A couple of long-distance bike travelers have checked in seeking advice on bike routes for their travels this year.
Can you help?
The first is Mitchell Morrison, who is looking for a route from Portland, Oregon, to Spokane, Washington, on the opening leg of his cross-country trek this spring. His eventual destination is his home in Sparta, NJ. He plans to leave in early April and arrive home in mid to late May.
“Do you have any guidance re: a safe and scenic bicycle route from Portland to Spokane? I am riding by myself approx 70-90 miles and camping/hoteling along the way. I love relatively quiet roads with shoulders.”
As you can see from his photo taken in 1980, Mitch has experience with bike travel. He’s made 6 cross-country trips in all.
I suggested a direct route along the south bank of the Columbia River to Kennewick and then heading northeast to Spokane. Here’s a Google Maps link. An alternative would be to follow the reverse Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic Route to Seattle, and then follow the old John Wayne Pioneer Trail (now the Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail) heading east, where he’d follow this route (Google Maps) to Spokane from Vantage. The problem with that alternative is that it is a couple of hundred miles longer.
If you have a suggestion for Mitch, you can contact him by leaving a message here or sending an email to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another cyclist seeking some route information is Joe, who left a comment on the blog a few days ago.
Trying to bike from Gooding idaho to Cambridge Wisconsin . What in the world is the best route? Can you help a fella out?
Here’s a Google Maps suggestion, but I have no idea if the route is any good or not. If you have some experience on a bike route through this region, you can share it on his comment, which can be found here: http://www.bikingbis.com/2008/10/29/draft-for-u-s-bike-route-system/#comment-1785290.