New Ritchey Outback Break-Away models are dreaming of adventure

Nobody’s travelling very far at the moment, but that hasn’t stopped Ritchey rolling out a couple of new travel models. This time, it’s the gravel-leaning Outback range that gets the Break-Away treatment, with Ritchey bringing out a travel tandem(!) that fits into two suitcases, as well as the long-awaited arrival of a Break-Away version of the steel Outback.

The Break-Away system is Ritchey’s well-established, well-liked system that breaks the frame at the seat tube and the down tube, with a seat post and a hinged joint holding it all together. With the frame in two halves, a full-sized bike can fit into a suitcase, avoiding most additional luggage charges and allowing you to bring your bike with you in a more compact package than a full-sized bike travel bag or case.

While it may seem incongruous to be launching travel bikes in the current context, I lean toward thinking that

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Will Gap Year Programs Continue During Uncertain Travel Times?

In its simplest terms, a Gap Year is time taken off between high school and college, but Gap Years can mean different things to different people. Some students find it necessary to take time off before starting college in order to save money, while others take a year to volunteer for a meaningful cause or to take a break from academics for awhile.

Regardless of motives, Gap Year Programs have become increasingly popular, and about 40,000 students did some kind of Gap Year in 2019, according to the Gap Year Association. That’s out of more than two million first-time college students starting as freshmen in the U.S. each year.

However, given the current health concerns throughout the world, there are many question marks surrounding the

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Free bike repair stations, a new RV adventure company, and comfortable face masks

Visit this rural NH distillery

Take a road trip to New Hampshire for a tour of Tamworth Distilling, situated on sprawling grounds beneath Mount Whiteface in the Waterville Valley region. The distillery uses house-milled grain, White Mountain water, and herbs and botanicals from the property’s woods and garden. It also incorporates other wilderness-to-table ingredients including wheat, rye, apples, corn, and malt all harvested within a 150-mile radius, to create its unique spirits. Enjoy tastings by the river Sundays through Fridays noon to 4 p.m. or organize a private cocktail class, when staff offer a hands-on workshop and guide you through creating three unique cocktails. The distillery also hosts a Garden Infusions Cocktail Workshop Aug. 14, 6-7 p.m., and an Outdoor Cocktail Class Sept. 18, 6-7 p.m. $30 per person for classes/workshops. 603-323-7196,


Mountain bike the Grand Canyon

Bring your family to Nevada and enjoy pedaling along the

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Monument-based bestselling author still on a mission for kids after many worldly adventures | Lifestyle

Sally Clarkson can’t remember the last time she stayed in one place like this.

Her work as a bestselling author and speaker and in Christian ministry requires lots of travel throughout the year. Or at least that’s the way it had been since her 20s, when the recent college grad traveled to Communist Eastern Europe and Vienna, Austria, to start her journey in overseas missions.

The adventure didn’t stop there.

When introducing herself, Clarkson often tosses out this fun fact: She has moved 19 times, including six times internationally.

It gives people a glimpse into the 67-year-old’s life filled with constant dreaming, reading, writing, mentoring and mothering. But just a glimpse.

In recent months, she hasn’t been going much of anywhere as COVID-19 canceled her travel plans and speaking engagements.

So she’s been home in Monument more than ever. From this house, she’s been blogging; hosting her podcast; managing Whole

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Travel Oregon film follows three women on bikepacking trip

Analise Cleopatra, Dejuanae Toliver and Brooklyn Bell. (Photo by Alisa Geiser)

“Pedal Through” is a new short film (watch it below) that captures breathtaking footage of three women riding some of Oregon’s best mountain bike trails. But what’s even more memorable about this adventure were the people doing the riding.

29-year-old Portland-based filmmaker Analise Cleopatra decided to jump head-first into a bikepacking trip even though she’d never mountain biked or camped. Despite that, she and photographer Aly Nicklas applied for — and received — a grant through the Oregon Made Creative Foundation to do a multi-day ride through Central Oregon. Joining this pair were Cleopatra’s friend Dejuanae Toliver and professional mountain biker Brooklyn Bell.

