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Why We Travel: Offline on the Umpqua

Posted by Josie | June 27th, 2013 | Filed under Bikes, Outdoor Sport, Personal Reflection, Travel, Who We Are

This summer, in the Thought Kitchen, we explore why we love to travel. First up in our series—Josie Norris—our beloved producer and wild queen of single track, goes offline on the Umpqua. 

En route to Ashland from central Oregon two weeks ago, I accidentally found my new favorite wild place in Oregon. The Umpqua River sucked me in and I never made it to Ashland.

On day one, I spent hours on the North Umpqua River Trail (79 miles of beautifully maintained single-track) and didn’t see a single person. In the absence of cell reception, I left a note on my car the second day that said “if you’re reading this note after 8:00 p.m. on Saturday June 15th please send help…..”.

Thank you Verizon and thank you Oregon, for reminding me what it means to be truly disconnected.

 

2 Responses to “Why We Travel: Offline on the Umpqua”

  • July 2, 2013 at 5:11 am | Rufus says

    Sweeeet!

  • July 3, 2013 at 7:30 am | Nicole says

    And that’s why we’re working to get it into wilderness – so it stays like that for future generations! Thanks for highlighting how wonderful this area is!

    cheers,
    Nicole

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