Introducing Bike Magazine’s Heavy Pedal Tour 2012

One Camper, One Couple & One mission: ride the best parks

By Vernon Felton
Photos by Devon Balet

Natty and Trey and the camper that's taken them 36,000 miles to date--they'll be logging plenty more miles this summer on Bike's Heavy Pedal Tour.

Between the two of them, Natty and Trey had spent 15 long years in Olympia, Washington when the couple decided it was time for a change. They were tired of the rain, the mold and the, well, general sogginess of the Pacific Northwest.

More to the point, they wanted to jump out, explore the world and ride great trails. So this couple did what many others have dreamed about, talked about, but rarely actually done: they hawked their furniture on Craigslist, cleared out the garage and sold the house. They traded all of it in for a Ford F-350 and camper, and then they hit the road.

“Trey and I are both avid mountain bikers, and we both love to travel,” explains Natty. “The first few years of our relationship we talked often about quitting our jobs for life on the road. Trey is a physical therapist, and I work in the operating room doing neuro monitoring. It seemed like talking about traveling was getting old, so we moved forward and got rid of just about everything.”

Natty and Trey originally planned to spend a year on the road. It’s been 36,000 miles and eighteen months since they hit the road and they’re still roving the land in search of the best trails. What’s their plan now?
“To just keep going,” answers Trey. “We’re finally in the groove. We’ve got all the kinks worked out…we really just want to keep the dream alive—keep traveling.”

Natty and Trey will be doing that and then some as they pilot their camper on Bike’s 2012 Heavy Pedal Tour. Over the next few months they’ll be visiting the best bike parks, writing about their adventures and generally spreading the gospel of getting-out-and-riding.

What’s the best part of being on the road?

“For me,” says Trey, “it’s just the freedom…the ability to go where you want, when you want to and to stay as long as you want. The other great thing is that we’ve made so many new friendships and almost all of them revolve around mountain biking. Any time we mention what we’re doing: that we’re on a mission to find and ride the best mountain biking spots, if you’re talking to a mountain biker, they’re just so excited for you and they want to show you their favorite trail …it’s been amazing.”

“Trey and I are always up for a challenge,” adds Natty. “so when the opportunity to do the ‘Heavy Pedal Tour came up, it was a no brainer. We’re looking forward to the adventure.”

Natty and Trey will also be posting video, photos and write ups from their upcoming Heavy Pedal Tour.

Stay tuned.

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    Keep

  • Father Graham

    on keeping on!

    • Trey Clay

      Jim! Thanks broseph! Can’t wait to meet up with our travel buddies again soon! Good times.

  • Doug and Letha Thomas

    Awesome guys!!! Good luck with Travels and finding the new best spots. We will meet up again in Oly, when you are home sick.. Have fun!

    • Trey Clay

      Doug & Letha,
      Thanks! Already homesick for our Oly friends. Can’t wait to ride with you again. “Hold down the fort” for us until we come through!

  • jeremy jarnecke

    Natty & Trey – anywhere on the web (blog, fb, etc) that people can communicate/live vicariously through your adventure? Bike mag, can you host this effort?

    • Trey Clay

      Jeremy,
      Not sure if I replied directly to your post. If not, please see above.
      Trey

  • Trey Clay

    Jeremy,
    Thanks so much for your post. We love sharing rides, stories, and general beta of our favorite places! We’d love to hear from you…tell us where to go and what to do and what not to miss along our route with the Heavy Pedal Tour. Our next destination is Keystone, CO.

    Bikemag is currently building us a blog so we can connect and share our experiences in real time. Along with our new twitter account (NattynTrey). Our first Webisode should be available to view along with photo galleries of our travels next week! We have an Awesome Photographer/videographer traveling with us named Devon Balet. The content will be pro!
    Cheers,
    Trey & Natty

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    • Trey Clay

      I’m gonna send it COD! OK?

  • Ben Lewis

    Thanks guys for Sunday. Keystone rocked, man those are some techy trails. We will keep an eye on this post and the Bike Mag article. Let us know when you are near the Springs again…..have a blast over the next few months! — Keep on Shredding on!!!!

    • Trey Clay

      Ben, thanks for meeting up! It’s always a good time hitting up the trails with you. Yeah, Keystone is definitely a place I’d like to spend more time at. The trail “TNT” was sick too!
      Check it out next time. Lots of variety!
      Cheers,
      Trey

  • Scott

    Hi Trey and Natty, it’s Scott from Phoenix. We met briefly on the trail at Trestle and exchanged stories of the elusive Mr. Finch. You guys should hook up with Joel and Nikki from http://rvidaloca.com/. They have the same gig as you, but with a bigger rig! Drop me a line when you start heading into AZ and we’ll ride….

  • Trey Clay

    Hey Scott! Good to hear from you. Small World! Thanks for that link to Joel & Nikki! We’ll message them for sure. We do plan on hitting up AZ later this Fall. Can’t wait!
    LET’S RIDE!!!
    Trey

  • Kevin

    Wow!

    Talk about livin’ the dream!

    What an awesome idea…best wishes guys.

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  • Shen

    Hi- I’m in Idaho and am stoked you are coming to SV. Where will you be before Sun Valley and where will go after? Whats your itinerary?

    • Trey Clay

      Shen,
      We are at The Canyons Bike Park/Resort in Park City, UT. We were in SV this past spring…the bike park had not yet opened. But, we did ride some killer trails. Can’t wait to get back there to sesh the park! Jackson, WY is our next scheduled destination before coming to SV.

      Stoked,
      Trey

  • ann

    thanks this

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