Author Archives: cenminzhao

Plan B

I tell my kids that things in life usually don’t turn out like you thought they would. You need to be flexible. Have a Plan B, and C, and maybe D. Just because you cannot or did not do what you planned doesn’t have to mean that it was a bad trip, or that you […]

Photoessay: San Rafael Swell bikepacking

My son Finn joined us last month on our bikepacking trip in the San Rafael Swell. He’s a photographer and documented this trip with Tri-x 400 film, developed with d76 1:1 ratio. Lately he has been developing his own film. All photos by Finn Christensen. Enjoy.  

Bikepacking the San Rafael Swell—Part Two

Day Three We got an early start as the weather had been warming up through the week. Little shade and direct exposure to the sun, even if only in the 80’s, wears on you. Within an hour we had arrived at the Muddy River (again). The water was cold and refreshing, and the mud deep […]

Bikepacking the San Rafael Swell—Part One

Despite our lack of posting, we rode quite a bit this Winter and Spring, culminating in a nice four day loop through the southern part of the San Rafael Swell. The desert is one of those places that repels me—it’s hot, dry, sandy, and windy—and yet I can’t seem to get enough of it. This […]

Out Riding

I’ve been riding pretty regularly this month, sometimes with others, more often solo. I’ve ridden the nice groomed trails up American Fork Canyon (several times), from Pine Hollow all the way up to the summit via the road, Trail 150, the Ridge Trail, Pine Hollow Trail, the Timpanooke Loop, the Aspen Grove side of the […]

Global Fat Bike Day 2016

It was pretty low key this year, just three of us out riding, Bullet, myself and Arden. There were some organized rides and parties up North, but we would rather just ride than socialize. We went back up to Pine Hollow expecting more snow (from two storms last week), and nicely packed trails. It was […]

First Snow

We haven’t been posting much lately, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been riding. Fall is pretty busy with the high school mountain bike racing season. My son raced on his team (sophomore) and Bullet is the head coach of his local high school team and has two daughters racing. This takes up nearly every […]