Don’t wish me luck, wish me adventure!
Biyaking is the hybrid sport of biking and kayaking.
I’m both a biker and a kayaker, and I love the idea of doing both! The concept is simple – Tow a kayak behind a bike on land, and then mount the bike on the kayak on water. It took me a while to devise the perfect rig, and I’ve tried several different components and setups. I’m certainly not the first person to do this, but I’d like to share my experience with you, and help you get started! You may simply want a way to get your kayak to the water, or you might be looking for a round-trip solution to kayaking downstream.
In September of 2015, I took my Biyaking rig on a 2-day, self-sustained 73 mile trip involving 3 sections on the road, and 2 on the water. Several miles of road were even gravel roads. Read about my adventure on my blog or watch the YouTube video.
In 2016, I took the same route, but didn’t document it well. The biggest challenge I had during that trip, was that some 20 miles into the biking portion, I realized I didn’t pack my life jacket. Since I was loaded down with a bike on the kayak, and paddling by myself, I wasn’t going to risk it… Then I realized how difficult it would be to paddle without the paddles that I also forgot! My mind went into problem solving mode, and I considered purchasing the missing necessities, but eventually paid a neighbor to bring my equipment to me (it was about an hour and a half away). The rest of the trip went well, with some light rain to keep me cool.
My next adventure is this year! 2020 (what could go wrong, right?)
I’ll keep you posted.