Category: Bike Touring

U.S. Bike Route 10 extends into Idaho from Washington; more USBR routes approved

The U.S. Bicycle Network grew by 874 miles this month when a national highway organization approved routes in Idaho (66 miles), Utah (782 miles) and Minnesota (26 miles). In the Pacific Northwest, the addition of Idaho to U.S. Bike Route 10 extends the bicycle route from Anacortes, WA, on the Puget Sound to the Montana …

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John Wayne Pioneer Trail reopens for bicycling east of Ellensburg

It took a full-fledged military action, but a 22-mile stretch of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail reopened last weekend after being closed for at least 8 months. The section of trail (see map below), part of the longest rail-trail in the US, was closed in July after the Saddleback Mountain wildland fire swept through the …

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Suffering and sorrow on Heart Across America bike tour

When former Intel executive and recovered stroke victim Sean Maloney took off on a cross-country bicycle tour this spring, he had no way of realizing the hardships that would befall his tour. The 58-year-old launched the 5,000-mile Heart Across America bike tour to raise awareness about heart disease and stroke. He described the bike tour as the second …

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Tale of the tape: highlights from 14 bike rides in April

April is “30 days of biking month,” when participants take a bike ride everyday and then take a photo or write a short piece about their ride for social media. Well, for any number of reasons, I didn’t do that. I applaud all those who did. I just tallied my rides at BikeJournal.com for the …

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Bikecentennial celebrates 40 years in 2016

It’s surprising to me that we’re closing in on the 40-year anniversary of Bikecentennial — an event that has launched hundreds of thousands of bicyclists to ride across the US. The original Bikecentennial coincided with the nation’s Bicentennial in 1976. That first year, some 4,100 bicyclists took up the challenge to ride between Reedsport, Oregon, …

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Trailer for Trans Am Bike Race film — “Inspired to Ride”

You might remember that last summer some 45 bicyclists took off from Oregon for the first-ever self-contained cross-country bicycle race — The Trans Am Bike Race. No drafting. No sag wagons. No support teams.

Fortunately, a team of filmmakers followed some of them. Here’s a just-released trailer of their film, entitled “Inspired to Ride,” based on the race. …

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How to keep your bike gear dry during wet bike camping

There’s a discussion over at the Facebook page for Loaded Bicycle Touring, where a member asked about the “best ways to deal with nonstop rainy conditions while bike-camping”. I guess that’s a good way to pose the question, because there’s really no way to stay dry. You just have to deal with it. A few readers …

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Films promote Montana to bicycle travelers

As spring nears, it’s time to consider when and where you’ll set out for a bicycling adventure this summer. You might want to consider the mountains and valley of the Big Sky state. A series of films posted at the Epic Montana site on Youtube is promoting the many outdoor pursuits in the state. Among them …

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Snow-plowing on Bicycle Route 10 begins in Cascades

Washington state Department of Transportation crews announced they will begin plowing snow from US Bicycle Route 10 across the Cascade Range on Monday. It could be open in less than four weeks. Actually, the state announced it was preparing to begin snow-plowing operations on State Route 20, the scenic North Cascades Highway. But traveling bicyclists …

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Adventure Cycling publishes Route 66 bicycle maps

A whole new generation of travelers — this time on bicycles — will begin getting their kicks on Route 66 this spring and summer. The Adventure Cycling Association released this week its new 6-map set for the Route 66 Bicycle Route that it started working on in 2010. Just like the song says: “It winds from …

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