Father and Son Road Trip

Back to school is that much sweeter for Will Naviaux. In addition to his backpack, this 13 year old carries to class the fond memories of a summer spent seeing the US by bicycle alongside his dad, Wesley.

 

Wesley Wes Will Naviaux bicycle touring bike across United States country Higher Gear

 

Wesley Wes Will Naviaux bicycle touring bike across United States country Higher GearThe father/son duo traveled the U.S. this past summer. Higher Gear’s own Connor Trapp was able to provide support – and to document their experience in his blog – along the way. Connor also captured some great photos of the epic journey across the States.

Wes and Will biked the Midwestern portion of their coast-to-coast adventure early in the summer. Connor provided support for them when they covered the west coast – biking from Anacortes, Washington to La Crescent, Minnesota – and then on their eastern adventure, riding from Rensselaer, Indiana to Bar Harbo, Maine.

Over the winter, Wes and Will were regulars in our CompuTrainer Studio. There, Wes routinely dominated the field in our Course of the Week friendly competition. All those winter miles paid off. After their obligatory “dipping of the wheels” into the lake in Anacortes, Wes and Will ended their first day after biking more than one hundred miles, which set the tone for their adventure.

 

 

Wesley Wes Will Naviaux bicycle touring bike across United States country Higher Gear

 

Their epic journey took them 4100 and they managed to pull off a streak of 33 100-mile days in a row. On some days, they experienced flat terrain, on other days they did lots of climbing. (Their second day on the west coast covered two 4,000-foot passes.) They also experienced all kinds of weather while riding across the country, as well as some amazing scenery, both natural and man-made.

 

Wesley Wes Will Naviaux bicycle touring bike across United States country Higher Gear

 

Wesley Wes Will Naviaux bicycle touring bike across United States country Higher Gear

Wesley Wes Will Naviaux bicycle touring bike across United States country Higher Gear

 

 

 

Wesley Wes Will Naviaux bicycle touring bike across United States country Higher Gear

 

 

Wesley Wes Will Naviaux bicycle touring bike across United States country Higher Gear

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wesley Wes Will Naviaux bicycle touring bike across United States country Higher Gear

 

 

Wesley Wes Will Naviaux bicycle touring bike across United States country Higher GearWill and Wes had very different bicycle choices for their trip. Wes went with a classic steel road bike: the Bianchi Volpe with standard Tiagra components was designed as a cylcocross bike that can also take on long-distance road rides, gravel road excursions, city commuting and fully-loaded touring. With the latter in mind, Wes rode with a rack and panniers attached.

Will, on the other hand, rode a brand new Specialized Roubaix Comp Disc with Shimano Ultegra components. The Roubaix falls into that category of “endurance road bikes.” Its carbon layup and its design are meant to cover long distances comfortably. Will’s 700x25cc tires made for a softer ride on the road and his disc brakes gave him greater peace of mind when riding through unpredictable weather.

 

 

Wesley Wes Will Naviaux bicycle touring bike across United States country Higher Gear

 

Will may be too old for the “What I Did this Summer” essay, but his experience has given him an education that will last a lifetime. His epic adventure has opened up a whole new world, and it’s a world that is better seen by bike.

 

Wesley Wes Will Naviaux bicycle touring bike across United States country Higher Gear

 

Wesley Wes Will Naviaux bicycle touring bike across United States country Higher Gear

 

 

 

All photographs from the trip were provided by Connor Trapp.

 

 

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