I’m in: Training for the Dirty Kanza 200

bike trainer

I’m doing it. I am intentionally hurting myself. Why you ask? Some days it makes more sense than others, but I want to see how good I can be on the bike. Yeah I know. I’ve said that before. I think I’ve even typed those words on this blog before, more than once. But this time I am…

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Bikepacking gear and setup with a small frame fatbike

bikepacking gear

As I got my bikepacking setup dialed in for this trip, I had a few things to figure out. I ride a small frame fatbike with a tiny inner triangle that doesn’t fit much gear. The frame bag is the size of a woman’s clutch. I can barely fit 100 oz water bladder in the frame bag. I needed…

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The Desert Ramble: Bikepacking Moab’s Kane Creek Trail

bikepacking moab

The Desert Ramble proved to be just that – a ramble through the desert. We started out with a plan, but the wet, muddy conditions, photo ops and numerous hike-a-bikes slowed us down, way down, so the group made new plans. We ended up having more time in Moab and less time on the Kokopelli…

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The Desert Ramble: Fatbiking Moab’s Porcupine Rim

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Love Muffin. If you are in Moab, it is definitely the place for coffee and breakfast. The muffins, some gluten free, were heavenly and the coffee was fantastic, not to mention the real food too. Our group descended on the restaurant in the morning. The place was so cozy  it was hard to leave. Moab…

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The Desert Ramble: Bikepacking the Kokopelli Day 3

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Day three started out early and cold. We needed to get moving early to make up time from the first two days. I made sure to wake and get my stuff together as quickly as possible since I was usually the slow one packing up. My tent was covered in ice and I rolled it…

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The Desert Ramble: Bikepacking the Kokopelli Day 2

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If it was up to me, I would sleep until the sun warmed my tent and removed all the condensation before I got going, but we had mileage goals in mind and a group of early risers. Plus I woke up to dark, dreary skies. I woke to the sounds of talking and laughter. Jason and…

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The Desert Ramble Day 1: Bikepacking the Kokopelli Trail

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After everyone arrived and Erik reassembled his bike, we rode to Fruita’s Hot Tomato eatery for some delicious pizza and beer. Bikes, cameras, beer and pizza would be a common theme throughout the week. We ate and geeked out over cameras and bikes throughout dinner. I’m not sure if I salivated more for the food or the…

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The Desert Ramble Crew

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After 12 hours in Jim’s truck, we finally pull in to Fruita’s campground where a few others of our bikepacking gang were already hanging out. It was a rag-tag group of ten guys with adventure, bikes and photography in common. Some of us have websites and are pro photographers but the one thing we all have in common is fatbikes.…

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Bikepacking the Kokopelli Trail

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I had no idea what I was in for. We had a trip ringleader with a plan so I concentrated on having food for three days, water for two days and equipment I needed to survive the ride on the Kokopelli. We would be bikepacking and camping for seven days. The Kokopelli Trail is a…

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Bikepacking Test Run – Reading Lake


Last night was a test run with my bikepacking setup. I needed to do an overnight trip to make sure I felt confident with my gear and setting up camp. Plus I borrowed a camera that has pretty good night vision. I am not going to be able to fit a tripod on my bike…

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Bikepacking Gear and Preparations

fat bike bikepacking

It started out as a group email to a gang of cycling photographers about a name for a website and grew into a discussion about life, cycling and the need for a retreat. This group of creative cyclists has been friends for nearly half a decade. Many of us met through old school blogs with help of the…

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Cycling 650 feet below the ground; Strataca Salt Mines

strataca salt mines

A salt mine cycling race 650 feet below ground level? It seems as if plans are in the works and the Dirty Kanza crew and I were going to check it out. The Dirty Kanza crew was invited to ride below ground by Michael Armour of Strataca to see what they thought of it as a race venue.…

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Run until SHE can; how an ordinary 40-something wife and mom ran 13.1 miles

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This post is a guest post written by Vanessa Covington. She calls herself an “ordinary 40-something wife and mom” but is anything but. But we are all extraordinary aren’t we? She found a purpose to feed her monkey. Here is her story. I have been following Adventure Monkey since its birth, but I will admit…

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Singletrack Revelations

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Last week I took the fatbike out for some singletrack fun. It had been some time since I had ridden trails. The trails were calling. I decided to go out and ride hard. I wasn’t disappointed.  I passed some farmers hard at work harvesting beans on my way to Camp Alexander. It was dusty riding…

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A cycling guide for beginners

Cycling guide for beginners

There has been much writing going on here at Adventure Monkey and soon I will release a cycling guide for beginners geared towards people that want to get into cycling but are too intimidated, scared or just don’t know where to start. But I need your help! Keep reading to see how and to get a reward…

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Enjoy the ride

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I tasted my last sip of water at mile 38 of a 50 mile ride. That’s not how I planned it, but sometimes plans go out the window. Enjoy the ride.   Feed Your Monkey! Eric

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Race the Chase 50K

flint hills run

Today’s post is written by Stephanie Cundith, the overall winner of the inaugural Race the Chase 50K run through the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve. She is from Wichita, is a proud mother of a nine-year-old, and a registered dietitian for the Midwest Dairy Council.  As an advocate for dairy as fuel for an active lifestyle, she runs…

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Rebecca’s Private Idaho 2014

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Rebecca’s Private Idaho (RPI), a mountain gravel grinder,  is in its second year and this is my second year driving the 22 hours to take part in the festivities. Yeah, it’s that good. I am saying that having Dirty Kanza roads in my backyard. Why is it good you ask? The main reasons are the…

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The Sunday Blues…but wait

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The only way I can describe this feeling is to compare it to the phantom feelings an amputee experiences for his lost limb. I wake up Sunday morning and begin to experience the Sunday blues. You know those feelings right? Sunday comes around and you begin to mourn the end of the weekend and begin to feel the responsibilities…

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I’m quitting my job to follow my daydream

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I am not kidding this time friends. I can feel it down to the depths of my soul. I have plans, ideas and irons in the fire. But I am not finding time to follow through with them. I know that’s just an excuse. We all have 24 hours a day. I read about super humans…

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