Road trip 2018! - Destination Mtn Biking and ...

 
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Our second annual summer road trip.  Again we found our self in the pacific northwest...way cooler summer temps then at home, and destination mountain bike trail systems.  This year we decided to check out the bike scene around Jackson and the Tetons, followed by Helena, MT.. Next we traveled west to the Bellingham area,  that we had heard so much about.  It did not disappoint, Mt Galbraith was insane, so many trails, all styles of riding including insane man made features, monster berms, gaps, jumps and table tops.  Tiger Mountain just outside of Snoqualmie, WA was one of my favorites!!    On the return stretch back to CO we rode some of Oregon's hot spots, finally finishing with some biking in Park CIty, UT.  Kristin and I by the end of the trip biked over 400 miles of epic top notch singletrack throughout 5 states!  

At the trips midpoint we were spoiled by our friends Dane and Kathyrn at they're beautiful homestead!!  Plum Nelli  

"Plum Nelli is a micro-farmstead offering farm-stays and creative retreats, with an emphasis on pure and simple living. We host an artist residency program one month out of the year and offer pop-up art, wellness and food events. We also host weddings, family reunions, and more..."

The boys were rock stars on this trip! Living on the road out of the van was a breeze this year...  they are growing up so fast.  Well almost a breeze... Henry the crab from Indian Island did get out of Liam's cage once and hid out who knows where in the van before we finally noticed him one evening by the slider door. Henry made it all the way to Bend, OR where he finally was put to rest by the McKenzie River :) Liam is already counting down the days when he can find the next Henry.  



 
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Boys Chasing Prairie Dogs - Grand Teton National Park, WY

Boys Chasing Prairie Dogs - Grand Teton National Park, WY

 
The Sink of the PoPo Agie River - Sinks Canyon State Park, WY

The Sink of the PoPo Agie River - Sinks Canyon State Park, WY

 
Scooter Pro - Wilson, WY

Scooter Pro - Wilson, WY

 
Vanski Breakfast - Mt Helena Ridge Trailhead - Helena, MT

Vanski Breakfast - Mt Helena Ridge Trailhead - Helena, MT

 
Sinks Canyon - WY

Sinks Canyon - WY

 
Shoes are Overrated - Wilson, WY

Shoes are Overrated - Wilson, WY

 
Old Faithful - Yellowstone National Park, WY

Old Faithful - Yellowstone National Park, WY

 
Geyser Steam - Yellowstone National Park, WY

Geyser Steam - Yellowstone National Park, WY

 
T.A Moulton Barn - Moose, WY

T.A Moulton Barn - Moose, WY

 
Tatonka

Tatonka

This was taken from inside the van upon opening the slider door, as we took both boys out of their car seats the fella walked within a few feet of the door.  Declan: "Is he going to eat me"?, that was our queue to shut the door and slowly pull away

 
My Babes x 2 - Yellowstone

My Babes x 2 - Yellowstone

 
Declan, now this guy may eat you

Declan, now this guy may eat you

 
Mt. Helena Ridge Trail - Helena, MT

Mt. Helena Ridge Trail - Helena, MT

 
Bison

Bison

 

Interactive Maps of the Trails we Biked:

  • click on trails for further details

Teton Pass on Trailforks.com
 
South Hills on Trailforks.com
 
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Whatcom Falls - Bellingham, WA

