This Van is an Island

by Zach June 11, 2013

Drive around in a Sprinter. Ride bikes. Take pictures. Poke the keys on a laptop. Sleep, when possible. Burritos, three meals a day. Life on the road is the life of the Kitsbow “van man,” as I’m affectionately referred to when in the office. Since you’ve maybe already met our founders, we decided it was probably high time for my turn to break the third curtain of Kitsbow’s journaling voice and introduce myself.

My name is Zach. I was born in Northern Michigan where I grew up riding; first outrunning younger brothers on our pumptrack in the pines, and then later chasing my older brother across the incredible singletrack found all over Grand Traverse County.

Initially, riding was a way for me to connect with and spend time with him out in the woods, but it would soon evolve into something much greater as I took flight aboard other types of bicycles while seeking out other styles of riding. Never could I have guessed that a sustained love for two wheels would someday lead me to Kitsbow, but it certainly did. I am lucky, and this is only the beginning.

Like Kerouac’s open road, I once dreamt about chasing the horizon with little more than a camera, a pen, and a stack of paper-bound Field Notes. Luckily it is moving from trail to trail, but the Sprinter is very much that island of sorts, and all of the forthcoming journaling is little more than the earnest filling of those notes. It’s an absolute joy to know that you’re taking time to flip through them, so thank you.

I’ll see you out there. [zp]

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