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06. Trying NOT to die riding Hangover Trail in Sedona – #MTB #flightofthesnowbirds

In This Video

Greg samples the death-defying heights of the Hangover trail in Sedona, Arizona. This is a singletrack mountain bike trail with steep exposures – one false move and you’re a goner!
Riding his Kona Process dual suspension mountain bike, Greg shows you his POV footage of Hangover Trail.

Ride Log

GREG’s REVIEW: 👍😱🤢👍 Skip it if you’re afraid of heights.
FUN FACTOR: Bucket list ride.
TRAIL RATING:  Double Black = Experts Only
RIDE AGAIN? Yes but not alone.
FAMILY FRIENDLY? No
CLIMB: 272 m / 958 feet
FEATURES: Extreme exposure🤢😱
Very steep, high risk factor. Serious consequences of mistakes.

Trailhead

This was as close as we could get to the mountain bike trail with our camper van. Greg rode the jeep trail up to meet up with the Hangover trailhead.

Next Up

Sampling more mtb trails while living the van life.

Where We Stayed

The most beautiful free campsite we’ve stayed at so far. For more details of where we traveled on our #flightofthesnowbirds escapade, see the map below…

: #flightofthesnowbirds #vanlife

This is our journey in our Dodge Ram #Shmoovan to Mexico for the winter. We’ll be spending time in the South Western US, again, as well. We plan on chasing the sun and great mountain bike trails.
We hope you come along for the ride! And, we’d love it if you subscribed to our YouTube channel “Adventure Dorks” and share our videos on social media!

See where we are RIGHT NOW 

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Rest in peace, Anthony Bourdain

Such a huge loss this morning.

Anthony Bourdain’s suicide has hit home for me too. My thoughts go out to his friends & family.

Living with depression is hard. I’ve been living with ugly thoughts since before I knew what depression was. It comes and it goes, isolating blackness that pulls me out of life without my consent. I just want to be happy and I marvel at those who seem to be comfortable in their skin. I’VE been that happy person, at times. And then I’m not again.

Tony’s work exposed me to things I love deeply: cooking, great storytelling, travel, adventure. If I could name a hero to look up to, I’d name Anthony Bourdain.

He’s shown us how sharing a meal can unite the world; crossing differences near and far – it doesn’t matter. People are people, and we are kind. I’ve experienced this myself.

As for me, I’m doing my best to prioritize the things that make me happy. I’m travelling as much as I can. I’m riding the heck out of my mountain bike because it makes me feel like a kid again. I’m learning to fix my bike when I break stuff (too often!). I want to be the best Dad I can be. I’m trying to be mindful that life is GOOD. And I am trying every day to keep the blackness at bay.

The solution is in YOUR hands. Please try to find the things that make you happy and prioritize them. Reach out to your friends & family. They love you and you will feel their love. Begin to love yourself again.

I have huge hugs and love for my family & friends. When I see you I will let you know just how much you mean to me.

Greg

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05. Sampling Singletrack in Salinas & Joshua Tree – #flightofthesnowbirds

In This Video

Fort Ord in Salinas to check out our first MTB singletracks of the trip! Greg uses our gimble for the first time to give you a POV of the ride.

Next Up

Mountain biking in Phoenix, Arizona!

Where We Stayed

Monterey Veterans Memorial Park Campground: 36.59879, -121.91213
Buttonwillow Southbound Rest Stop: 35.4179, -119.42498
Bureau of Land Management Site (BLM) near Joshua Tree: 34.172930, -116.224660
Yucca Valley Walmart: 34.13227, -116.38461

Feel free to use this map to plan your route along the west coast to Mexico!

We welcome all suggestions for places to see, places to boondock, free or inexpensive campsites or even parking spots that allow overnight parking! Reach out to us via social media or through our email contact form.

: #flightofthesnowbirds #vanlife

This is our journey in our Dodge Ram #Shmoovan to Mexico for the winter. We’ll be spending time in the South Western US, again, as well. We plan on chasing the sun and great mountain bike trails.
We hope you come along for the ride! And, we’d love it if you subscribed to our YouTube channel “Adventure Dorks” and share our videos on social media!

See where we are RIGHT NOW 

Instagram @adventuredorks
Facebook: /adventuredorks
Twitter:  @adventuredorks

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02. Becoming Snowbirds – #flightofthesnowbirds

In This Video

We left Canada and headed through Washington, Oregon, and California along the 101 on the way to seek warmer, drier climes. This is the first week on the road of our trip south for the winter of 2017/18. We boondocked at rest areas and in parking lots with a side trip to visit friends in Port Orford (if you’re in Oregon, be sure to check out Port Orford Sustainable Seafood!). This is how you become snowbirds: head south until you find sunshine and warmth!