Whatcom Falls - Bellingham, WA

 
Predator Trail - Tiger Mountain, WA

Predator Trail - Tiger Mountain, WA

 
Cannon Hill Park - Spokane, WA

Cannon Hill Park - Spokane, WA

 
Master Link Trail - Tiger Mountain, WA

Master Link Trail - Tiger Mountain, WA

 
Garden Treats - Plum Nelli - Marrowstone, WA

Garden Treats - Plum Nelli - Marrowstone, WA

 
Evolution Trail - Mt. Galbraith - Bellingham, WA

Evolution Trail - Mt. Galbraith - Bellingham, WA

 
The Roost - Plum Nelli

The Roost - Plum Nelli

 
Strider vs Deer - Bellingham, WA

Strider vs Deer - Bellingham, WA

 
Snoqualmie Falls - Snoqualmie, WA

Snoqualmie Falls - Snoqualmie, WA

 
Sand Dollars - Indian Island, WA

Sand Dollars - Indian Island, WA

 
Blueberry Harvest - Vancouver, WA

Blueberry Harvest - Vancouver, WA

 
Nishinomiya Tsutakawa Japanese Garden - Spokane, WA

Nishinomiya Tsutakawa Japanese Garden - Spokane, WA

 
Roundup - Dane - Plum Nelli

Roundup - Dane - Plum Nelli

 
Picking Strawberries - Plum Nelli

Picking Strawberries - Plum Nelli

 
Hot Bath to Soften the Feathers - Dane

Hot Bath to Soften the Feathers - Dane

 
Red Rock Crab - Indian Island, WA

Red Rock Crab - Indian Island, WA

 
De-feathering Spin Cycle - Dane

De-feathering Spin Cycle - Dane

 
Predator Trail - Tiger Mountain, WA

Predator Trail - Tiger Mountain, WA

 
Frog Song Cabin - Plum Nelli

Frog Song Cabin - Plum Nelli

 
Zen Master - Manitou Park - Spokane, WA

Zen Master - Manitou Park - Spokane, WA

 
Hama Hama Oysters  - Lilliwaup, WA

Hama Hama Oysters - Lilliwaup, WA

 
Finn River Farm & Cidery  - Chimacum, WA
 

Interactive Maps and 3D Videos of the Trails we Biked:

  • click play to relive a 3D video of our GPS tracks for some of our favorite rides

  • click trail for further details

Galbraith on Trailforks.com
 
Tiger Mountain on Trailforks.com
 
 
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McKenzie River Trail - Williamette National Forrest, OR

McKenzie River Trail - Williamette National Forrest, OR

 
Tumalo Falls, OR

Tumalo Falls, OR

 
Catching Butterflies - North & South Sister Peaks - McKenzie Pass, OR

Catching Butterflies - North & South Sister Peaks - McKenzie Pass, OR

 
Koosah Falls - McKenzie River, OR

Koosah Falls - McKenzie River, OR

 
Antlers - Williamette National Forrest, OR

Antlers - Williamette National Forrest, OR

 
McKenzie River Trail - OR

McKenzie River Trail - OR

 
Mrazek Trail - Bend, OR

Mrazek Trail - Bend, OR

 
Hide and Seek Trail - Sandy Ridge, OR

Hide and Seek Trail - Sandy Ridge, OR

 
Crooked River, OR

Crooked River, OR

 
Tansformers

Tansformers

 
Trailhead Games - Waiting for Mom

Trailhead Games - Waiting for Mom

 
We Found Mom - Sandy Ridge Mtb Trails, OR

We Found Mom - Sandy Ridge Mtb Trails, OR

 
Narnia Tree Climber - Williamette National Forrest, OR

Narnia Tree Climber - Williamette National Forrest, OR

 

Interactive Maps and 3D Videos of the Trails we Biked:

  • click play to relive a 3D video of our GPS tracks for some of our favorite rides

  • click trail for further details

McKenzie River on Trailforks.com
 
Phil's on Trailforks.com
 
 
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Desolation Lake - Wasatch Crest Trail, UT

Desolation Lake - Wasatch Crest Trail, UT

 
Ahhh man! The Road Trip is Over :(

Ahhh man! The Road Trip is Over :(

 

Interactive Maps and 3D Videos of the Trails we Biked:

  • click play to relive a 3D video of our GPS tracks for some of our favorite rides

  • click trail for further details

Park City on Trailforks.com
 

Road Trip'n & Bike'n - PNW

McQuade's go road tripp'n in the Vanski (our converted 4x4 Sprinter Van)... covering 3200 miles across 5 states in just under 3 weeks. Oh ya cant forget the worldclass mountain biking we seemed to fit in!  The wifey and I covered 322 miles of singletrack riding at some of the wests top biking destinations (Park City, Sun Valley, Hood River and Bend)  The boys did amazing living and sleeping in the Vanski.  A common day consisted of one of us biking in the morning while the other took the boys to a library, a park, a playground, a rec center, a splash pad (made for a great shower too).  Then we would switch... now its dinner time which we typically prepared in the mountains somewhere or at a park so the kids could play while we cooked.  We discovered an appreciation for interstate rest areas and truck stops....good places to freshen up and sleep the night away during the highway stretches of the trip. We were only woken up once by a local police officer who didn't like us "boondocking" at small town park in hodunk ...Paul, ID.  He made us move to the local truck stop :)  Aside from the biking the trip was also packed full of fun what we called "Gems"  - basically something that caught out eye while driving, we would make an unplanned stop and she what fun was offered.  One such stop was Draper Girls Country Farm along highway 35 near Mt Hood.  The boys had a blast picking and feeding their faces with fresh fruit and playing on the farm's tractors.  

