(he/him, Hillsboro, MO) I started the Missouri Bikepacking Facebook Group in May 2022, shortly after my first multi-day bikepacking trip on the Katy Trail. I love creating new routes, exploring new areas, and I am eager to get more local group rides and events together. I am a US Army Reserve Veteran. I deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. I met my wife in the Army, and we have two sons that are 7 and 9. I raced BMX when I was younger, and I sent my BMX bike to Iraq and Afghanistan to get around base. I feel more comfortable on a mountain bike but will often hop on my gravel bike when our local trail conditions are poor.