Bay Area bikepacking trip to the beach and redwoods

Bay Area bikepacking trip to the beach and redwoods

The 2020 fire season in California was brutal. Many of the trails near the Bay Area that I’ve hiked in the winter went up in smoke. The fire in the Santa Cruz mountains meant that the alternate routes I planned before my last bikepacking trip through Pacifica, Half Moon Bay, and Big Basin were no longer options.

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Bikepacking in Patagonia –  from El Bolsón to  Bariloche

Bikepacking in Patagonia – from El Bolsón to Bariloche

Part 2: The desert

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After two nights in El Bolsón, we felt recharged and ready to continue our Patagonian bikepacking adventure. 

Instead of taking Ruta 40 back out of town, we took a smaller dirt road that ran parallel with it. We passed tiny houses and hop farms getting ready for harvest. Just before rejoining the 40, we had to be careful crossing a bridge that was ready to fall apart. 

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Patagonia bikepacking: Huella Andina and Ruta 40 from Bariloche to El Bolsón

Patagonia bikepacking: Huella Andina and Ruta 40 from Bariloche to El Bolsón

Part 1: The mountains

Ever since our Tahoe Rim Trail trip, my cousin and I had been planning to go on another adventure trip together. Since both of us like to bike, we quickly decided that we wanted to go bikepacking. Both of us wanted to visit Patagonia, so we started planning our trip to Argentina. 

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