recent graduates Ethan White and Will Gies-Barton pursued their dream of mountain biking BC and living out of their 1998 Toyota Sienna (complete with over 220,000 miles, a home-constructed awning, and a custom built bed). Enjoy their words and photos.
I’ve had a number of adventurous mentors in my life as it seems that a sense of adventure runs in the family. My father and uncles’ post-college adventures to Alaska and South America inspired my buddy and I to take some significant time for our own adventure. Come June, we left Salt Lake City with an old mini-van, several bikes, and an ample amount of PopTarts, then embarked to satisfy the overflowing urge for adventure that had been brewing for years.
Approaching the Canadian border, the realization we were living our dream settled in. We began to breathe the beautiful BC mountain air, adjusted our eyes to the smaller numbers on the speedometer, and oriented ourselves with the different road signs and the metric system.
The trip was just as much about the campsite as it was the biking. We discovered beautiful campsites on lake shores, near riverbeds, and in forests with consuming amounts of foliage. All sites had access to world-class mountain biking. The Alice Lake and Highlands area featured massive rock rollovers and technical ascents that challenged us mentally and physically while the Diamond Head Trail System consistently provided breath-taking vistas.
Check out the products featured in this post. A special thanks to the Revelstoke Cycling Association, Kamloops Bike Riders Association, Mountain Bikers of the Central Okanagan, Squamish Off-Road Cycling Association, Whistler Off-Road Cycling Association, and Trailforks.com.
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