I know, I know: it’s embarrassing how much I’ve been neglecting this blog. But for the last week, I’ve been backpacking for — get ready — for work, with a few of the kiddos from my crew. And it made me remember how much I like that other means of locomotion, traveling by foot.
The hard part about backpacking, of course, is that I haven’t quite figured out how to do it by bike. Rather, I haven’t figured out how to bike to a trailhead I want with the stuff I’d need to backpack and then how to leave my bike behind for however long securely while I do my backpacking thing.
Eh, I guess I’m not so worried about the security at a trailhead, but the gear thing still escapes me. Do I carry my backpack in a trailer? Because it sure is uncomfortable to bike with it on and loaded, even for like 15 minutes. Plus, it makes every potential backpacking trip a much longer expense of time if I also bike to wherever it is. The Wallowas, for example, where we were last week, would have taken me a solid two weeks to bike to and back from, turning a week-long trip into nearly a month.
This is why I don’t end up doing so much backpacking, except for when I went to Glacier a few years ago and could get there by train. I wish there were more transit in this world that took you to trailheads.
Do you know of any? I’d love to hear it because man, I sure like backpacking!