Entries for month: December 2011

Travel Tip: Any bike's a touring bike

When I was twelve and growing up in Iowa, a friend and I were granted permission to ride our bikes out to a nearby state park where my family was camping for the weekend. The distance was only 7 or 8 miles, over low-traffic paved and gravel roads, so our parents weren’t too concerned about us riding in traffic.

An Easy Vermont S24O

My sister says I'm cheating. The friend I'll be meeting at the campground will be driving all my gear there. And I'm only riding halfway back before my son picks me up so I can make a 5:00 "meeting" of former coworkers at a local watering hole. But the point is, I'm riding my bike to a campground, sleeping in a tent overnight, and riding my bike at least partway home the next day, which to my mind is all I need to do to qualify for an S24O (Sub-24 Hour Overnight), my first.

Photo of the Week 12.9.11

The Henrys Fork, flowing through Harriman State Park, Idaho. From Relearning the Lesson: Two Day Trip on the Great Divide, by Michael McCoy (posted on March 24, 2011).

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How-to: Put together an overnight gear kit

Here's what I suggest to bring camping, along with roughly what it'll weigh and what it'll cost. This list is "mine" only because it's what I take. But it does work, and is a good starter.

Rock and Pillar Range, New Zealand

The main reason for my trip from Wellington to Central Otago in New Zealand's South Island was a 12-hour mountain bike race, where I could continue my love affair with endurance racing. However, the opportunity arose to spend a few days before the race riding with good friends Tim and Mike, taking an overnight trip up onto the Rock and Pillar Range, which was too good to pass up.

Photo of the Week 12.01.11

 

From Pink Primrose & Texas Heroes -- overnight bicycle tour to Seguin, Texas, by Justin Moore (posted on April 12, 2011)

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