Back in Spetember, Sofia and I loaded up my Honda Element and pointed the car West towards the mountains beginning a two week road trip throughout Colorado. When we set out, we had the goal of going someplace we had never been, everyday. We put together a loose itinerary of must do stops in order to have some sort of plan.


The Setup

I'm pretty proud of the setup that I put together for my Element. I built a lofted sleeping pad that goes almost the full length of the car. To install it, the rear seats are removed and then the sleeping pad replaces them. The bed is a little more than a foot off the ground so there is plenty of storage underneath. Up top is a memory foam mattress ensuring sweet dreams and comfort no matter where you are! Once you arrive at your destination the driver and passenger seats are folded down and then the bed unfolds over them using piano hinges. It's a pretty sweet setup. The best part? The overhead storage fits an iPad mini perfectly for watching movies!

Behind the car is a 3 place motorcycle trailer. Surprisingly the Element actually tows the trailer pretty well. We had a total of 4 bikes, one moto and some gear on the trailer. The Element towed it well and I actually got better gas mileage because I was driving a little slower than normal.


The adventure unfolds

For those of you who have read my blogs in the past, you probably know that writing isn't my specialty. While I am far from a good photographer, I think the images I take tell the story from my experiences better than I can by writing. Therefore, I decided I would post more of a photo epic then a rambling story of events.

Go big or go home right? Went straight to work on day 1 by riding (well, more like hiking) my bike up Colorado's tallest mountain; Mount Elbert. The views at the top where incredible and the descent back to the car had me grinning from ear to ear.

Go big or go home right? Went straight to work on day 1 by riding (well, more like hiking) my bike up Colorado's tallest mountain; Mount Elbert. The views at the top where incredible and the descent back to the car had me grinning from ear to ear.

Day 1 ended at Twin Lakes where we caught an amazing sunset, enjoyed some fresh curry and gazed at the stars overhead.

Day 1 ended at Twin Lakes where we caught an amazing sunset, enjoyed some fresh curry and gazed at the stars overhead.

Not a bad place to sip some morning coffee right?

Not a bad place to sip some morning coffee right?

Hidden treasures off of Independence Pass

Hidden treasures off of Independence Pass

After a morning spin with Sofia, Day 2 gave me the first time to bust out my new KTM 250! While I prefer to ride my dirt bike on trails, it was fun dual sporting around Twin Lakes.

After a morning spin with Sofia, Day 2 gave me the first time to bust out my new KTM 250! While I prefer to ride my dirt bike on trails, it was fun dual sporting around Twin Lakes.

Up above Twin Lakes.

Up above Twin Lakes.

Too many moto pics? Sorry, I can't help it. I found an old mining road and took it until I reached this point above treeline. Such an incredible ride! Across the valley you can see the first 14ers I ever hiked. Missouri Mountain, Mount Oxford and Mount Belford. 

Too many moto pics? Sorry, I can't help it. I found an old mining road and took it until I reached this point above treeline. Such an incredible ride! Across the valley you can see the first 14ers I ever hiked. Missouri Mountain, Mount Oxford and Mount Belford. 

Day 4 brought us to Vail, Colorado for the Vail Outlier festival. This was the view from the top of the course. Prior to the event, I had never raced my bike up a hill that long. And I'd be ok if that was the last time!

Day 4 brought us to Vail, Colorado for the Vail Outlier festival. This was the view from the top of the course. Prior to the event, I had never raced my bike up a hill that long. And I'd be ok if that was the last time!

I suffered my brains out there barely making it over the top of the climb with Fernando and Josiah. Luckily I had enough energy to pin the descent. I was able to grab the win by a mere 40 seconds. Photo: Eddie Clark

I suffered my brains out there barely making it over the top of the climb with Fernando and Josiah. Luckily I had enough energy to pin the descent. I was able to grab the win by a mere 40 seconds. Photo: Eddie Clark

Day 6; our "restday." This day ended up being one of my most memorable from the trip. Sofia and I hiked out to Lost Lake a few hours before sunset.  

Day 6; our "restday." This day ended up being one of my most memorable from the trip. Sofia and I hiked out to Lost Lake a few hours before sunset.  

