Climbing a pass in NE Italy during a cycle tour of Europe.

Climbing a pass in NE Italy during a cycle tour of Europe in summer 2015.

Traipsing About chronicles the life, adventures, thoughts and travels of Dakota and Chelsea. We’re a husband/wife team exploring the world by bicycle, Sprinter van or backpack.

After three years on the road, a desire for community prompted us to land in the outdoor playground of Bend, Oregon in late 2016. The theme for 2018: “Adventurous creativity.” On the docket is lots of traveling for rock climbing, plus some longer bike packing adventures.

To get to know us, check out the “Meet the Team” page! You may want to check out the archives. It’s been four years since we launched this adventure and there’s a lot in there.

I (Dakota) write about topics ranging far and wide, so click around! You can also find us on Instagram. Recent adventures include a rock climbing adventure at Smith Rock in Oregon, racing 100 miles on a mountain bike, exploring Iceland by camper van and trekking in the highlands, and a van trip into the Canadian Rockies searching for the best mountain bike trails around!

Since launching this blog in fall 2013, we’ve cycle toured for eight months and 7,000 miles through 14 countries and spent over 1.5 years road tripping in our van, plus volunteering for extended stints and living in places like Santa Cruz and New York City. Life is good!

I think of this site as two parts:

  • A practical guide to living an intentional, streamlined life free to pursue dreams and develop new passions.
  • Insights, helpful resources, and stories from our travels to help (and inspire) you to explore the world or your backyard.

Intentional Living

These are practical posts discussing how I run a business and keep track of our lives from afar:

For my philosophy on life, plus pursuing adventure and your passions, check out these posts:

My pot of gold at the end of a rainbow! Riding next to Weeping Wall in Glacier on Going-to-the-Sun Road.

Chelsea cruising through the Rockies! Weeping Wall in Glacier on Going-to-the-Sun Road.

Bike Touring

When we aren’t traveling in the van, one of our favorite ways to travel is via bicycle. We always have two mountain bikes and two touring bikes in the Sprinter, and sometimes we park the van and head out on bicycles for unsupported tours.

In 2014, we rode 4,000 miles west to east across the U.S. In 2015, we toured a few thousand miles through Europe. Some posts in this realm include:

All the Van Posts!

Here’s a list of all the posts about DIY Sprinter camper van, which I built out in 2013:

That’s enough reading to make anyone nod off. Want to follow our journey? Plug in your email below and you’ll get each new post from our evolving adventure. Thanks for stopping by!