Guest Contributor: Patrick McGrady
Read Time: 3 mins - Short Film: 5 mins
When you surround yourself with people who do fun stuff … like a ride from NC to PA (“Why I Bikepacked 650+ Miles Through A Hurricane”), or are the videographer for a 100 mile race (“Belt Buckles & Beer or Cobwebs & Concussions: A 100 Mile Quest”) you get a certain itch to launch your own adventure. In June of 2023 I started formulating a plan to bike from San Diego to San Francisco and call this project “San to San”. Bikepacking up the California coast whilst filming the experience was the challenge, and completing a fulfilling project and making a film out of it was the goal. Every day certainly had its own physical and mental ups and downs, but looking back now, it was one hell of an adventure! It’s hard to sum it up into words, but here are the snippets from each day.
Guest Q&A: Zach Karmel
Read Time: 3 mins
If you’ve kept up with HPM over the past few weeks, you’ve seen that weather and Momma Nature have their own plans one of our signature events … again. This time, the inaugural Perennial Endurance Run was rescheduled due to significant weather and trail damage at the event venue. We quickly shot a note to all participants with options for how to handle their registration. Naturally everyone involved was bummed but responses were overwhelmingly understanding and optimistic. W
We certainly heard a few unique situations that required some creativity. One response stood out though … “I was wondering if I could submit an alternate run in place of Perennial. My friends and I decided to run 50 miles that day”. Of course we had to respond ...
Guest Q&A: Jeremy Weibley
Read Time: 4 mins - Short Film: 5 mins
Endurance sports can literally and figuratively lead us to the highest of peaks and the lowest of valleys. There are lessons to be learned in both of these physical and mental places. Human Powered Movement is proud to support Jeremy Weibley on his quest to finish his first 100 mile trail race. In this short film and Q&A you'll see why some ultramarathons end up with belt buckles and beers and some end with concussions and cobwebs. Ultra running is kind of like mountaineering ... reaching the peak is optional, descending is mandatory.
Guest Q&A: Galen Bratton
Read Time: 6 mins
Galen Bratton, the older brother of Human Powered Movement founder Adam Bratton recently completed his first multi-day bikepacking trip of the 184 mile Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Trail.
Although many have ridden this popular and completely car-free route, from Cumberland, MD to Washington, DC (or vice versa), the experience with his HS pals did more than just allow for a few days away from computer screens and onto two-wheels. It re-inspired the childlike wonder of riding bikes, it re-invigorated the need to move through nature, and it reinforced 40+ years of friendship.
We tossed a few questions his way to get a feel for what last week’s pedal powered comradely session meant to him and his HS buds.
Human Powered Journal
Writings and musings of an active lifestyle
Adam Bratton is the Founder and Head Enabler at Human Powered Movement.
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