Here are some more pics from our Idyllwild S24O Bikepacking trip.
Sometimes you visit an area that you’ve been to before, but you see it a little differently. I’ve been to Idyllwild a few times. Mostly as a kid. Once, maybe twice by moto even. A month ago I came up here with some friends to ride part of the Stagecoach 400 route, and I’ve been thinkin’ ’bout it ever since.
I had a powerful hankerin’ to get back here as soon as possible and explore some more of the riding. I reached out to the man about town and we hatched a plan. Simple really. Carry what you can on your bike. Ride down to the valley, camp and ride back up the hill. K.I.S.S. Keep it simple stupid. That’s the essence of it. What was in the middle was being guided by a local, just following his wheels and learnin’. You might be challenged by the terrain, but one thing is clear, we will all make it. This was about the journey. The destination, well, we were already there.