• Bikepacking in Florida // Forest Tourist
    Biking,  Outdoors,  Travel

    Florida Spotlight: Bikepacking to the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge

    It finally happened: I went on the bikepacking trip I had dreamed of doing for so long. If you read one of my recent blog posts about my bike Jolene then you already know some of the backstory about this trip, but my desire to bikepack the St. Marks trail started long before I got my bike. When I started my first semester at FSU I was desperate to find a community that I connected with. I tried out every club that even remotely caught my attention and pushed myself to attend as many events as I could. Eventually I found my people at the Tallahassee Rock Gym, but in…

  • Advocate Cycles Sand County Bike // Forest Tourist

    Meet Jolene

    I have a new best friend, and her name is Jolene. She’s dependable, strong, fast, and is always there to support me. Oh, and did I mention she’s a bicycle? Jolene is a Sand County touring bike by the company Advocate Cycles. Advocate Cycles was a company with a unique business plan that was created in Minnesota in 2015. What made them stand out was their promise to “create innovative bicycles and deliver 100% of profits from the company back to making cycling better for everyone,” which was stated on their Indiegogo page. When I first learned about this initiative I was stoked to hear that this company was giving back, but…