What I'm going to present is the approach that I've unconsciously used to design backcountry bike trips over the past few years. This is the starting point of my adventure planning. I first focus on what I want the adventure to communicate to myself, then establishing rules. Then much later, creativity.
Rarely do I get that feeling of oh-shit-this-is-going-to-change-everything from an article I read, but one year ago there it was, in front of me, in the NYT, and it was damning. So damning, I had to reread it 4 or 5 times to make sure that my mind wasn't playing tricks on me.
“Don’t think of a route as just a line between a start and end,” says Casey Greene. “Don’t limit yourself.” It’s not just great advice from the man who maps bikepacking routes for the Adventure Cycling Association, it’s a great way to live."