We set my hammock up next to the lake and had a nice relaxing afternoon before cooking dinner.

We set my hammock up next to the lake and had a nice relaxing afternoon before cooking dinner.

 As we were enjoying our meals we were treated to a gorgeous sunset. 

 As we were enjoying our meals we were treated to a gorgeous sunset. 

As if that wasn't enough, the Supermoon Eclipse was happening that night so we got to watch the full moon rise and then disappear. 

As if that wasn't enough, the Supermoon Eclipse was happening that night so we got to watch the full moon rise and then disappear. 

As the moon's brightness faded out, the Milkyway and whole night sky shinned brighter than ever. 

As the moon's brightness faded out, the Milkyway and whole night sky shinned brighter than ever. 

Day 7 took us on a journey to the top Mount Yale. Who needs college when you have the collegiate peaks to explore?

Day 7 took us on a journey to the top Mount Yale. Who needs college when you have the collegiate peaks to explore?

The final push to the summit. Surrounded in beauty!

The final push to the summit. Surrounded in beauty!

Crested Butte welcomed us with a pretty amazing sunset

Crested Butte welcomed us with a pretty amazing sunset

Hotel Elemente! 

Hotel Elemente! 

Day 8. Did some exploring around Crested Butte and rode some of the best trails I have ever done. Epic views + sick single track = super stoked me. 

Day 8. Did some exploring around Crested Butte and rode some of the best trails I have ever done. Epic views + sick single track = super stoked me. 

Day 9. Mountain Biking in Crested Butte with Sofia! She's a natural!

Day 9. Mountain Biking in Crested Butte with Sofia! She's a natural!

All the stages of the leaves in one picture.

All the stages of the leaves in one picture.

Day 10. Visited one of Colorado's lesser known National Parks; The Black Canyon. Pictures just don't do this canyon justice. The depth and narrow walls are something unparalleled by any other canyon I've seen. I look forward to exploring this place some more.

Day 10. Visited one of Colorado's lesser known National Parks; The Black Canyon. Pictures just don't do this canyon justice. The depth and narrow walls are something unparalleled by any other canyon I've seen. I look forward to exploring this place some more.

Soaking it all in.

Soaking it all in.

Day 11. Back on the moto. We headed to Lake City and met up with some friends for some throttle twisting and hiking.

Day 11. Back on the moto. We headed to Lake City and met up with some friends for some throttle twisting and hiking.

We did over 100 miles of motoing this day. We rode some trails around Lake City and did a quick rip on the Alpine Loop which goes over two mountain passes through the San Juan's. This is from the top of Engineer Pass. Luckily we avoid the storm in the distance.

We did over 100 miles of motoing this day. We rode some trails around Lake City and did a quick rip on the Alpine Loop which goes over two mountain passes through the San Juan's. This is from the top of Engineer Pass. Luckily we avoid the storm in the distance.

Another from Engineer.

Another from Engineer.

Day 12. Bagging Peaks! Conquered the Wetterhorn. Love the San Juans!

Day 12. Bagging Peaks! Conquered the Wetterhorn. Love the San Juans!

The final pitch to the summit is pretty steep, a little exposed but a good scramble.

The final pitch to the summit is pretty steep, a little exposed but a good scramble.

What goes up, most come down. 

What goes up, most come down. 

Day 13. Back to Crested Butte because it was too good! Those are all Lily pads in the pond.

Day 13. Back to Crested Butte because it was too good! Those are all Lily pads in the pond.

The final day was another moto ride but I did it as a point to point. I didn't take any pictures because I was trying to outrun the first winter storm. Sofia picked me up at our meeting spot as the rain started coming down hardcore. Perfect timing to end the ride and a perfect time to end the road trip and head back home.


For me, this road trip was a dream come true. When I first bought my Element last summer this is exactly what I wanted to do with it. Colorado is truly an amazing place and I am very fortunate I was able to explore it. By the end of the trip, Sofia and I had the system pretty dialed. We both knew what we needed to do when we arrived at our campsite and we got really good and resourceful with our meals. Throughout the whole trip we only ate out 3 times! I can't wait for the next adventure!

It is in the compelling zest of high adventure and of victory, and in creative action, that man finds his supreme joys.