Author: Jodi Fleeman

  • Jodi’s Huracan 300

    Jodi’s Huracan 300

    I recently completed the Huracan 300 bikepacking route with my husband Mark and friends Cathy and Zach. The Huracan 300 is the Singletrack Samurai’s signature route, featured on bikepacking.com and described as “the ultimate off-road endurance experience in the state of Florida.” The route is a 360-mile loop of singletrack, forest service roads, grass, swamp…

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  • Bikepacking Solo Part Four: Benefits of Going Solo

    Bikepacking Solo Part Four: Benefits of Going Solo

    In Part Four of the Bikepacking Solo series, we asked bikepackers about the benefits of going solo and some final thoughts. The consensus from the group is that it’s worth it! Many thanks to the women who contributed their experiences, knowledge, and insights to this series.  Missed the previous Bikepacking Solo Articles? Here are the…

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  • Bikepacking Solo Part Three: Facing Fears

    Bikepacking Solo Part Three: Facing Fears

    Part Three of the Bikepacking Solo Series is all about managing fears. It’s clear that even those who go solo often still have to manage fears, from the fear of failure to the fear of ill-intentioned people. We asked our bikepacking friends about the fears they face, how they cope with them, and tips for…

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  • Bikepacking Solo Part Two: Camping Logistics

    Bikepacking Solo Part Two: Camping Logistics

    In Part Two of the Bikepacking Solo series, we asked about how bikepackers choose a place to camp and about the differences between camping out during a race versus during a tour. You can find their answers below.  If you missed Part One of the series, be sure to check it out!

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  • Bikepacking Solo Part One: First Solo Overnighter

    Bikepacking Solo Part One: First Solo Overnighter

    Many women identify traveling and camping alone as a barrier to entering the sport of bikepacking or bikepack racing. Regardless of gender, it can be intimidating to bikepack solo. We wanted to reach out to women bikepackers and get their perspectives on riding and camping alone. In this four-part series, we’ll share about the first…

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  • Faces Behind the Dots: Huracan 300

    Faces Behind the Dots: Huracan 300

    This Saturday, February 4th, a group of bikepackers will depart on the Huracan 300 bikepacking race. This 370-mile loop in Central Florida includes 100 miles of singletrack, dirt roads, abandoned paths, and occasional pavement. Racers also have the option to take on the “Lite” version of the route which is 340 miles and avoids singletrack…

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  • Bikepacking for All: A Panel Hosted by the Log Driver’s Waltz

    Bikepacking for All: A Panel Hosted by the Log Driver’s Waltz

    The Log Driver’s Waltz (LDW), developed by Jen Adams and Eric Betteridge, is an 800km bikepacking route showcasing the beauty of the Ottawa Valley in Ontario, Canada. The team curated the route as a contribution to the bikepacking community to share the backcountry gravel and dirt roads and local towns in their area. 

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  • Washington Bikepacking Women Group

    Washington Bikepacking Women  Group

    Founded by a group of bike-loving women who saw a need in their community, the The Washington Bikepacking Women group strives to grow an inclusive, inspiring, and supportive women and gender-diverse bikepacking community in Washington state. With plans to continue conversations about bikepacking, share women’s stories, and organize group overnighters when the weather warms up, this group…

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  • Across Newfoundland by Bike

    Across Newfoundland by Bike

    “No, you’re not.” “Oh, fuck off.” These were the responses of two men at the pub the night before we set off on our traverse across Newfoundland on the T’Railway when we described our plans for the next twelve days. My partner and I had arrived in Channel Port-aux Basques only a few hours earlier…

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  • Positivity and Forward Progress: Ari’s Ouachita Triple Crown

    Positivity and Forward Progress: Ari’s Ouachita Triple Crown

    I set two alarms and curled up in my bright orange emergency bivy, prepared to take a 60-minute nap. It was over halfway through a 12-hour night. I was laying down on a small, narrow bench on top of Bear Mountain, the highest spot of the Lake Ouachita Vista Trail (LOViT). What would normally be…

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