Posted by Miles Arbour
I stumbled upon Matt’s #PedalthePerimeter adventure on Instagram back in early January, and was quick to reach out to get some more details on his ride. Matt was excited to share his story and cause, and we’re happy to announce that Matt’s 176-day journey around the perimeter of the United States came to a successful end on January 30th in Portland, Oregon. In total, Matt rode 11,075 miles through 31 states, three countries (the US, Canada, and Mexico), and raised $30,000 for Young Life Capernaum, a ministry that supports kids with disabilities.
Matt carried a semi-self-supported style packlist on his Diamondback Haanjo Carbon Comp, including a tent, sleeping pad, and an assortment of bikepacking bags for other essential gear. He was able to find hosts along the way, spending 143 of his nights with previous acquaintances and other supporters of his journey. Matt spent 27 nights camping, a week’s worth of nights in motels, and had a monthly budget of $1,000. He also packed in 51 rest days and climbed 268,557 feet.
Here’s a list of Matt’s gear…
- Diamondback Haanjo Carbon Comp Bike:
- Schwalbe Marathon Mondial 40mTires:
- Big Agnes Fly Creek II Tent:
- Big Agnes Q-Core SLX padSleeping Pad:
- Big Agnes 20°F SkeeterSleeping Bag:
- Revelate Designs TangleFrame Bag:
- MoosetreksFeed Bags:
- Arkel OrcaPanniers:
- Topeak FrontloaderHandlebar Bag:
- Anker 26800mahPower Bank:
Lastly, Matt wanted to let us know that his favourite places to ride included Michigan, Upstate New York, Northern California, and southern Oregon.