Andrew Taylor's Epic Road Trip

Post Cards From the Road

Andrew Taylor’s Epic 48 State Road Trip

Words & Photos by Andrew Taylor

Hey Wolfpack,

It’s May 9th and I just finished my first full week on the road. It was a crazy feeling setting out from my hometown packed and finally on my way after months and months of preparation. As I arrived in Tahoe I remember thinking to myself, “Is this really finally happening?” Throughout my riding career seeds of ideas have always sprouted into great opportunities, but I knew this journey would definitely require more commitment, planning and execution than anything I’ve ever done before.

You’d think that a trip like this would be all smiles, good times and adventures, but as I arrived at the first trailhead reality began to set in. Doubt started filling my head. I thought to myself, “Can I actually do this?” A trip like this isn’t simple, especially when you have the Vlog every day, and sponsor obligations to fulfill.

Fear has a funny way of creeping in right before we are about to do the greatest things in our lives. I’m no stranger to these false doubts and those are the moments we have to push through and just send it! So that’s what I did. It’s wild how life has its ways of testing what we’re made of and this journey is my next mountain to conquer.

Cheers from the road!
AT

Andrew Taylor's Epic Road Trip

Hey Wolfpack,

I’m making my way from Nevada into Utah today. I just left from a few days of riding with my long time buddy Greg Watts. Over the years in the bike industry, we’ve become close friends. It’s safe to say he has been one of the biggest influences on progressing the sport of dirt jumping and slope style. That leads me into a pretty funny story about how I met Greg.

I’ll never forget the year I first went to the Sea Otter Classic and met him as a15-year-old grom. There was no such thing as stories and hashtags so when I ran into Greg and Jamie Goldman jumping the fence to get into the dirt jumps after hours. I had no idea who they were. I distinctively remember them chucking their bikes over the fence and immediately dropping into the jumps, back flipping the final set. My 15-year-old mind was blown. Little did I know at that time, I would later end up becoming roommates with Greg in Santa Cruz, travel the world competing and filming together and even got to be a groomsman in his wedding. Now that we are both into our thirties and life has taken us in different directions, it’s pretty cool that riding bikes will always bring us back together like nothing has ever changed.

Cheers from the road!
AT

Andrew Taylor's Epic Road Trip

Hey Wolfpack,

It’s May 23rd and I just left Utah. When I arrived in Moab I had zero plans of meeting up with anyone but as you can imagine, like in any transient town, that didn’t last long. On my shuttle up the whole enchilada, I met one character in particular by the name of Damian Leuck, whose story really spoke to me.

Over the course of our twenty-mile ride down, Damian talked about his younger years following the fish tour selling beer to fund his travels on the road. He later became a successful owner of a bike shop in Arizona, but found himself longing for the road. At the age of 50 he decided to step away from what some people would consider the norm to pursue life on the road once again.

He couldn’t stress enough how the pleasures of a minimalistic lifestyle are keeping him forever young at heart, which reminds me of one of my favorite quotes, “It is never too late to be what you might have been” – George Eliot

Stories like these continue to inspire me and I hope that it inspires some of you as well.

Cheers from the road!
AT

Andrew Taylor's Epic Road Trip

Hey Wolfpack,

It’s May 29th and I just left Colorado headed for Kansas. The first person I met up with in Colorado was a guy by the name of Jim Harris who had messaged me earlier this year through instagram. He had just recently joined the adidas Terrex team and was reaching out about meeting up to do some riding together.

At that time I had no idea if I would ever actually meet up with him, but after some messages back and forth and knowing I had this trip coming up, I knew I definitely wanted to make the effort when passing through his area. Prior to meeting Jim in person I didn’t know much about him. He was an adventurous guy with a passion for outdoor photography, kayaking and riding mountain bikes. After meeting up and learning more about him I found out that he had been in a major accident three years prior and was recovering from being paralyzed.

It was really cool and inspiring to hear him talk about overcoming the odds and getting back out doing things that he loves. At this point walking down the street for Jim might not be the easiest task, but following behind him on the bike, he seemed right at home Being on the road means that I meet a whole lot of people, but Jim has definitely left a mark. . I know it’s probably been a long hard road for Jim and that’s why people like him continue to inspire me to never give up and keep pushing forward.

Cheers from the road!
AT

 

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