Category Archive: Bike Touring

Bike ride benefits victims of Snohomish County landslide

Highway 530 covered by landslide (WSDOT photo)

Proceeds from the first-ever All-in Family Bike Ride presented by the Marysville YMCA on April 5 will benefit the Red Cross efforts to help the landslide ravaged community of  Oso in Snohomish County.

Rescuers are still searching the mile-square area between Arlington and Darrington along the Stillaquamish River for survivors or bodies. Authorities say 25 …

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A cross-country bicycle tour that’s for the birds

Dorian Anderson from http://bikingforbirds.blogspot.com/

Dorian Anderson, PhD, was riding his bicycle around Sawgrass Lake County Park near St. Petersburg the other day. He’s a long way from his latest home in Boston, and he’s enjoying the warm weather.

He’s not interested in getting a tan, though, and he’s not much interested in the road, either.

Anderson is keeping his …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/03/19/a-cross-country-bicycle-tour-thats-for-the-birds/

Bicycle routes and rides along the Historic Columbia River Highway

Bicyclists on Historic Columbia Gorge Highway

Beginning in 1922, one of the most scenic motor routes in the nation was the Columbia River Highway through the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon.

It fell into disuse with the construction of interstate highways, but cyclists are finding that the historic route with its overlooks high above the river, waterfalls and tunnels is even …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/03/06/bicycle-routes-and-rides-along-the-historic-columbia-river-highway/

Adventure Cycling creates new backcountry bike routes in Idaho

Redfish Lake and Sawtooth Range from singletrack. -- photo by Adventure Cycling

After creating more than 42,000 miles of bicycle routes on paved, gravel and dirt roads, Adventure Cycling Association is taking a foray onto backcountry single track.

It’s new Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route is a two-map set of the mountains, lakes and valleys of central Idaho.

The main 518-mile loop uses pavement, gravel roads, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/02/26/adventure-cycling-creates-new-backcountry-bike-routes-in-idaho/

Making the Natchez Trace Parkway safe for cyclists

Natchez Trace Parkway

The Natchez Trace Parkway between Nashville, Tennessee, and Tupelo, Mississippi, seems like a natural route for bicyclists traveling between the country music capital and the birthplace of Elvis.

Of course there are many other reasons to travel the  444-mile route across Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi. Among them is the fact that the parkway is designated …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/02/25/making-the-natchez-trace-parkway-safe-for-cyclists/

Washington state lists parks with bike/hike campsites

Carter Creek campsites in Iron Horse State Park

Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission launched its new “interactive” website last week at www.parks.wa.gov.

I immediately tested its “search” function for a topic near-and-dear to my heart — bike/hike campsites. Happily, I discovered that more than a dozen of Washington’s 100 state parks host campsites that are set aside for those who arrive under …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/02/19/washington-state-lists-parks-with-bikehike-campsites/

Biking Across Kansas 2014 — the long way

Route for 2014 Biking Across Kansas

Organizers announced the route for 2014 Biking Across Kansas on Wednesday, and it looks like they’ve squeezed every mile possible into the west-to-east across-state bike ride that’s celebrating its 40th anniversary.

The bike tour rolls out from Elkhart in southwestern Kansas on June 7 and heads in a northeast direction to a finish in White …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/01/29/biking-across-kansas-2014-the-long-way/

Before Pete Seeger had a hammer, he had a bicycle

Singer-songwriter-political activist Pete Seeger, known for penning such songs as “If I Had a Hammer,” died on Monday at age 94.

While I’ve enjoyed the message in his music over the years, what struck me this morning was the line in many obits that Seeger “dropped out of Harvard University in 1938 to ride a bicycle across …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/01/28/before-pete-seeger-had-a-hammer-he-had-a-bicycle/

2014 RAGBRAI route announcement — short and flat

The host cities for 2014 RAGBRAI

This summer’s edition of the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) promises to be the third shortest and second flattest in the mass event’s 42-year history.

Organizers announced the closely guarded secret of the host cities on Saturday night.

The ride starts for the first time in Rock Valley, in the west, and …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/01/25/2014-ragbrai-route-announcement-short-and-flat/

Touring bicyclists can pump up small-town Montana economies

Overnight stops for bike travelers

Those travelers who crisscross Montana by bicycle leave a lot of money behind as they go, spending on average between $75 to $102 a day.

That according to “Analysis of Touring Cyclists,” a study by the Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research at University of Montana in cooperation with the nonprofit Adventure Cycling Association, based …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/01/23/touring-bicyclists-pump-up-montanas-economy-study/

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