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34 BikeLife Seattle Life on the Road with the IMBA Trail Care Crew E veryday it happens like clock- work I meet another rider on the trail or am just pumping gas and I get asked So where do you live I still stumble over the answer which usually ends up being On the road or In that there Subaru. Before I can explain I am interrupt- ed with But where do you really live Depending on the day I usually just give an answer that people are expecting to hear which is to pick one place a defini- tive home base that I go back to. I either tell them Idaho where I lived one year ago or Colorado where I grew up. But the truth is my boyfriend Jordan Carr and I live out of a brightly colored hard-to-miss Subaru Outback flashing the IMBA logo complete with two Trek bikes on the back and a Yakima roof box bursting with dirty riding gear and trail building tools. We travel the country working to share our passion for moun- tain biking and trail-based recreation as members of the Subaru-IMBA Trail Care Crew. We visit a different community each and every weekend to educate the local mountain bikers and trail users on sustainable trail development. We col- laborate with land managers to find the balance between their agency goals and providing quality recreational opportu- nities to benefit both locals and visitors. We discuss the health and economic ben- efits with community officials in hopes of getting them excited about trails. Every weekend whether its in Brook- ings South Dakota or Ithaca New York or Moab Utah we are welcomed into the community by enthusiastic mountain bik- ers eager to improve access to trails and the experience of those trails. I accepted this job dreaming of all the different trails I would ride and never adequately an- ticipated the impact these communities would have on me. In each place we vis- it passionate individuals have mobilized into tight-knit communitiesindividuals who may have never crossed paths oth- erwise. It is a passion for the sport of mountain biking and a passion to build and have high-quality trail experiences that bond these individuals. Regardless of anyones profession background or even their riding ability level bikes break barriers that would otherwise inhibit relationships. Riding bikes provides a platform for friend- ships to develop and most of all for a community of likeminded individuals to flourish. As the Subaru-IMBA Trail Care Crew my boyfriend and I take bits and pieces from each visit and share them with the next weaving together a stronger bigger and more inclusive com- munity of mountain bikers. And while nothing puts a smile on my face quicker than a rowdy rocky trail or a fast flowy section that rips through aspen groves it is the close but diverse communities of trail lovers that make me want to set- tle down and find my placeto have my own community that I can be a part of. I am indeed one of the millennial gen- eration who is deliberately choosing to lead a different life than the stereotyp- ically mapped-out path of my parents generation the baby boomers. The majority of folks I get to work with are Boomers and the idea of not having a home is foreign to most of them. While I sometimes agree with the person who wants to hear Ketchum Idaho in re- sponse to their question about where I live the IMBAru is my place for now and allows me to get a taste of communi- ties all over the country. Printed with permission from Dirt Rag and IMBA. Read more great mountain bike content at dirtragmag.com or imba.com. Life on the Road THE FINAL MILE By LANI BRUNTZ The author with boyfriend Jordan Carr. Below Jordan with their home base the hard-to-miss brightly colored IMBA Trail Care Subaru aka the IMBAru.