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Happy 100th to the Snoqualmie Tunnel

Snoqualmie Tunnel 1912 - 1914

When I went overnight bike-camping on the John Wayne Pioneer Trail last week, I paid particular attention to the inscription above the west portal of the 2.3-mile long Snoqualmie Tunnel.

“Snoqualmie Tunnel — 1912 – 1914″

Looks like there’s a centennial anniversary coming up.

The unlit tunnel is at the high point of the rail-trail that runs …

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1984 Bicycle Tour: Day 65 – We find an oasis in the desert


YUMA, ARIZONA — There are days on this cross-country trip that I anticipated from the first time I spread out the maps on the table in my apartment in Annapolis.

One was the climb up to the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia; another was going up and over Monarch Pass in Colorado. Today was another — 80 miles across the desert of southwestern Arizona where nothing was marked on the map except a thin line for Hwy. 95. …

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Colorful mural replaces drab walls of bike trail tunnel

BGTunnel2

Art is in the eyes of the bicyclists as they pass a brightly painted mural taking shape inside the Burke-Gilman Trail tunnel in Bothell, WA.

I pedaled up there on Tuesday and saw a dozen  volunteers enjoying their task of filling in the lines drawn by local artist Kristen Ramirez.

It looks like they’re just about done with the project …

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1984 Bike Tour: Day 64 – I can feel the heat on my eyelids


Looks like most of the residents of Hope, Arizona,
have given up all hope…

I awoke about sunup this morning and … no Bruce.

It had been so hot and dry, we didn't see the need to pitch the tent last night. We threw the tarp down and just slept on that, until, at some point in the night, I realized all kinds of insects were walking around on me. I took my mat and put it on a picnic table and went back to sleep. Jim had already booked the other table.

 Bruce woke up later, about 2 a.m., for the same reason I had, discovered the picnic tables already taken, and took off for a ride. He ended up at an all-night cafe where a group of 20 Native American runners showed up. …

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1984 Bike Tour: Day 63 – The toad in the desert puddle in Aguila

AGUILA, ARIZONA — We're camping at the City Park here tonight. We've left all the cool, shady mountains behind us, and we're out where it's dry, sunny and hot. The park doesn't have much; just a picnic shelter and a small building for restrooms.
At the back of his building is a water spigot that drips. In the puddle underneath there sits a toad. I noticed him …

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RAGBRAI — where Armstrong is still welcome

In 2011, Armstrong poses with Livestrong Army at RAGBRAI

Disgraced pro cyclist Lance Armstrong is returning to the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) next Sunday when more than 20,000 cyclists pull out of Rock Valley for the cross-state ride.

It’s one of the few places he’s felt comfortable after authorities stripped him of 7 Tour de France titles for doping.

This will …

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1984 Bike Tour: Day 62 – Ghostly visions pedaling uphill

PRESCOTT, Ariz. — We spent much of today in the small gears, the stump-pullers, the grannies.

We started our climb almost immediately after leaving Dead Horse campground. Jim had already left — we told him we always got a late start — and we gingerly picked our way across that slippery low-water bridge.

The old ghost town of Jerome was only about 4 miles away, but 2,000 feet above us. From the brush along Route 89, we could see the town sitting on the edge of a mountain, with a big white letter “J” adorning a slope above it

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Bike Tour 1984: Day 61 – We find a leech after crossing Verde River

Cottonwood, Ariz. — We've liked everyone who has crossed our path as we cycle cross-country. Today is the exception. The scenery here has been beautiful, though, and the terrain has been in our favor.

We faced a major chore breaking camp at the Motel 6 — our laundering and bike cleaning resulted in our crap strewn from one of the room to the other.

It was sprinkling when we left (isn't this Arizona, why so wet?) and we headed south on Route 89A….

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Hot cycling weather arrives just in time for the STP

Water stops every 10 to 20 miles

 

Did you want hot and dry weather for cycling?

It’s here now, as 10,000 cyclists prepare for this weekend’s 200-mile Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic. It will be as close to cycling through a furnace as you can get on this side of the Cascades.

Temperatures should be in the uppers 60s when waves of …

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1984 Bike Tour: Day 60 — Marking time in Flagstaff

FLAGSTAFF — We stayed here in Flagstaff another day to parcel out our time. We want to meet up with our friends from the UK in a couple of days further down the road.

It's hard to do nothing. We cleaned our bikes, did laundry, sat out by the pool, drank a couple of beers and it started raining. Back inside, the housekeeper slipped us a key to operate the TV — this was a Motel 6 and we hadn't paid the extra few bucks for the feature. …

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