Music

Adventure Club Ft. Kai – Need Your Heart by DifferMusic/Promoter is licensed under a  Creative Commons License.

Song: https://soundcloud.com/differmusic/adventure-club-ft-kai-need

Next Up

Arriving to sunshine and happiness in Monterey, CA!

Where We Stayed

Elma Rest Area in Washington (typical rest area, nice spot): 47.01769, -123.35143
Dismal Nitch Rest Area at the border of Washington & Oregon (view of Astoria on the other side and the bridge connecting WA to OR): 46.24961, -123.85923
Roadside pullout near Manzanita, Oregon (that’s where the beautiful sunset footage was taken): 45.74018, -123.94943
Port Orford, Oregon (with friends): 42.74566, -124.49732
Parking lot at Mendocino Lake (don’t camp here, the ranger told us we weren’t allowed in the morning).
Walmart in Ukiah: 39.13371, -123.19698

Feel free to use this map to plan your route along the west coast to Mexico!

We welcome all suggestions for places to see, places to boondock, free or inexpensive campsites or even parking spots that allow overnight parking! Reach out to us via social media or through our email contact form.

This Series: #flightofthesnowbirds #vanlife

This is our journey in our Dodge Ram #Shmoovan to Mexico for the winter. We’ll be spending time in the South Western US, again, as well. We plan on chasing the sun and great mountain bike trails.
We hope you come along for the ride! And, we’d love it if you subscribed to our YouTube channel “Adventure Dorks” and share our videos on social media!

See where we are RIGHT NOW 

Instagram @adventuredorks
Facebook: /adventuredorks
Twitter:  @adventuredorks

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Mountain Biking Slickrock in Moab, Utah – #Back2Van

In This Video

We couldn’t leave Moab without Gee mountain biking Slickrock trail. Mountain bike trails in Moab are among the best in the world and Slickrock attracts riders from all over the globe. He rode the trail with his hardtail Kona and shares some highlights and trail features.

Where We Stayed

Free dry camping at Willow Springs Road BLM near Moab, Arches National Park, and Canyonlands National Park, 38.696832, -109.6981

For details from the entire route and to get GPS coordinates, check out our map.

Next Up

Touring Canyonlands and Arches National Parks!

Things You Might Like

The helmets we love, for style and safety!

We both have these Bell Super helmets now that we are mountain biking – all. the. time. It’s comfy, looks cool, and the jaw bone is detachable which makes climbing much better.
Bell Super 2R Bike Helmet

Music

YourRapBeatsTV – Entertainment
Mariont Beats – War Is Hell (Epic Amazing Old School Rap Beat Hip Hop Instrumental)
Creative Commons License

#Back2Van

This series is about our trip back to Vancouver, British Columbia in our Class B Dodge Ram Great West Van #schmoovan.

We hope you enjoy the highlights of our #vanlife adventures!
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We left Florida in late March of 2017 to work our way back to Canada. Here’s our Google Map marking our general (and sometimes specific) locations and remarks…

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Learning to Mountain Bike in Moab – #Back2Van

In This Video

We checked out the mountain biking in Moab! We rented a dual suspension bike and Gee rode it on the Captain Ahab trail, Cee rode it on a trail in Dead Horse State Park. Cee starts learning to mountain bike in Moab, Utah.

This was a turning point for us. From now on, we’re chasing not only the sunshine, but also the mountain bike trails.

Where We Stayed

Free dry camping at Willow Springs Road BLM near Moab, Arches National Park, and Canyonlands National Park, 38.696832, -109.6981

For details from the entire route and to get GPS coordinates, check out our map.

Next Up

Greg rides the famous Slick Rock!

Things You Might Like

The helmets we love, for style and safety!

We both have these Bell Super helmets now that we are mountain biking – all. the. time. It’s comfy, looks cool, and the jaw bone is detachable which makes climbing much better.
Bell Super 2R Bike Helmet

Music

YourRapBeatsTV – Entertainment
Mariont Beats – War Is Hell (Epic Amazing Old School Rap Beat Hip Hop Instrumental)
Creative Commons License

#Back2Van

This series is about our trip back to Vancouver, British Columbia in our Class B Dodge Ram Great West Van #schmoovan.

We hope you enjoy the highlights of our #vanlife adventures!
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See where we are RIGHT NOW
Website ► http://www.adventuredorks.com
Facebook ► https://www.facebook.com/adventuredorks
Twitter ► https://twitter.com/adventuredorks
Instagram ► https://www.instagram.com/adventuredorks

We’d love it if you subscribed to our channel and share our videos on social media! ♥ ♥

We left Florida in late March of 2017 to work our way back to Canada. Here’s our Google Map marking our general (and sometimes specific) locations and remarks…

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Van Life From Arizona to Free in Camping Utah – #Back2Van

In This Video

We set off from the Grand Canyon and explored free camping in Utah. We vanned our way to Moab where Cee got to experience true singletrack mountain biking for the first time.
The camping along the way was spectacular.

