“… We had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way.” Truly earning his epithet of Slow David, we finally hear back from him and get to learn about the directions of David Giacomelli’s nomadic, dirtbag lifestyle. A quick recap: We first met the Davids at Dirtbag Camp in Reyes Creek and they quickly termed themselves “Fast David” and “Slow David”. This nickname was reiterated when they won the scavenger hunt as a team- with Fast David electing to run the course and score the majority of points and Slow David staying at camp and electing to participate in impromptu beer miles (yes, plural). Both Davids are very strong runners and share a love of photography and the outdoors. A few weeks ago, we caught up with Fast David. In this post, Slow David takes us on a journey of his explorations, most of them with his life-partner/better-half/dog Harley in tow.
Where do you call home and how long have you been on the road? What made you want to live this lifestyle in the first place?
When we met at the DBR campout, I was on the first leg of a 2+ month solo trip through Oregon, California, and Baja Mexico but now I’m living in the greater San Jose area. The traffic can be a pretty brutal but it’s a great home base for weekend trips east to the Sierras or west to the ocean!
I just got kind of burned out on my job. I wasn’t enjoying what I was doing, I lost all motivation, and I really wasn’t sure what I wanted to do next. So I gave my two weeks notice, packed up the truck, and hit the road with this vague goal of driving down the Baja and learning all the secrets of life!
What is your favorite trail?
Most of my runs are solo, on singletrack, and just around sunrise. I love that morning glow that perfectly illuminates the woods around you, I love the solitude, I love that I don’t have to have my dog Harley on a leash, and I love how much easier it is to PR when it’s not hot as balls out.
With all of that being said, my favorite trail possesses none of those great qualities and is, in fact, the polar opposite. Mission Peak is consistently around a hundred degrees, the upper portion of the trail is jagged and loose, and it’s ALWAYS crowded. But the throngs of people walking around with boomboxes and sun umbrellas and knee high gaiters and hiking poles makes for some truly hilarious people watching. Plus you get a great suffer score on Strava! Does Strava go against what Dirtbagging stands for!?
What is your favorite food to eat while on the trail? What is your favorite after run beer?
I can’t claim this as my own invention but my go-to run snack is a tortilla smothered in Nutella and/or Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter. I chose this because it’s low calorie, high protein, vegan friendly, paleo approved, hits all the major food groups, is free range, humanely terminated, and possesses a crap load of antioxidants and superfoods… actually, I just saw Anton Krupicka making one in a Youtube video and I figured if he eats them, then they must be good! Favorite post race beer? Jack Daniels.
What are you traveling in?
I’m currently in a white F-150 with a small camper shell. It’s a pretty bare bones setup but it gets me where I need to go and functions as a daily driver. People don’t recognize it as a camper so I can get away with some urban camping if necessary. It’s also great for transporting wet/gassy/muddy/annoying dogs/girlfriends around.
What other activities do you enjoy?
Surfing and photography (Instagram plug) are my other two main hobbies but after dislocating my shoulder twice this spring, I’ve mainly been focused on running….running and perfecting that Nutella-to-Cookie Butter ratio.
What do you do to pass time while traveling?
I don’t! I try my best not to distract myself and instead enjoy the slower moments life. It’s definitely a work in progress though as I’m a little hyperactive by nature and find it super challenging to just relax.
What is the craziest story from your road trip?
Other than having to pull my gun out when a bunch of Russians started smashing bottles next to my truck at 3am? I’d say the craziest experience was when I was when I posted up next to the Sea of Cortez for a couple of nights and parked so close that the waves we lapping against my tires. In the middle of the night Harley started growling at something outside. When I sat up and turned on my light I saw that there were a bunch of stingrays mating in the shallows just a few feet from my truck. I ended up putting in some earplugs because I kind of felt like I was intruding, you know?
Are you single? Send us your abs. Or your short shorts.
Are these for your personal use or is this part of the interview? Did Fast Dave submit any? I guess ya’ll will have to come to the next DBR meetup and partake in the Beer Mile
Right now, I’m back to this whole weekend warrior thing while I save some money. After that, I want to take a year to hit up the Alaska, the Canadian Rockies, and then start adventuring further into South America! Anyone have a van they want to sell?
To keep up with Slow Dave, you can follow him at https://www.instagram.com/flannelforbreakfast/.
To keep up with Harley, you can follow her at https://www.instagram.com/harleyraejepsen/.