Well, I walked down to the bike shop on a break from work this morning to meet Diane so she could look for a new mountain bike, and I ended up leaving with a new bike for myself! I think I’ll be outfitting this one for some bikepacking trips in the future!
Update 12-8-20: To be honest, I’ve never been much of a mountain biker in the past and I think I now know it’s because I never really enjoyed riding my old bike. After riding this bike on local trails a couple times over the past two months and then riding over 20 miles this past weekend at Dead Horse Point State Park, I must say that this is a really fun bike to ride and I’m looking forward to taking it out a lot more! I’m having a lot of fun on a mountain bike which is something I never thought I’d hear myself say, and I’m glad I bought it on a whim!
Update 3-22-21: Here are a couple photos of my setup from our first bikepacking trip. You can read all about that trip here: Trail of the Ancients: Our First Bikepacking Experience