The annual 'Transition company trip'. A tradition that began as a way for all of us to be together enjoying what we love most, riding bikes. Every year we close the headquarters and head out to a new location for a couple days. So far we have explored across British Columbia, from Cumberland to Retallack, so it was time to stay on home turf this year.
Under the guiding services of Trans-Cascadia Excursions, we headed into the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in southern Washington to ride the trails more famously known from the Trans-Cascadia backcountry race. Our base camp was right in the Mt. St Helens blast zone, where there are no fancy accommodations, wifi, cell service, or any amenities other than the forest and the bubbling creek beside camp, which is just the way we like it.
Our camp chef Kevin Menard, kept our energy levels high with Ahi Tuna burgers, protein pancakes, and lots of bacon, while Nick Gibson (TC excursion owner) kept our fire pit at a solid 11 through the night. Each day brought big climbs and even bigger views, with long ridge line descents and what many described as the best trail they had ever ridden. While it's hard to come back to reality after a trip like this, being able to do these things is important to who we are. #riderowned