What is a Velo MicroAdventure?

You might be asking yourself, what is a Velo MicroAdventure?

For those who understand what Velo means, the term is pretty self explanatory.  What many don’t know is what the term “MicroAdventure” refers to.

The term was created/coined by British Adventurer Alastair Humpreys.  Simply put, a microadventure is an adventure that is close to home, inexpensive, simple, short, and yet very effective.

As Humphreys states on his website:

You do not need to fly to the other side of the planet to do an expedition.
You do not need to be an elite athlete, expertly trained, or rich to have an adventure.

Adventure is only a state of mind.
Adventure is stretching yourself; mentally, physically or culturally. It is about doing what you do not normally do, pushing yourself hard and doing it to the best of your ability.

And if that is true then adventure is all around us, at all times. Even during hard financial times such as these. Times, I believe, when getting out into the wild are more enjoyable, invigorating and important than ever.

And it’s this philosophy that brought about Velo MicroAdventures

So why do a velo microadventure?  Isn’t that the same as overnight bike camping or as it might also be known an s24o?

To answer the first question, it’s not only about experiencing an adventure, getting out into nature and away from life for 24 hours, it’s about realizing you don’t need to spend loads of money to have an adventure. A basic gear list, a well maintained bicycle and the desire to get away for 24 hours is all that’s needed.

As a Certified Master Recycler, I also feel that each of us has an impact on the planet.  Plane or car travel impacts the planet.  And lets face it, leisure travel is a luxury, not a necessity.   And to answer the second question, yes, it could be considered either one of those terms.  The difference Velo MicroAdventures offers is the experience of a small group of like minded individuals who combine their love for bike camping, adventure and at the same time wanting to minimize their impact on the planet all the while not costing you a huge sum of money.

In this blog, I’ll be evaluating what I feel is the best type of gear to use that has minimal impact on the planet (pros & cons), recipes that source local ingredients and preparing those meals in camp as well as places to experience velo microadventures around Eugene.  It’s a niche concept for sure, but one I believe fulfills the need many have to escape for an overnight bike camping trip, experience unique dishes and beverages, and support both the local economy and help the planet at the same time.

Welcome to Velo MicroAdventures!  Let’s share a richness of adventure together.

 

Cliff

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