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plenty of breaks by the side of the road. Our extra night out was spent nestled among the trees at the base of the San Francisco Peaks, just a handful of miles west of Flagstaff. After an easy day of riding, we enjoyed an evening not spent exhausted, sharing whatever treats we’d procured from Williams. On our fifth night out, we were getting into the groove and finally enjoying it. DAY 6: THE END The day dawned gray, cloudy. The forecast called for rain in the afternoon. Still, we were on a leisure tour and in no hurry, so we ate breakfast slowly, packed up our bikes, and headed out for the final 20 miles of our ride. We climbed a dirt road at our own paces, reflecting on the past five days. I had wanted to bail off of the trip just four days prior, ready to use any excuse to head back to Flagstaff. I’d gotten irritated at our slow pace, at the need to carry extra food because we weren’t going to make our resupply points when expected. I knew how fast I could have covered the distance by myself, and struggled to accept the fact that we were going half the speed. But I got inspired. I was inspired by the fact that no one ever mentioned quitting, that Lucas pushed through four months of recovery to finish a challenging 200+ mile route, that Glenn was able to ignore a broken thumb for 150 miles in order to complete a goal that he’d set. I realized that we all had our struggles throughout the trip: physical, mental, emotional, and even spiritual. We’d all adapted in order to make the trip happen. We’d all learned from each other. We’d all put together an adventure that none of us would forget for a long time. After riding down the Arizona Trail, which I had promised to be trending downward and free of rocks, and it was neither, we headed straight to the brewery where we’d started the trip six days earlier. We raised our glasses: To bikepacking. To new friends. To an adventure well done. BV

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Profile for Lucas Winzenburg

Bunyan Velo: Travels on Two Wheels, Issue No. 05  

Bunyan Velo is a collection of photographs, essays, and stories celebrating the simple pleasures of traveling by bicycle.

Bunyan Velo: Travels on Two Wheels, Issue No. 05  

Bunyan Velo is a collection of photographs, essays, and stories celebrating the simple pleasures of traveling by bicycle.

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