Welcome to Bikepacking Arkansas.
I’m Jason Alexander – a husband, father, and priest who loves to ride my bike, usually with a bunch of camping gear strapped to it. You might call me a bikepacker. I serve as the canon to the ordinary in the Episcopal Church in Arkansas, a unique role in the church, focusing primarily on clergy placement and congregational development. I also assist the bishop in the general oversight of the diocese. I’m on the road a lot, hopping from church to church, preaching, teaching, and troubleshooting. Whenever I can, I swap out my car for my bike and hit the trails.
Spending time outdoors has been a key part of my physical and spiritual life for as long as I can remember. I grew up camping with friends in the mountains and on the beaches in Juneau, Alaska, and when college, and later the church, took me to Arkansas I discovered the amazing Ouachita National Forest just few miles from my front door. Riding and bikepacking in the woods brings me joy, especially when I get to share the experience with others.
In the pages of Bikepacking Arkansas you’ll find my musings not only on the many excellent routes in the Natural State, but also on adventures beyond Arkansas. You’ll also find thoughts on gear, downloadable .gpx tracks, adventure stories from friends, and hopefully some inspiration for your own journey. Drop me a line.