John Aeby's column in the Register Guard (Eugene, Oregon) nails the reason behind taking weeklong bicycle rides:
“I still think it's hard to beat a weeklong bicycle tour for disconnecting yourself from your workaday life and experiencing the simplicity, joy and challenge of riding a route that may approach 500 miles.”
I couldn't agree more. There's so much to think about — the scenery, the bike, will the tent hold up in the rain — that I quickly forget my mundane workaday life.
I've been amassing a list of weeklong state bicycle rides for 2005. So far I've tallied 52 rides in 35 states, from the venerable RAGBRAI in Iowa to the new kid on the block, LAGBRAU, in Utah's picturesque redrock country. Recently I've added California, Idaho, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming.
Check the list at left under “Bikin' Bis Web Pages” or click here. I'll be adding more in coming days, but email me if you know about one that I've missed.