Thanks Matt and Tina for the great dinner and conversations!!!  Kristin and I had the pleasure of meeting Matt and Tina in Japan this past winter, they so kindly had us over to their wonderful place in Sun Valley, ID.  Come visit us in CO sometime!.  Ps The boys are still enjoying the soccer ball you gave them :)

Enjoy the pics there are alot :)

Piers - Newport, OR

Piers - Newport, OR

 
Dinner Time at City Park - Park City, UT

Dinner Time at City Park - Park City, UT

 
Toketee Falls - Oregon

Toketee Falls - Oregon

 
Just Having Some Brews - Rogue Nation Brewery - Newport, Oregon

Just Having Some Brews - Rogue Nation Brewery - Newport, Oregon

 
Declan's First Beach Experience Was a Hit

Declan's First Beach Experience Was a Hit

 
Hide and Seek Trail - Sandy Ridge, OR

Hide and Seek Trail - Sandy Ridge, OR

 
Crater Lake Panorama (6 merged frames) - Crater Lake - Oregon

Crater Lake Panorama (6 merged frames) - Crater Lake - Oregon

 
K and Declan - Newport, OR

K and Declan - Newport, OR

 
Where the Wild Things Are - Umpqua National Forest, OR

Where the Wild Things Are - Umpqua National Forest, OR

 
Tide Coming In - Oregon Coast

Tide Coming In - Oregon Coast

 
Warm Springs Trail - Sun Valley, ID

Warm Springs Trail - Sun Valley, ID

 
Numbers Hill - Arco, ID

Numbers Hill - Arco, ID

 
Rainier Cherries - Draper Girls Country Farm, OR

Rainier Cherries - Draper Girls Country Farm, OR

 
Dinner Under Mt Thielsen - OR

Dinner Under Mt Thielsen - OR

 
Hold it Steady - Matt and Tina's - Hailey, ID

Hold it Steady - Matt and Tina's - Hailey, ID

 
Crater Lake - OR

Crater Lake - OR

 
Riding Big Bikes - Sandy Ridge Trail System - OR

Riding Big Bikes - Sandy Ridge Trail System - OR

 
Tractors Are Cool -  Draper Girls Country Farm - OR

Tractors Are Cool -  Draper Girls Country Farm - OR

 
Playing with Sand - Oregon Coast

Playing with Sand - Oregon Coast

 
Movie Time Under Mom and Dad's Bed - Vanski

Movie Time Under Mom and Dad's Bed - Vanski

 
Dungeness - Newport Bay, OR

Dungeness - Newport Bay, OR

 
The Whip - Upper Whoops Trail - Bend, OR

The Whip - Upper Whoops Trail - Bend, OR

 
Vanski Shower Time

Vanski Shower Time

 
Shirt Says it All

Shirt Says it All

 
 
Bridges

Bridges

 
This is a GoodLife - So Blessed!!!  

This is a GoodLife - So Blessed!!!  

 
Craters of the Moon National Monument - ID

Craters of the Moon National Monument - ID

 
Matt !!!  - Hailey, ID

Matt !!!  - Hailey, ID

 
Old Hydroelectric Project 

Old Hydroelectric Project 

 
Mom Help

Mom Help

 
Quid Pro Flow Trail - Sandy Ridge, OR

Quid Pro Flow Trail - Sandy Ridge, OR

 
This Boy Loves His Dino's - Dinosaur, CO

This Boy Loves His Dino's - Dinosaur, CO

 
Trading Post - Dinosaur, CO

Trading Post - Dinosaur, CO

 
Caution - Experts

Caution - Experts

 
Breakfast at a Playground of Course - Park City, UT

Breakfast at a Playground of Course - Park City, UT

 
Mt Bachelor - Tiddlywinks Trail - Bend, OR

Mt Bachelor - Tiddlywinks Trail - Bend, OR

 
Draper Girls - Mt Hood, OR

Draper Girls - Mt Hood, OR

 
Throwing Lava

Throwing Lava

 
Dinosaurs - Jensen, UT

Dinosaurs - Jensen, UT

 
Strawberries - Fruit Stand

Strawberries - Fruit Stand

 
Mt Adams - 8 Track Trail - Hood River, OR

Mt Adams - 8 Track Trail - Hood River, OR

 
Vanski

Vanski

 
Where to Next ?

Where to Next ?

 

Interactive Maps of Our Favorite Trails Ridden:

  • trail ridden is highlighted (approximate...we typically linked up neighboring trails for more FUN!)
  • click trail name right of map for details