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Karen Kefauver, Spin City: Trading my bike for a backpack, temporarily

Published Friday June 17

Usually if I’m hiking a trail, it’s because one of my fat tires went flat. Not this time.

I’m ready to try something completely new this summer, so I’m trading in my mountain bike for hiking boots and a backpack.

What’s it like to hike every step of a trail, no shock absorbers or knobby tires to ease my way through the woods? Will it feel tranquil or torturous to be totally self-contained, schlepping my tent, sleeping bag and half a dozen down pillows? (OK, I’ll leave the pillows at home.)

So what prompted me to climb off the saddle and into boots? Curiosity.

But first, there’s a lot of preparation — and time is flying.

Article length: About 960 words.
Tags: Santa Cruz County
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