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If a click from a Google search landed you here, what you have stumbled up is a blog that was originally created in 2015. The sole intent was to chronicle the preparation and daily account of solo riding all 2,700 miles of the world’s longest mountain bike route… The Great Divide Mountain Bike Route (GDMBR)
Since that trip, this blog has become much more. It is a place to chronicle all of my adventures as they happen. Most so far are mountain biking related, but some are not. What I will do and write about next is just as much of a mystery to me as it is to anybody. Not limited by imagination, only by a budget and time off from work.
It is my hope that you have come to this site to read the personal trials, tribulations of tackling adventures big and small. Whether it be the glory of loading up a mountain bike with the bare essentials and hitting the trail solo for a couple of months or sailing a boat with a friend for several days on the Great Lakes.
I thank you for visiting and hope you find these accounts interesting as well as entertaining. Please keep in mind that much of what is written here was done so hunched over inside a one person tent, by the light of a headlamp, on an iPad mini that utilizes a grossly undersized keyboard. In other words, typos and grammatical errors are aplenty.
About the name of this blog. What is a Maunabiker?
When giving out this web address, I often have to explain what “Maunabiker” is and how that name came about. For those that have not heard the spiel, I’ll explain. To begin, the unromantic reality is; it’s difficult to come up with a domain name these days, that is not already taken.
Everybody that understands the English language knows what a biker is but what about the first part “Mauna“? Well, that is Hawaiian and the word means Mountain. Even though I’m not from Hawaii, the magic of the islands and an appreciation for the Hawaiian culture is deeply embedded into my heart and soul. My connection is primarily on the Big Island (Hawaii) where the mountains of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa reside. So to put it simply; Mauna-biker is a cleverly created (like to fantasize myself as clever) way to say Mountain Biker.