Tayo Basquiat (he/him, Rio Rancho, NM). I cut my bikepacking teeth on the gravel/dirt roads and winds of North Dakota. I dig the rhythms, pace, solitude, and challenges of bikepacking. When I’ve met other bikepackers on my travels, the connection is often immediate and deep, as if we’ve been friends for years. Happily ensconced now on my little off-grid hacienda in the high desert, I’m excited to help other peeps enjoy the bikepacking experience and to help build this community. Down with cars, up with bikes!