Blackburn

Courtney Lewis
Pacific Coast
Q&A With Courtney

What was the genesis moment or inspiration for your upcoming adventure?

I’ve had the fortune of seeing a lot of the world, and it’s taken me time to recognize that there is so much amazing adventure within close reach here in the US. Travelling from one end of the country to the next will give me an incredible lens into the landscape of my home, and I am excited of the people and natural beauty that I will meet along the way. I’ve followed the Blackburn Ranger program for the last few years, and the variety of their backgrounds and approaches were immediate inspiration for me to tackle the same path in my own way.


Have you traveled by bike in the past?

The last time I traveled by bike was a few years ago, but I can always be found around one of my bikes, commuting or exploring on day trips. When I travel, I make sure to rent a bike or bring one with me: there’s no better way to see a place than to get around by bicycle.

                                                                                       

What is your goal for the route?

I plan to camp along the entire route, and share all of the natural beauty and cultural quirks along the way. I also plan to hike a number of summits with my bike and friends, and find beautiful views that can only be found far away from cities. 

What do you hope to get out of this journey?

I'm excited to shake up my routine, and the routines of my friends (and friends-to-be!) along the way. I want to push my limits to get the most out of the time I have, and to learn more about myself. 

- Ranger Camp -

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Gear List

- My Ride -

- My Favorite Blackburn Gear -

  • OUTPOST CARGO CAGE $24.99 Buy Now
  • BARRIER UNIVERSAL PANNIER $99.99 Buy Now
  • OUTPOST TOP TUBE BAG $44.99 Buy Now
  • BARRIER HB HANDLEBAR BAG $109.99 Buy Now

- BLACKBURN GEAR -

  • • Blackburn Outpost Racks
  • • Blackburn Barrier Panniers
  • • Blackburn Barrier Handlebar Bag
  • • Blackburn Local U-Lock
  • • Wayside Multitool
  • • Blackburn Mammoth 2-Stage Mini Pump
  • • Lights: Blackburn Rear 50 and Front 300

- Camping Gear -

  • • Big Agnes Tent: Copper Spur 2
  • • Big Agnes Sleeping Bag: Pitchpine UL 45 (short); in a compression sack
  • • Big Agnes Sleeping Pad: Q Core SL (short)
  • • MSR Pocket Rocket Stove
  • • Camp Towel
  • • GSI Soloist Cook Kit
  • • Toiletries

- Riding Gear and Equipment -

  • • ACA Pacific Coast Maps
  • • Water Bottles (2)
  • • Flat kit and spare tube
  • • Wallet
  • • Passport
  • • Voltaic Solar Charger
  • • Cannon a6000 camera
  • • iPhone
  • • Headphones
  • • Journal, stamps (for postcards), pen
  • • Compact squeeze water filter
  • • 16L backpack
  • • Boots

- Clothing-2 stuff sacks labeled “pretty clean” and “dirty” -

  • • Kitsbow Women A/M Jersey (¾ sleeve)
  • • Kitsbow short sleeve A/M jersey
  • • T-shirt
  • • tank
  • • 2 socks
  • • 2 sports bras
  • • 2 wool underwear
  • • Kitsbow Women RG Short
  • • Kitsbow Women SS Jacket (Shoftshell)
  • • Swimsuit
  • • baselayer/pajamas
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- Giselle (my dog's) Gear List -

  • • Camp towel (xxs)
  • • Aromatherapy Wipes
  • • Weruva Dog Food (shipped ahead in portions)
  • • Two months of heartguard and flea/tick medicine
  • • Rack-top carrier

- Backpacking -

  • • Compact squeeze water filter
  • • 16L backpack
  • • Boots
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Courtney Lewis
  • FROM: Brooklyn, New York
  • DOB: 2016-01-01
  • N/A
  • OCCUPATION: Mechanic and Social Media Communications
  • What was the genesis moment or inspiration for your upcoming adventure? I’ve had the fortune of seeing a lot of the world, and it’s taken me time to recognize that there is so much amazing adventure within close reach here in the US. Travelling from one end of the country to the next will give me an incredible lens into the landscape of my home, and I am excited of the people and natural beauty that I will meet along the way. I’ve followed the Blackburn Ranger program for the last few years, and the variety of their backgrounds and approaches were immediate inspiration for me to tackle the same path in my own way.
  • Have you traveled by bike in the past? The last time I traveled by bike was a few years ago, but I can always be found around one of my bikes, commuting or exploring on day trips. When I travel, I make sure to rent a bike or bring one with me: there’s no better way to see a place than to get around by bicycle.
  • What is your goal for the route? I plan to camp along the entire route, and share all of the natural beauty and cultural quirks along the way. I also plan to hike a number of summits with my bike and friends, and find beautiful views that can only be found far away from cities.
  • What do you hope to get out of this journey? I'm excited to shake up my routine, and the routines of my friends (and friends-to-be!) along the way. I want to push my limits to get the most out of the time I have, and to learn more about myself.