Entries for month: November 2011

To the Sugar Shack and Back: An Alberta Overnight

What had I been thinking? I sat in the ditch with my exhausted ten-year-old son, Max, chugging Gatorade and sucking on gel packs, our be-panniered bikes splayed on the grass beside us. We were attempting our first ever bike trip together, an overnight from our home in west Edmonton, Alberta, to a campground in the town of Devon, about 35 km (that’s about 20 miles) southwest of the city, on mostly country roads. Things went swimmingly for the first 20 km; sure, we took lots of breaks—for water, Clif bars, even to check out a playground we passed—but the pace was steady, respectable. I was sure we’d make it.

Photo of the Week 11.24.11

 

The Pinchot Sycamore, from Family Trip on the Farmington River Valley Trail, Connecticut, by Todd Copley

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Seeking Comfort from the Heat in Comfort, Texas

Drip. Drip. Drip. That’s the sound of the sweat that rapidly dripped off my forehead as I pedaled slowly up a hill on the access road of Interstate 10 at about 12:30 p.m. The temperature was over 100 degrees and marching swiftly toward a high of 106, marking one of the hottest days of the year, in the hottest August on record for the region. What a weekend for an overnight bicycle tour!

Photo of the Week 11.17.11

From Seattle to Port Townsend, by Martina Brimmer (posted on May 3, 2011)

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Biking Mountain Canyons in Northern Colorado

I’m trying to establish bicycling traditions. Every summer our family of four goes on a long multi-day (or multi-week) bicycle tour, a tradition that we hope to keep alive for many years. But sometimes one tradition is not enough. My son and I are working on new tradition, where at least once a year just the two of us go bike camping for a weekend. Daniel is six years old, and Labor Day weekend 2011 was our third such trip. To keep the rides simple, every trip has started and ended at our house in Fort Collins, Colorado, yet each trip feels unique. I keep them that way by planning new events or activities into the rides, and this past Labor Day weekend offered a great selection -- a bike parade, a mountain festival, a picnic, and crystal hunting were all on the menu.

Photo of the Week 11.10.11

From Kansas City S24O, by Bill Poindexter (posted on May 31, 2011)

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Santa Cruz to Monterey, California

This past Labor Day weekend marked my first bike tour. An amazing experience: Load your stuff on your bike and pedal away. The open road stretches in front of you as you pass by farmland, forests, towns, sand dunes, and ocean. About 90 miles on the Pacific Coast Bike Route over two days in central coastal California.