142 Miles From Monday - Video

Nov 22, 2015
by Alex Witkowicz  
Views: 7,573    Faves: 40    Comments: 4


This is a film about stepping away from the 9 to 5 lifestyle, the benefits of scaring yourself, and about connecting with nature to find meaning in everyday life.

Building bike bags in Laramie Wyoming.

Riding the Kokopelli day two.

Setting up camp after day one.

Post ride beers

Fueling up at camp.

Campfire on the Kokopelli.


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40 Comments

  • 42 1
 That 9 to 5 grind is the only way I can afford my expensive bikes... vicious cycle.
  • 25 4
 Word. I'm one of those suit-wearing guys they probably see on the street and smirk at. However when quitting time rolls around, I shed the suit at the trail head and crush it on my Enduro 29. When you have a wife and two kids, being a bike hippie isn't really in the cards, but I'm okay with that.
  • 10 2
 I doubt they'll be smirking, after all it's us suit wearing guys that buys the stuff these guys make allowing them to remain bike hippies.
  • 2 1
 Yeah, this makes me reminisce of when I was single and mountain biking. Not very realistic if you have greater priorities in life. Unless your some kind of trust fund baby, well then more power to ya!
  • 7 1
 Yeh the part time lifestyle is great until you reach 40+ and don't own a home, have no skill that will earn you good money and are basically just viewed as a bum by everyone... I made the same life choice in my twenties and am damn well regretting it now, working 9-5 on minimum wage as I never followed a career and have a family to provide for now.
  • 7 0
 I don't think their message was not to work, but to get out of that rut from the rat race from time to time. I know doctors, dentists and an honest-to-goodness rocket scientist who have done this ride. You gotta work, but taking time off for three days to do something like this is good for the soul.
  • 24 1
 142? Don't you mean 148? This video must be from last year.
  • 13 1
 Great trails and lots of altruism right up to the point where they panic over the missing support truck. The whole 'man in nature' thing fell apart there.
  • 9 1
 Okay, so I'm glad I'm not the only one who was amused by their reaction when the support vehicle carrying hot food and sleeping bags was a little late.
  • 10 1
 Thanks for the feedback guys.

I went back and forth on whether or not to include the missing driver in the story. But I thought it was an interesting part of what happened, so I decided to try and work it in.

In reality, it wasn't so much that the support vehicle was "a little late," it was that the bikers arrived at camp dehydrated and exhausted, at dusk, and had no idea where the driver was. (He was supposed to have been there hours earlier). So, they didn't know if he was injured or lost or if he was going to ever show up.

