Entries Tagged as Routes & Rides

Labor Day Fun on the John Wayne Pioneer Trail, Part 1

For years, I’ve had the idea in my head that it would be fun to cycle the length of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail, 110 miles from North Bend to the mighty Columbia River. Any plans I might have had got temporarily quashed in 2009 when state parks closed the five tunnels on the trail because of falling debris hazards. Flash forward to July 2013 … and all the tunnels are open again! Some have been repaired. Others are enter at your own risk. 

Fairbanks to Chena Hot Springs, Alaska

Sometimes, it’s nice to bike with friends. Or, at least, a big, rolling group of friendly Alaskans. That’s what I figured, when I registered for the 2012 Chena Hot Springs Bicycle Classic from Fairbanks to Chena Hot Springs, a breezy 62 miles that I would traverse in reverse on the following day.

The Salsa Crew in Teton Valley, Idaho

Check out this fab, four-and-a-half-minute video produced by Salsa Cycles. It was shot along the west slope of the Teton Range in Idaho.

Finding God(s) on a Tri-Valley Tour: A co-narration

Tony: My toes were cold. The alarm rang again. “Too cold,” I thought as I emerged from my protective cocoon, sprinting to ward off the certain hypothermia of a too-long bathroom visit.

Justin: My roommate Tony and I were about to leave on what we had dubbed the “Tour de Gallatin,” a 103-mile overnight bike tour of southwest Montana’s Gallatin, Jefferson, and Madison river valleys. We named it the Tour de Gallatin because we did not realize beforehand that the route ever left the Gallatin Valley.

Row River Trail, Oregon, July 2010

I had so much fun on my first bike tour with Karen a few weeks ago that I decided to fit in a mini-tour en route to visiting my family up in Portland. So, here are some photos I took along the Row River Trail on my overnight camping excursion.

An Island Getaway in Southern Delaware

One of my favorite destinations is Trap Pond State Park in southern Delaware. The pond was dammed in the late 18th century to power a saw mill. In the 1930s the area was developed for recreation by the Civilian Conservation Corps and it has been a Delaware State Park since 1951.

A Family Ride on the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes

Over the past several years our family has become a biking family. This started with my wife Martha and me mountain and road biking in our younger years. Then I started bike commuting, which somehow lead to cyclo-cross racing. My daughter Hayden, now 13, then joined me in that, which led to her joining a junior cycling team. All along my son Connor, 11, has liked mountain biking and occasionally does some races. This biking culture of ours continued to build momentum to the point where I thought everyone was ready for a self-supported tour.