Here’s more about their trip from a report posted on Travel Oregon’s website:

“As it turned out, bikepacking and being out in nature is what brought her peace and allowed her to move at a slower

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7 Mindset Hacks That Will Bring The Feeling Of Travel Home This Summer

We’ve all had to shift our plans and find ways to foster a sense of normalcy amidst what can only be described as unprecedented times—but even if you’ve been fortunate enough to hold onto your job, stay in good health, and be near your family, canceling long awaited vacations and trips abroad can come as a real sore spot.

That said, there are plenty of ways to bring the feeling of travel home; to get the benefits of exploring a new destination from the comfort and safety of home. Here’s how mindset experts, travel bloggers, and successful digital nomads have been fulfilling their need to ‘travel’ without ever leaving the house.

From taking the time to indulge your senses to being grateful for past adventures, these mindset hacks and tricks will make you feel almost as rejuvenated as that trip to the South of France you had planned for

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Adventure travel company offers photographic safaris to the wild side of Norfolk

Norfolk is not known for its awesome wildlife, dramatic scenery or teeming rainforest. But right now the East Anglian county is as good as it gets for adventure tour leader and photographer Paul Goldstein and travel-starved clients.

“I should be on the banks of the Mara river in Africa right now,” said Mr Goldstein as he stood on the edge of a meadow overlooking the placid River Wensum upstream from Norwich.

“I should be watching a million wildebeest and zebra come in from across the border in Tanzania. Unfortunately I can’t, thanks to our government and quarantine, and absurd Foreign Office advice.”

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Instead he is organising trips on behalf of Exodus Travels for keen photographers who are unable to get to more exotic parts of the world.

“It may be not as glamorous nor

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Peugeot’s Crossover ebikes ride urban roads and weekend trail adventures

Peugeot has released a bunch of new electric crossovers, but they’re not SUVs. The Crossover ebikes are built for road and trail, feature Bosch motors, per charge battery range of 110 km, grippy thick tires, and either front or full suspension.

The French lion has quite a history in bicycle manufacture, mass producing its first Penny Farthing model in 1886, chopping off its bike division into its own entity in 1926, clocking up 500 models by the mid 1970s, adding a world record speed of 212 km/h to its trophy cabinet in 1998, and introducing its first ebike in late 2009.

The latest additions to the electric-assist portfolio are the eT01 Crossover D9, D10 and FS models. The D9 can be had with a small, medium or large 6061 T6 hydroformed aluminum stepover or mid-step frame – or Sport and Mixt, as Peugeot calls them – and doesn’t come with

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Intrepid Travel Wants the Post-COVID Tourism Industry to Rebuild Itself Responsibly

For the past 30 years, Intrepid Travel has been taking people on magnificent adventures. The Australian-based company has made a name for itself as a tourism business that prioritizes small groups, off-the-beaten-track experiences, and local guides with an intimate knowledge of their home regions. The high quality of Intrepid’s tours has caused the company to grow enormously, offering more than 2,700 tours in 130 countries on all seven continents in 2019.

Along with such extensive travel, however, comes a significant carbon footprint; and, unlike many tourism companies that choose to ignore this uncomfortable fact, Intrepid has faced it head-on, becoming carbon neutral in 2010 and striving to become carbon positive in the future. It’s a certified B-Corp and a signatory to both the UN Global Compact and Tourism Declares, a collective of tourism businesses and individuals pledging urgent action on climate change. It’s safe to say that Intrepid understands the

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Socially Distant Adventures to Embark on in the Southwest

The Southwest is one of the more exotic regions of the United States, covering parts of the Mojave, Sonoran, and Chihuahuan Deserts, plus the Colorado Plateau (which, for the record, is basically a high desert).

Temperatures here can soar to 125°F in the summer and drop to below freezing (perfect for skiing!) in the winter—and you can find yourself transported from the fiery red desert landscape to high up in the mountains after a relatively short car ride. Once you hightail it out of the major cities, it can feel like you’re in another world—or, at least, as close to an international adventure as you’re likely to get in the age of the novel coronavirus.

The idea of a “desert” is one of barren space, but you can find some of the country’s most unique socially distant adventures in the Southwest: the crystal-clear-blue water of Havasupai Canyon in a

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