After we all endured another half year of relative isolation and various states of lockdown, we were delighted to be able to share a new assortment of writing and photography with our Bikepacking Collective members. We especially hoped opening the sixth issue of The Bikepacking Journal afforded them an occasion to slow down and tune out the noise of 2021, if only for a moment. Even better if the stories planted the seed for future adventures or reminded them to hop on their bike and breathe in some of the lucidity riding can bring.

In this edition, our contributors used bikepacking as a lens through which to explore topics that included embracing aloneness, finding a sense of adventure, grappling with failure, nourishing relationships with friends and family, and forging new connections—themes many of us have had on our minds throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, whether on or off the bike.

We’d like to highlight that most of the stories in issue six were submitted by readers of the site, at least a few of whom were likely never expecting to see their work in print when they sent us a note about their trip. That’s to say: building community is truly at the core of what we’re trying to do with the Bikepacking Collective, and we’re eager to hear our readers’ voices and learn more about what they’re up to, whether they’re seasoned bicycle travelers or still figuring things out.

As a thank you to our members for supporting our work, we also included a custom-printed 22″ x 22″ cotton bandana with each copy, featuring a design with our skull, our entire ecosystem of drivetrain critters, and each of our three taglines, as well as an updated Bikepacking Collective badge. If you’re not yet a member of the Bikepacking Collective, get signed up before the October 17th deadline and you’ll never miss another issue of The Bikepacking Journal again (along with lots of other great benefits).

Stories in Issue 06

A True Fool’s Loop

When Nothing Goes According to Plan by Kevin Frias and Andrew Bydlon
Arizona

The American Cordillera

Four Years on the Road by Mark Watson
The Americas

Caught in the Middle

On Bikepacking and Belonging by Steff Gutovska
Republic of Georgia

Escape of the Incas

A Journey Through History by Simón Mendizabal and Nacho Pellejero
Peru

Generational Tales

Reversing Roles in Tuscay by Franzi Wernsing and Matteo Dunchi
Italy

New Chums

Searching for Solitude by Tom Powell
New Zealand

Old School New School

From Bike Tourer to Bikepacker by Cass Gilbert
Mexico

Recovery Pace

One Step at a Time by Conan Thai
New York

River Road Rendezvous

A True Test of Friendship by Jessica Alexander and Andy Chasteen
Texas

Unlikely

A Family Misadventure by RJ Sauer
British Columbia

Where You Lay Your Head

Snoozing Across Continents by Jack Boffy and Dean Liebau
London to Hong Kong

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