When the good people at Swift Industries invited us to be their media partner for Swift Campout in 2016, we were more than happy to oblige. Swift Campout is an annual bike-packing event that brings a community of bikers together over social media. It can be found with the hashtag #swiftcampout. Participants can register a new Swift Campout spot on their website or sign up with an existing Swift Campout spot near them. For us here at Far Ride, researching routes means looking for regions with breathtaking views and chances to ride exciting terrain. When bike packing, however, we focus on being with good friends and riding without knowing what lies ahead. Whatever your bike packing style is, Swift Campout offers you the freedom to go on the route of your choice.
The Swift Campout took place from June 25th to 26th across the globe. In Korea, Far Ride editor KD and his friends, classic touring bike riders, took a journey into Untangodo. Untangodo is a winding trail along the ridges of high mountains in the Gangwon Province which was once used as a path for carrying coal during the 70s and 80s.
In Japan, I (editor-in-chief here at Far Ride) joined the Swift Campout put together by the Japanese bike shop BlueLug. We explored the coastal range of Fukushima and the surrounding mountains.
Much to our surprise, KD and I found that the photos from our respective journeys had such striking similarities, it was almost difficult to tell them apart. We decided to put the pictures together without any titles or captions that distinguish them from one another to give a sense of biking solidarity even worlds apart.
We’ll let the photos speak for themselves.