Considering they were 40+ miles from cell service, had no water (or even any sources to filter), and were facing an extremely cold night in the desert...it was definitely a bit of a sketchy situation!
  • 2 2
 I may have missed it, but didn't seem like there was much concern for the support driver. Just that you guys didn't have your stuff waiting. She could have been stuck out in the middle of nowhere needing help too?
  • 4 2
 Support vehicle. Meh.
  • 2 3
 That video annoyed me more than it should have!
  • 9 0
 Great video. That part of the country is my favorite. Many miles of great trails in remote areas. The idea of not having work be the centerfold of your life and getting back to nature is certainly not a new one (see "hippies"). It's something we all need to carve out time for. I moved our family to Colorado in part for this reason. For me however, the idea of serving something greater than our individual desires has the greatest potential for reward. I am not referring to religion, but things like charity, raising children, or a even an occupation that gives back in some way should be a goal as well.
  • 8 0
 Such inspiration! New Generation here's what's up!
  • 6 3
 Sorry to rain on the parade, but mountain biking is such a middle class sport. It upsets me how much we have to spend to have good times like these three are having. How can we afford these great adventures and amazing bikes without working at the grindstone?
  • 6 0
 I disagree. Plenty of people do amazing things with what they have where they live.
  • 4 0
 Great video, anytime you can get outside with your buddies for a few days travelling is a blast.
Support vehicle / no support vehicle who cares. These guys are having fun enjoying life.
  • 2 0
 I'd love to do a 3 day just like this. Is there any way to do this without having support for water along the way? I have 2 other friends who would be down. Not sure if I'm better off going to more of an alpine area with fresh snow melt in the spring? I just don't want to be caught without water or support if it's needed.
  • 2 0
 That area is scorched earth. If you already haven't you should look at the Colorado Trail. Some do the whole thing or just sections of it. You can pump water along the way so a 3 day unsupported is pretty easy. I haven't done it but it's on the list for myself and a buddy in the next couple years. I met a guy in Salida this year doing it on a freakin' mountain unicycle.
  • 2 0
 -Monkey, yes you can do this self supported but you have to do some research to understand where you can get water. There are long stretches without anything on the trail but there are few short detours you can make to resupply on the Fruita side. Best time to ride it is mid-May after the snow finally melts in the La Sals but the heat on the Fruita side can get tough. Alternately you can go in the fall but there are fewer water opportunities on the Moab side but the temps are cooler. I've pedaled it twice unsupported and it's an amazing experience. I've also done the Colorado Trail unsupported way too many times and is even more life changing.
  • 1 0
 Thanks for all the practical advice! I'll plan for both in the late spring next year! Stoked!
  • 2 0
 -Jakomait, I'm assuming you are Jesse. We've never really met, except for about five seconds as you were doing the CTR this year. My buddies and I were riding the CT self supported from Denver to Durango, and we passed you around Molas Pass/Engineer Mountain. Truly a life changing experience for me as I had never bike packed before and was riding an Enduro with about 40 lbs of gear. We ended up finishing in 12 days. Congrats on the record ( I began tracking you guys as we finished in Durango), and I will never understand how you can cover that type of terrain in sub 4-days. Happy trails.

-Paul
  • 8 2
 too much life philosophy and not enough details of the ride.
  • 1 3
 Way too much philosophy....just ride and STFU!
  • 3 0
 Honestly, this isn't the world's most exciting ride until the last 15 miles or so, when you hook up with Porcupine Rim. Miles and miles of dirt road and double track. And the last day is just stupid with climbing. In the end, it's more about the accomplishment than anything else, not the adrenaline from hitting big drops and smashing berms. So the actual riding wouldn't be all that interesting in terms of watching it on video. You have to capture something else about it. They went with the philosophy of life, which I agree did get a little preachy, but maybe that's what they got out of it.
  • 1 0
 Being dehydrated and fatigued, sleep deprived, accomplishing a goal and being stoked on life in general can add to the tendency to philosophize. I appreciated it.

Loved seeing the Kulshan Brewing Company t shirt at 8:42. At least one of them has been to my neck of the woods. Hope he got some good riding in! Ride On!
  • 2 0
 Loved this vid!!! I've been wanting to get into bike packing and adventure trips and this is just what I want to see. People breaking away from their everyday lives and enjoying getting out in nature. Looking forward to the day me and my bud make the commitment and create memories to last a lifetime.
  • 5 0
 Well that escalated quickly...
  • 5 1
 The address of the house is ironic at best...
  • 2 2
 the day Peter Tosh was murdered by the government.
  • 1 1
 Sorry to say it, but you need a handgun out there. Tweekers.
  • 2 0
 For extended multiday trips you have to carry a survivalkit and essentials for an overnight stay in the open. ( extra food, tarp, etc.)
  • 4 0
 Nice to see an On One Lurcher in the wild!
  • 1 0
 hoping is not the one making that irritating pedaling noise Smile
  • 3 0
 Is this part of a longer movie? They've got a CAMERA CREW for a 9:00 minute clip.
  • 7 0
 The "camera crew" was actually just me (and my girlfriend who I dragged along to help out!)

Originally these guys had invited me to do the trip with them, but I had been interested in making a short film for some time, so I decided that this was a cool opportunity to tell a story and see what I could put together.
  • 4 1
 I don't get it how people get upset with this or that and get tasty. Just chill and have a good riding. Peace.
  • 2 1
 Looks like a nice weekend trip, but not really stepping away from the grid. Water is always an issue in the desert, go figure.
  • 1 0
 Kokopelli

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