Biking

Mexican Hat Trick

I was mashing at the pedals and sucking wind as we ground our way to the top of the final ridge. The Baja desert is unforgiving, but when you throw in lung-busting ascents, technical descents,...

The Phantom Stampede

They always wait to tear through camp until after you've stargazed yourself into bleary slumber. Then the frenzied desperation of blood-lusting coyotes sends you leaping from your epidermis and...

Rattle & Roll

Dodging rattlesnakes on a mountain bike is easy. Here's the scene: It's just after daybreak on Puerto Blanco Drive, a 53-mile dirt road that loops through Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in...

Dreaming of a White-Sand Christmas

Q: My girlfriend and I are looking for a two-week winter trip in a warm climate. We are pretty strong bikers but would like beaches and hiking, too. Any thoughts? &...

New Zealand on a Whim and a Pannier

I am dancing with Freddie Mercury at a nightclub in Christchurch, New Zealand. The king of Queen tosses a toothy grin my way and sways his hips to the beat of a circa-1984 pop tune. Nearby,...

The Caribbean Defined

Nevis: Uncrowded, Unhurried, Unsung You have to force the action a bit on Nevis. Oh, there's everything to do—kayak, snorkel, dive, windsurf—that you'd expect on a...

The Caribbean Defined

Hey! Let's stay up all night and parade through the streets nearly naked to the sound of steel-drum music! Oh, sorry, that's Trinidad. Tobago, the altogether more serene, and green, sibling of...

Stealth Safaris

To become truly intimate with the animals of Africa, you must travel as they do: under your own steam. A mountain-bike safari is a great way to explore the bush, and southern Africa is the most...

High (Desert) Rollin'

Q: Where's a good spot to go mountain biking near Albuquerque, New Mexico? Any suggestions for other types of outings in the area would also be appreciated. — ...

Desert Escapes

The 1.6 million acres of southern California's Mojave National Preserve embrace jagged granite peaks of 8,000 feet, sparse creosote lowlands of 1,000 feet, and, best of all, desert solitude so...

The Exhaust-Free, Self-Propelled Foliage Tour

Migrationally speaking, almost everything leaves New England in autumn. The exception? Tour buses, of course, fall foliage tours in the Northeast being the single most popular trip in busdom....

The Exhaust-Free, Self-Propelled Foliage Tour

A challenging multiday trail for hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking in Rhode Island? Sure, it seems like the start of yet another joke ragging on New England's smallest, flattest, and...

The Exhaust-Free, Self-Propelled Foliage Tour

When the mobs descend on Squam Lake (of On Golden Pond fame) and Lake Winnipesaukee, Granite State locals take refuge in the high country off Sandwich Notch Road, one of the last...

Euro Surf 'n' Turf

If crisping like a patata frita on the Costa del Sol is not your cup of sangria, why not head 70 miles north to Spain's newly christianed Sierra Nevada National Park? Here you can...

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