– 128 days on the road with almost 12,000 miles
– 4 months of sunshine except for 2 full days of rain and some short showers
– riding lots of world class singletrack
– and the best of all: meeting so many great people and new friends:
To our riding crew in Canada:
Our time with you in the Kooteneys was very special. It has still a big place in our memories. Hope you visit us in Europe soon. If not, we will be back. You won’t get rid of us anymore! We love riding on black bears and always remember: Keep it real & keep the rubberside down!
To Darrell & Jen:
It was fun meeting you first in the laundry in Durango and seeing you again only one day later in the Hermosa Creek Shuttle. But it was even more fun staying with you and your friends two month later in South Lake Tahoe!
To John & Janet:
Thanks for guiding us and our friends Nina & Stephan through the beautiful trails of Sedona. This was awesome. The slime against cactus flats is still in our tires. In addition, we will never forget the food at the „Elote“ Restaurant and hopefully you will never forget „Schnitzel mit Kartoffelsalat“. We are looking forward riding with you next summer in Europe. We would love to show you some of the best trails in the Alps.
To Bex and Ben:
Thanks for saving Nina & Stephan’s Cruise America Rental on Gooseberry Mesa with your Toyota Tacoma. This saved us from waiting days for the dirt road to dry out (and potentially missing the Redbull Rampage). It was so cool seeing you again by accident a couple of days later at the Thundermountain Trailhead. And it was a blast riding together the legendary „Mag7 to Portal“ trail in Moab. Thanks for finding the blue dots that made this trail awesome and more than unique!!!
To Dale & Rolande:
Great that we met in Moab & thanks for introducing us to Jeeping. Building a suite out of a warehouse with ¼ living space and ¾ garage space is a great idea. We have never been in such a huge motorhome before. Just amazing!
Our favorite places:
– B.C. in general, especially Ymir (well, Nelson is probably better known)
– Sedona, Arizona
– Moab, Utah
– Grand Valley, Colorado (Fruita, Grand Junction, Palisade)
What we have learned:
Living on 4 wheels with 12 square meters with two bikes is all you need!
Our van is the best communicator ever. Especially on trailheads people admired our FIAT and the setup with the bikes under the bed. This compact van is not available in North America and attracted attention almost everywhere.
Never forget to dim your high beam if the oncoming car is the Highway Patrol! Otherwise blue and red disco lights turn on & it can be really expensive!
If it starts raining and you have the choice of a) staying the night at a beautiful trailhead which can only be accessed on a long dirt road OR b) escaping the area on the dirt road in a 2WD car before it gets muddy as hell: DON’T EVEN THINK OF SPENDING THE NIGHT OUT THERE!