Do you have a tentative route to conquer this adventure?
Yeah, that was one of the hardest parts when I was planning it. There are a couple of things that I didn’t want to miss in August, like Norco’s Radfest and Crankworx Whistler and Norco’s big dealer event, so I’ve mapped out my perfect route through the states that will allow me to make it to those events. Stoked to get a little bit of bonus time in BC as well. I like to have things somewhat planned but I also like to blow with the wind a bit so I made my route through the actual States planned but not within. I have a good idea of places but I want to leave it open because I’m sure I’ll meet people along the way that will give good suggestions of where I should ride within each state.
What states are you going to that you have never been?
Since I grew up on the West Coast I’ve been to most of the states on this side, along with Colorado and a couple of states on the East Coast, so a lot of it will be new to me. I’m really excited to see what the rest of the country has to offer for riding.
You recently traded in your short bus for an RV, why is that?
I originally built it out for my trip to Alaska, so my plan was to never actually live in it. The bus was awesome and really showed me that I dug life on the road, but after making the jump to living in it full time there were some things that the bus was lacking. I couldn’t stand up straight inside which started causing back problems and there was no bathroom so I knew I wanted to upgrade if I was going to keep living this lifestyle. I thought about building a new bus with a bit more room but not having a home base to do the build made it too much of a challenge. We had a bigger crew on our trip down the Baja so it was the perfect time to get the new rig.
What kind of preparation have you taken before starting your Ultimate Road Trip?
I purchased the RV right before our trip down to Mexico so I didn’t really have much time to get it dialed in like I wanted. Since then I’ve taken the last few months to get it really dialed in with racks and a killer wrap job. I also took the time to plan out my route along with getting my sponsors on board with the project.
How do you choose what bike to ride? How are you bikes set up?
Luckily I have four bikes on the rack that allow me to ride whatever situation I find myself in. I’ve got a Norco Aurum DH bike, Norco Range 27.5 enduro bike, Norco Sight 29er trail bike and my Norco Rampage dirt jumper. I’ve got all my bikes set up with similar builds with components from FSA, X-Fusion, e*13, Kenda, SDG and VP. I’ve always liked running the same bars, pedals, grips and brakes on my bikes so when I jump on them there are a lot of similarities even though they are all very different.
What area’s are you most interested in traveling to? Are there any non-bike related sights you are for sure going to see?
I’m just stoked to see parts of the US that I’ve never seen before! I’m sure the riding will be much better in some places than others but that’s what will make the experience worthwhile. There are some non-biking places like Yellowstone and the South that I’m really excited to check out.