Where We Stayed – Free Camping!

Free camping near the Grand Canyon at Kaibab National Forest, 35.964619, -112.108658.

Lone Rock Beach Primitive Camping in Glen Canyon on Lake Powell, $14/night plus National Park entrance fee, 37.01951, -111.53932

Boondocking at Mexican Hat BLM, 37.172547, -109.847076

Free dry camping at Willow Springs Road BLM near Moab, Arches National Park, and Canyonlands National Park, 38.696832, -109.6981

For details from the entire route and to get GPS coordinates, check out our map.

Next Up

Exploring mountain bike trails in Moab, Utah!

Things You Might Like

Gee’s grandfather’s Buck Knife used to gently halve peach tartlets and to baton wood. it’s a slimmer, more nimble alternative to the chunkier classic 119.

Whiskey stones which are GREAT in a van when you don’t have an ice cube tray. They also don’t melt into water when the freezer isn’t cold enough!

The fire striker Cee uses to make campfires like the Survivor fan she is.

 Cee’s Nut Case Helmet to look styling on the trails.

Intex Inflatable Kayak K2 – used to kayak around Lone Rock but not seen because we had no GoPro at the time of filming.

 

Norco Bigfoot Fatbike (no affiliation), in case you’re interested in the fatty.

#Back2Van

This series is about our trip back to Vancouver, British Columbia in our Class B Dodge Ram Great West Van #schmoovan.

We hope you enjoy the highlights of our #vanlife adventures!
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See where we are RIGHT NOW
Website ► http://www.adventuredorks.com
Facebook ► https://www.facebook.com/adventuredorks
Twitter ► https://twitter.com/adventuredorks
Instagram ► https://www.instagram.com/adventuredorks

We’d love it if you subscribed to our channel and share our videos on social media! ♥ ♥

We left Florida in late March of 2017 to work our way back to Canada. Here’s our Google Map marking our general (and sometimes specific) locations and remarks…

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Touring Sedona and the Grand Canyon – #Back2Van

In This Video

We headed up through New Mexico to Arizona where we visited Sedona and then toured the Grand Canyon.
While in Sedona, we tried out the biking trails and there was a short bit of single track at the end of the Bell Rock trail that got us excited for Moab.
Sit around the fire with us for a recap of the adventures before this…
There is amazing free camping only 10 mins from the Grand Canyon gates!
Now this is how to live the van life.

Next Up

Cee gets hooked on single track and dual suspension biking at Moab, Utah!

Music

TITLE: Take The Chance
ARTIST: NICOLAI HEIDLAS
CC BY License 4.0

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#Back2Van

This series is about our trip back to Vancouver, British Columbia 🇨🇦 in our Class B Dodge Ram Great West Van #schmoovan.

We hope you enjoy the highlights of our #vanlife adventures!
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See where we are RIGHT NOW 😀🚐
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Facebook ► https://www.facebook.com/adventuredorks
Twitter ► https://twitter.com/adventuredorks
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We left Florida in late March of 2017 to work our way back to Canada. Here’s our Google Map marking our general (and sometimes specific) locations and remarks…

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Tales from Texas – #Back2Van

Special Note

Our thoughts are with the folks in the path of Hurricane Harvey. We traveled through Corpus Christi and Padre Island on through Louisiana back in March and these were some of our favourite places to visit.
Visit here for updates on the hurricane’s path: http://google.org/crisismap/2017-harvey.
And it’s always a good idea to donate to the Red Cross to help those in crisis: http://www.redcross.org/.

In This Video

From the shores of Newfoundland, we tell our tales of traveling through Texas. From New Orleans on to Padre Island and then over to Big Bend National Park where we contemplated swimming over to Mexico!

Next Up

Arizona and Cee’s first taste of single track mtb trails!

Music

TITLE: ANA
ARTIST: Steven Roys & Novik
CC BY License 4.0

Adventure Dorks Approved Kit

#Back2Van

This series is about our trip back to Vancouver, British Columbia 🇨🇦 in our Class B Dodge Ram Great West Van #schmoovan.

We hope you enjoy the highlights of our #vanlife adventures!
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See where we are RIGHT NOW 😀🚐
Website ► http://www.adventuredorks.com
Facebook ► https://www.facebook.com/adventuredorks
Twitter ► https://twitter.com/adventuredorks
Instagram ► https://www.instagram.com/adventuredorks

We’d love it if you subscribed to our channel and share our videos on social media! ♥ ♥

We left Florida in late March of 2017 to work our way back to Canada. Here’s our Google Map marking our general (and sometimes specific) locations and remarks…