• […] to have a state-of-the-art elevated bikeway. Seriously. More great shots from Russ and Laura’s West coast bike tour. Seattle has a new cycling mayor. D.C.’s cycling mayor clogs traffic; or maybe it’s the media […]

    November 10, 2009
  • Great photos!

    November 11, 2009
  • I’m so happy that u 2 are going to see Yosemite. It is beautiful. I’ve always wanted to see Yosemite in the fall and can’t wait to see your photos.

    I’m so impressed by all the climbing you’ve done! Have fun. 🙂

    November 11, 2009
  • Great news that y’all can afford the time to see Yosemite! I was afraid you may have to ride past on your way down south. Our trip there this summer was unforgettable. Once you get to the park they have bike paths and bike lanes all over the valley floor. They have a great photo museum/shop of Ansel Adams and other great photographers at the Yosemite Village vistor’s center if you get a chance. 🙂


    November 11, 2009
  • 200 pounds! wow you must feel like you are flying now. Great.

    Heavily loaded touring bikes lumber along, creaking and groaning under their burden while lightly loaded bikes glide along with little or no complaint. I find that I creak and groan too because pounds weigh a lot more than they did when I was younger. I find that the lighter my bike weighs the less my attention is focused inward on my suffering and the more it is focused on the journey. The more we suffer the more our view of the world collapses in on itself so if we are uncomfortable our focus is inward, glued to our inner-dialogue and not on the world around us.

    My wife and I host bike tourist in our home as they pass on their way to the Blue Ridge Parkway. I’m not mentioning any names, but this sometime involves a trip to the post office to mail home excess gear before they tackle the steep peaks that populate the Smoky Mountains. When in the flats I seldom regret the extra cooking pot or favorite coffee mug, but once road turns skyward my emotions turn dark as I curse myself for such irresponsible planning and I start devising way to quickly lose excess weight (like squeezing half my tooth paste out of the tube or removing some spokes from my wheels).

    Thanks for sharing, Jack

    PS: I’m ordering my sewing thingie today. Great find.

    November 11, 2009
  • Justin in Seattle

    Gotta check out Ray Jardine- the godfather of ultra light weight backpacking!


    November 11, 2009
  • Ben

    Touring and living on a bike are two different things. It is nice to see you’re shedding some pounds finally. When living on a bike it is important to live the miles rather than pass them up as fast as you can.

    November 11, 2009
  • Mike

    Any chance you got a picture or a list of his 13 pound touring setup? I’m curious to see what he uses.

    November 13, 2009
  • Feeling tired just viewing photos of that climb.
    Wish that shot of Russ playing the harmonica came with sound.

    November 14, 2009
  • […] More snaps: Sonora to Yosemite Bug Hostel […]

    November 16, 2009
  • […] Path Less Pedaled recently wrote about Jeff’s approach to minimalist biking and his philosophy inspired us to minimize our excess bike stuff. Less really is more. Jeff has […]

    November 18, 2009
  • […] meeting Jeff of Carousel Design Works, the seed was planted in our brains that we needed to drop some of the […]

    December 07, 2009
  • […] encounter that helped us begin to understand this impulse. Through the help of a reader, we ended up staying with Jeff Boatman of Carousel Design Works in Sonora, CA. He was combining ultra-light backpacking philosophies with […]

    March 20, 2013
  • Ruth

    I’m from Canada and I follow you on FB. Visiting friends in California and on Tuesday we did the ride Wowana to Glacier Point. Beautiful, beautiful ride 🙂

    February 28, 2014

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