Category: Bike Touring

Pierce County’s Foothills Trail open for bicycling from East Puyallup to Buckley

The long wait is over. Bicyclists can now take the paved Foothills Trail from the East Puyallup trailhead, through Orting and South Prairie, and into Buckley — a distance of 21 miles. (more)

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Complete solitude on Arctic bicycle journey

Traveling alone by bicycle is one thing. Bicycling alone through the frozen Canadian Arctic is something altogether different. UK-based filmmaker Ben Page found that out on his 3-year around the world bicycle journey. In the introduction to his 24-minute film of his Canadian adventure — “The Frozen Road” — Ben says that he sought to …

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Q&A: Bicycling the Pacific Coast – Deep forests, sunny beaches, and driving rain

Seattle bicycling writer Bill Thorness says riding a bicycle down the Pacific Coast is an epic adventure. I found that opinion hard to dispute after talking to him about his recent guidebook — “Cycling the Pacific Coast: The Complete Guide from Canada to Mexico.” Published by Mountaineers Books in partnership with the Adventure Cycling Association, …

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Plan now for Bike Travel Weekend in June

With half of the nation covered in snow in mid-February, perhaps this is a good time to start dreaming about warm weather pursuits, like an overnight bike ride this summer. The Adventure Cycling Association wants to inspire such a trip during Bike Travel Weekend on June 1-3. This is the third year that the nonprofit …

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RAGBRAI announces flat bike route for 2018

Do you like flat bike rides? Organizers announced the 2018 route for the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, and it’s the fourth flattest in RAGBRAI history. You might assume that any ride across Iowa would be flat. But the state’s rolling topography means that some of the past 400-plus-mile bike tours have rivaled …

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“Cycling the Pacific Coast” is definitive guidebook for West Coast adventure

If a bicycle tour of the Pacific Coast is in your sights, you should consider using “Cycling the Pacific Coast” by Bill Thorness. The book published by Mountaineers Books is nothing less than the definitive guidebook for those traveling the 2,000 miles from Vancouver, BC, to the Mexican border. Bill Thorness, a Seattle-based author and …

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Across-state and multi-day bike tours listed here

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve updated the state-by-state list of Across-State and Multi-Day bicycle tours. Some states have none, but most have multiple rides. I’d estimate there are more than 100 rides listed. By popular demand (a few requests over the years), I’ve also listed the rides in a calendar and agenda format. …

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Trump’s insensitive remarks during Navajo code-talker ceremony rekindles memory of kindness on bike tour

My friend Bruce and I met many remarkable, giving people when we rode our bicycles cross-country in 1984.

Among them were the Cookie Lady in Virginia and Lazy Louie in Missouri, both known for offering welcome support for exhausted traveling bicyclists.


Not so well-known is Roy Hawthorne, who lives in Window Rock, AZ, on the Navajo Reservation. We met Roy and his wife at a Fourth of July Navajo Rodeo in Gallup. They invited us to their home to spend the night the next day. That’s where we learned that Roy was a Navajo Code Talker who fought in WWII and the Korea, where he lost his leg.

(The Navajo Code Talkers was a Marine Corps cadre formed in WWII to use the Navajo language to communicate on the battlefield. The Japanese never figured out the “code”.)

With pleasant memories of the Hawthornes’ hospitality and Roy’s patriotism and sacrifice, I was happy to see President Trump honor them at the White House on Monday.

But that turned into shock when Trump used the occasion to make a racial slur to take a jab at an opponent, Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren….. MORE

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California wildfires spark bike ride cancellations; narrow escape by bike; Leipheimer house destroyed

Bike ride organizers in Northern California have postponed at least one event and changed the route of another as firefighters battle horrific wildfires in several counties. Not wanting to hamper efforts to control the wildland fires, organizers also realize that air quality in the region is not ideal for outdoor exercise. The 10th Annual Asti …

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Pacific NW wildfires impact scheduled bike rides

Week-long Cycle Oregon among cancellations Check in with the organizers of your weekend bike ride in Washington, Oregon, and California before you head out the door. Thousands of acres of forests and grasslands are burning in those states, forcing closure of some major annual bicycling events, such as Cycle Oregon. The smoky, ash-filled air, like …

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