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Kaley Mar 30th, 2021
Kaley's 2021 AZT Thru-Hike

About 2 months ago, I learned about the Arizona Trail. It runs around 800 miles from the Mexico border through Arizona to the Utah border and is 90% dirt/65% singletrack mountain bike trail. Feeling antsy with my impending graduation, I decided spending several weeks biking through the desert sounded like a good time, and here we are! I’ll be posting pictures and little updates occasionally, and you can follow my progress here: https://share.garmin.com/kmchicoine

Bike: I’ll be riding my trusty steed: Brutus the Beefeater. A 2004ish Specialized Stumpjumper that I bought off a friend for $200, he’s at least a double hand-me-down. In my forrays to the Oregon trails, he’s handled mud, drops, long days, and being hauled over trees like a champ. I electrical-taped 2 additional water bottle cages to the fork and am running tubeless tires, so we’re desert ready.

Gear: This is probably way more detail than anyone would ever want to know, but my lighterpack with weights/descriptions can be found at the link below: https://lighterpack.com/r/8x8fsi

Plan: I don’t have a strict schedule and plan to take my time, smell the flowers (cacti?), and gnereally enjoy myself. That being said, I’m estimating it will take ~3 weeks start to finish. April 1 will be my first day on trail!

Happy trails, everyone!

Comments (1)

Forrest Gump Mar 31st, 2021

Looking forward to following along. Also, shin black is the good stuff. Nice choice. 🍜