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    Bikepacking to the Mendocino Coast trip report

    Spent the long weekend leisurely bikepacking from my front door west to the Mendocino Coast. The adventure, ruggedness and biking to primo ST exceeded my expectations. Here's a taste of the 60 miles (not including the epic ST).

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    Beginning the decent after the highest point of 1800', though still over 6k of ascent to get "down" to the coast.Name:  IMG_0474.JPG
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    After almost biking in between a bear & cubs, more scat in five miles than you would believe, I dared my brother to try a bite...jk. Name:  IMG_0493.JPG
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    The scenery was badass and the equipment worked flawlessly. Ditched the extra gear to hit some ST.Name:  IMG_0513.JPG
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    With some refreshing rain, made it through the Big River drainage to the ocean and well deserved pizza & brews. Leg one complete of three to explore to make a round-trip back to Redwood Valley.
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    Nice pics. I need to get out there
    "Paved roads...just another example of needless government spending"—paraphrased from rhino_adv

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    very cool! can you describe the packs you're using on the mojo slr? how was riding with it loaded down?

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    Great work! Can you give a little more detail about the route? Looks epic. I'm always impressed how much more dialed bikepackers get their gear setup than road tourists.

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    Very cool.

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    Strava or it didn't happen.

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    I'd love to see some more route info if available as well. Looks like an awesome time. Need to get back out for some bikepacking myself!

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    Real Aventure

    Besides good single track in JDSF, we have miles and miles of multi day trips to do around here, I'm ready to show this to those who seek this kind of adventure.

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    We both used the Revelate Viscacha (aka 'the trunk') off the seat post, and carried Osprey Talon 22 packs on our backs. I had the Revelate Sweet Roll under the handle bar on the Ibis. Handling took a few minutes to get used to, but was never a problem; the front end would lift slightly on the steepest climbs... but again, just need to adjust. I'd say the biggest caution is just realizing you have a lot more mass and momentum. All in all (as usual) the mojo slr was awesome.

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    Bikepacking to the Mendocino Coast trip report

    Also interested in the route info. Would love to do this as a 1 day epic out to the coast...

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    Most EPIC sir!!
    Ride route?
    "I'm just a big turd of misery"~ DV

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    As much as I would like to give specifics of the route through the Big River watershed, permission to ride-through from landowners that take it seriously, MOU's granted and time spent staring at contours & setting GPS waypoints, I'd like to do it again sometime & is another great source.

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