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Welcome To Bike & Boldt

Why Bike & Boldt you may be asking? Well, bike is an essential part of my life. I am an avid cyclist and have been for all of my life. Boldt is the vehicle that gets me to some of North America’s greatest bicycling destinations. To be more precise, it is a 2020 Winnebago Boldt 70KL. The 70KL indicates a specific configuration of the camper van’s interior, while the L in KL indicates that the camper van is lithium-battery equipped, meaning that I can live off the grid.

Bike & Boldt is designed to chronicle my adventures – and perhaps inspire you to follow in my, er, tire tracks. But Bike & Boldt is not just about my adventures. It’s also about your adventures, particularly if you are a Boldt, or Class B van, owner.

There’s also another we – and that is Tamera. She’s not quite as obsessed with biking as I am, but she does obsess about hiking. Her adventures have been pretty epic – and continue to be.

So along with Tamera and me, this is where our collective adventure begins. I hope you follow along – and I’d love to hear about your adventures. – Ralph Grizzle

Winnebago Boldt
Amelia Island and Little Talbot Island have some great cycling opportunities, from beach rides to forest rides to dedicated bikes roads. Pitch camp at Talbot Island State Park.

Take My Boldt Out For A Spin

2020 Boldt 70KL

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2020 Boldt 70KL Bike Nantahala National Forest USFS Campgrounds

Standing Indian Campground

Stayed at The Wells (AirBnB) in Highlands using my AirBnB Superhost credit, plus $60. The grounds experience was nice, with the fire, and the room was nice, but the highway was noisy.

We slept better in the Boldt the next night at Standing Indian Campground in Nantahala National Forest. We love it here, did a big bike ride yesterday, from around 3,000 feet above sea leave to more than 4,600 feet above at Mt. Albert fire tower.

While Tamera hiked, I pedaled from Albert Mountain down and then back up Pickens Nose (yep, it’s real), then down and down and down to 2,400 feet or so above sea level, a total descent of more than 2,200 feet. I turned around not having reached my destination because my calculations were that my battery would just get me back. Even with the eMTB, itwas a hard climb back up to 4.600+ feet, then a descent, then back up again to the next 4,600+ feet. I made it back to the van on my last bar of battery. It felt victorious. It was beautiful back at the van, a gorgeous setting to launch the drone and film the fire tower as the sun was setting.

Albert Mountain Fire Tower. © 2021 Ralph Grizzle

Back at Standing Indian Campground, site 58, where we camped, was fairly nice, but Loop 1 (site 1) looked even nicer.

For those looking to save even more on the camping experience, there is primitive RV camping, $6 a night ($3 with our pass) just up the road.

Primitive Camping for just $6 ($3 if you have the America The Beautiful senior pass) © 2021 Ralph Grizzle

On the way home, we hit up two of our favorites, Innovation Brewing Company and Pie Times Pizza Company.