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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 

Instagram @adventuredorks
Facebook: /adventuredorks
Twitter:  @adventuredorks

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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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03. Monterey to Joshua Tree – #flightofthesnowbirds

In This Video

Finally arrived to sunshine and warmer temps! Monterey was a great weekend stop. We explored the seawall by bike and camped out at a great, inexpensive municipal campground. We then headed further south to continue the summery weather. While in Joshua Tree area we encountered an intense dust storm! That was a first.

Next Up

Mountain biking in Salinas and Joshua Tree!

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.

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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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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Canadians try Mexican junk food! 🇨🇦 🇲🇽 – #fooddorks

In This Video

Fast forward to a glimpse at our life in Mexico! We’re currently at Totonaka RV park in San Carlos and we have been sampling all the local junk food to celebrate the holidays.
We hope you’ve all had a great holiday season! Feliz Navidad!
If you want to see the version that was recorded live, check out our Facebook page.
Stay tuned for more live videos across YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram.

 Next Up

First week on our #flightofthesnowbirds!

Where We Stayed

Totonaka RV Park, San Carlos, MX
For details from the entire route and to get GPS coordinates, check out our map below.

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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01. Meeting up with Forrest the Filmmaker! – #flightofthesnowbirds

In This Video

Before we left Canada we were able to meet up with Forrest Stevens. We asked him about how he got into creating videos and what his upcoming #vanlife film is all about.

Find Forrest Here

YouTube 
Instagram: @forrestthefilmmaker

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

Next Up

First week on our #flightofthesnowbirds!

Where We Stayed

After our trip #Back2Van, we flew to Newfoundland for a few months and then back to BC to prepare #shmoovan for the road. In this video, we were on Vancouver Island headed to Port Angeles, Washington.
For details from the entire route and to get GPS coordinates, check out our map below.

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.

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Exploring Canyonlands and Arches National Parks – #Back2Van

In This Video

Wondering what to do in Canyonlands? We wanted to go for a hike and when we asked the fine folks at the info centre, they told us that it would be better to do a few short hikes. So, we hiked to Upheaval Dome to the second overlook and also visited Mesa Arch.
The next day, after Greg biked Slickrock (see previous video), we toured our van life dwelling through the Arches National Park.

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

Flash forward to our latest trip plan – Mexico!

Things You Might Like

Here are items in our kit that we love and think you might, too!
Primus Kettle – Cee can’t live without this!

Pocket Rocket – Gee swears by this lightweight stove for all our boil-ups.

Woods ceramic on steel cups – neither of us can go on a hike without these cups.

 

Music

#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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Facebook ► https://www.facebook.com/adventuredorks
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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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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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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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#flightofthesnowbirds – The Map From Canada to Mexico

The plan: leave Canada and head south for the winter.

Here’s our Google map that we’ve been working on. If you’ve been following our journeys you’ll see a difference in this map – we’re differentiating map markers using coloured icons. You’ll see bike markers for mountain biking trail heads; picnic table icons for places we might overnight that are public spaces such as picnic areas or beaches; parking icons for stop overs such as Walmarts and casinos; and other icons such as libraries or wifi spots where we can work. We’ll probably add water and sani-stations as we find them.

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.