BIKEPACKING BIG BASIN TO THE SEA
"We never look back and think about the times we stayed in and slept all weekend, but rather the places roamed and times had."
With word that my buddy Trevor Perelson was finally moving to Santa Cruz, I immediately got in touch to go for a ride. The planning of that ride quickly turned into a bikepacking trip scheduled for later that day. Although I had been feeling the symptoms of a cold creeping up, I thought about the times when I was younger, when going for a ride seemed to make the runny nose and cough go away. I figured that surely a non-stop ride through the woods would heal me up fine. We grabbed our bikes and some burritos and hit the road an hour before dusk. Our plan was to follow the outer rim of Big Basin Camp and wind up at the beach. No more than 200 feet from where the route turned into dirt, I got two flat tires. Shortly after, Trev broke some spokes and his chain. With the guidance of our shitty headlamps, we carried on for a few hours before setting up camp.
Well, come the end of the trip, I ended up getting pretty sick and, thus, concluded that colds are not like hangovers—you can’t just sweat them out. But you know what? We never look back and think about the times we stayed in and slept all weekend, but rather the places roamed and times had.
Making it to the coast, we chose a farm road, meandered past some abandoned beach houses, and found our way to the ocean. It had been years since I swam in the ocean. It felt so good diving in after the long ride.
Bikepacking Big Basin to the Sea originally appeared in Volume 01 of Broken & Coastal. To read the full issue or download the PDF click here.
Chris Riesner is a California based photographer, designer, and founder of Trail Bound, a website that documents the craftsman, tune players and roamers who hone their craft en route.
There is a great interview with Chris over at WLF Enduro where he talks about his love for bikes and woodworking.