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Posted on 11 November 2015
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The Great American Roadtrip: Inspire by Campfire

Inspire by Campfire

"It is an incalculable added pleasure to anyone's sum of happiness if he or she grows to know, even slightly and imperfectly, how to read and enjoy the wonder-book of nature."

Often considered the "conservationist president," U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt understood the immeasurable value of preserving and maintaining the vast American wilderness long before the National Park Service was signed into existence on August 25, 1916. The establishment of the National Park Service cleared the way for the protection of some of the country's wildest and most spectacular natural wonders, giving official designation to Roosevelt's vision.

On the 99th anniversary of the creation of the National Park Service, friends Tom and Bryce of Inspire By Campfire set off in their trailer with their Bromptons in tow. Their mission? To visit every national park in the country, finishing with the centennial celebration of the National Park Service one year later. 

On the road for almost three months now, Tom and Bryce have visited nearly 20 National Parks and protected areas, chronicling their journey and commitment to educational engagement along the way via social media, their website, and a regular podcast. Their non-profit organization Inspire By Campfire seeks to create pathways to connect as many people as possible to the value of spending time outdoors, and their Bromptons are helping them do just that.

"Everywhere we've used our Bromptons - towns, cities, trails, parks, national parks - they've attracted attention," said Tom. In Yellowstone, he said, they attracted the attention of a family with four children. "The kids loved the bikes, which in turn attracted a crowd of 30+ others. The unfolding and convenience of the Bromptons blew everyone's minds."

"We ride everywhere. We've spoken in detail to hundreds of people about the bikes, and they love it," said Bryce. "They've allowed us to experience the national parks in a way that we can't in our trailer alone."

To follow along with their journey over the next year, visit Inspire By Campfire's website, subscribe to their podcast, and follow along on Instagram and Twitter