Tag: bike tour

1984 Tour: Day 7 – Climb a mountain, meet the Cookie Lady

This is by far the most difficult day of the trip. We rode through rolling farmland, struggled up switchbacks to the Cookie Lady's Bike House, then discovered the Blue Ridge Parkway is not level.

This is the part of the trip we should have been training for all spring, but I don't think even that would have prepared us for this.

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We enjoyed meeting the Cookie Lady, who shared some time with us. [We had no way of knowing that her helpfulness to bicycling passersby would later result in the Adventure Cycling Association's Trail Angel Award being named in her honor.] Later, however, we became distressed to learn that we had more climbing and farther to ride to reach our campground…

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1984 Bike Tour: Day 6 – Rest day and mailing gear back home; 1984’s Top 40

Six days into our TransAmerica bike tour, and we're already taking our first day off. The first five days have been a shakedown cruise — the last days of training and the first of our trip. I feel that our journey begins in earnest tomorrow.

After lolling around our hostess' apartment for a while, we boxed up some clothes to send back home. I sent back an extra sweater and other clothes that only filled space and added weight to my panniers.

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Why did I pack so much crap? Maybe I can cheat gravity a little a we head into the Appalachians…

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Sub-freezing weather doesn’t derail promotional bike tour to CES

The year’s first publicity stunt using a bicycle is currently underway. A long-distance cyclist is burning rubber across the US  to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to promote an electric-assist bicycle wheel that is controlled by Google Assistant. You can follow at RidetoCES.com. Completing the 2,826-mile ride from New York City in 10 …

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‘Breaking Away’ star will appear at vintage bicycle show and ride

Actor Dennis Christopher is returning to his role as a bicyclist to participate in the Eroica California vintage bike show and ride in April. Christopher, 57, played a young cyclist in the 1979 coming-of-age movie “Breaking Away”, in which he and a group of friends figure out their roles in life after high school. Known …

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RAGBRAI bike route across Iowa announced for 2016

If you’re considering to ride in the grand-daddy of all across-state bicycle tours — RAGBRAI — this summer, organizers announced this year’s route at the annual gala on Saturday night. The Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa is July 23 to July 30, so don’t worry, all the corn pone from this year’s primary …

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Santa Rosa to Seattle by bike in 1909

Seattle has been a destination for the long-distance bicyclists for a long time — 106 years to be exact. That’s how long it has been since Vic McDaniel and Ray Francisco mounted their second-hand bicycles in Santa Rosa, CA, and rode north to the 1909 Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition in Seattle. There was no Northern …

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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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A new multi-day bike tour guide for Washington state

It’s a simple fact that Washington state is best seen from a bicycle saddle. You don’t have to take my word for it, though. Bike travel guide author Ellee Thalheimer and her team of intrepid bicycling explorers have proved it in a guidebook that’s available now, “Cycling Sojourner – A Guide to the Best Multi-Day Tours in Washington.” …

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Canadian Olympic cyclist brings mental illness message by bicycle

A Canadian Olympic medalist is carrying her message to end the stigma of mental illness by travelling across Canada by bicycle. Six-time Olympic cycling and speed-skating medalist Clara Hughes set out on Clara’s Big Bike Ride from Toronto on March 14 to visit every province and territory in Canada. She’ll be visiting towns throughout British Columbia for the next couple …

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Raising funds to repair memorial to fallen cyclists in Florida

In December 1996, the driver of a pickup truck crashed into a group of cyclists on a bike trip from Gainesville to St. Augustine. Two cyclists were killed — safe cycling advocates Margaret Raynal and Doug Hill — and four others injured. Cycling activists say the tragic crash was a seminal event for bicycle advocacy in …

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