Entries for month: February 2012

Go Far and Go Anywhere on the Fargo

My plans for last summer were to bicycle the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route (GDMBR) from Bannack, Montana, to Steamboat Springs, Colorado. While I did manage to ride from Bannack to Steamboat, a fair amount of the trip ended up taking place on the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail instead, a result last year’s monster snowpack in the western Wyoming mountains. In other words, it was a hybrid ride composed partly of dirt/gravel and partly of pavement. As it turned out, it was an ideal route for testing out the bicycle I was aboard.

Hood Canal Loop: A Teen's First Tour

This is a really nice loop from Seattle that we did in August 2010. I broke it into two pieces for my 16-year-old daughter's first taste of touring. The route is about 145 miles. We rode downtown from the Gas Works Park area, ferried to Bainbridge Island, went north around the Hood Canal, down U.S. 101, and back up to Bremerton before ferrying back to Seattle. I'll leave the rest of the write-up to her; she did a nice account for a school project and has a route map, packing list, and description of each day. I've done a cross-country and a few other tours ranging from two nights to two weeks. I discovered the S24O concept, and loosely interpreting the concept I love the permission it gives you to just do something without being hung up on The Big Tour. I was SUPER psyched to turn my daughter on to touring. (Subsequent to this ride, Alex and I rode from Seattle to Missoula in 2011.)

Photo of the Week 02.24.12

From Biking Mountain Canyons in Northern Colorado, by Michael McGrath

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North of the Border: Cycling with Sasquatch

My husband and I have dipped our toes into cycle touring several times over the past eight years. With the exception of two trips, someone else has always carried our gear, leaving us free to ride unencumbered through beautiful landscapes. Recently, we decided to add the element of Willie-Weir-inspired adventure that comes only when you’re self-sufficient. Our destination: Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia. Our modus operandi: carry what we would need to camp overnight, worry about where we would sleep when we got there, and enjoy the ride.

Photo of the Week 02.17.12

   From Pink Primrose & Texas Heroes (Overnight Tour to Seguin, Texas), by Justin Moore

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Confessions of a Problem Packer: Hot Time in the Central Valley

I purchased a new Raleigh Sojourn touring bike last June and this was the second overnight trip taken with it. I rode from Sacramento State University to Lake Solano County Park and back on August 10 and 11, 2011.

Photo of the Week 02.10.12

From Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo to Paso Robles, by Russ Roca.

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