Entries for month: September 2012

Photo of the Week 09.28.12

From Alaska: Bears and Bikes and the Midnight Sun, by Kate Batten.

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A (Wet) Commuter's First Bike Overnight

I had hoped that a nice, sunny day and cool spring temperatures would combine to help make my first-ever bike overnight memorable. And, while my companions and I did get a remarkable trip up the C&O Canal Towpath from Washington, D.C., the weather we wanted wasn't what we got. It started raining the moment we left our starting point, the downtown D.C. building where I work. It rained as we cycled through trendy Georgetown, where we got a little lost and I almost got mowed down by a big delivery truck in rush hour traffic. And, it rained long past the time when we shivered ourselves to sleep.

Photo of the Week 09.21.12

From Falling in Love on Skalkaho Pass, Montana, by Sarah Raz. Posting March 1, 2011, this was among our first Bike Overnights.

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Adventure Down Under, In My Own Backyard

Despite joyfully immersing ourselves in the local wines of South Australia's Clare Valley, especially the Watervale Rieslings, the iconic Barossa Valley is within a day’s ride of our home, perfect for a little local cycling adventure. So, despite the less than reassuring weather forecast for the weekend (showers, wind, and possible hail), the Swiss Mountain Goat and I brave the chill to explore our backyard by bike.

Photo of the Week 09.14.12

From Atlanta to Stone Mountain Park, by Byron Rushing.

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Our First Ever Family Weekend of Wonderfulness

On this, our first ever Weekend of Wonderfulness, we rode up to Beal's Point on Folsom Lake, about 30 miles from Sacramento. It was the first time bike camping with our little ones. Amazing! It's great to know that there are adventures so close to home. Really, picture a nearby campground. You probably wouldn't ever think to camp there as, let's face it, your own bed is much more comfortable. However, getting there by bike with all your gear strapped to the back -- that's wonderfully worthwhile.

Photo of the Week 09.07.12

From Hawaii 2x10: Bike Camping in Paradise, by Maria Stewart.

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