As more people use their bicycles for commuting, errand-running and recreation, we can only expect more cyclists to use their bicycles for overnight touring.
Otherwise, there’s a complete dearth of bicycle overnight touring guides for the state written in this millennium.
Portland author and bicyclist Ellee Thalheimer wants to rectify that.
Thalheimer and a small posse of bike explorers are taking to the back roads of Washington state this summer to create a guide book with 9 or 10 multi-day tours to be available in time for next year’s bike touring season.
The book will be named “Cycling Sojourner: A Guide to the Best Multi-Day Tours in Washington” and will be published by Thalheimer’s Into Action Publications. She’s hoping it follows the similar success of two earlier guide books: “Cycling Sojourner: A Guide to the Best Multi-Day Tours in Oregon” and “Hop in the Saddle: A Guide to Portland’s Craft Beer Scene, by Bike.”
Joining Thalheimer in this endeavor are four other bicyclists/authors: Katherine Widing (“Bicycle Touring Holland,” among others), Josh Cohen of The Bicycle Story blog, Martina Brimmer (founder and owner of pannier-maker Swift Industries) and Steve Krippner, who researched the John Wayne Pioneer Trail for his master’s thesis.
To get the book rolling, Thalheimer launched a “Cycling Sojourner: Washington” Kickstarter campaign to raise money for printing and other essentials. Only 20 days remain to raise the needed $10,000. Last I checked, 144 backers had pledged $6,923 toward that goal.
Backers can score everything from autographed copies of the book to the opportunity of joining Thalheimer on a bicycling sojourn of Washington’s wine country.
The Bicycle Alliance of Washington is leading the fund-raising effort for the book. BAW will receive royalties from book sales to continue its policy work to encourage passage of bike-friendly laws.
The Cycling Sojourner website has info about the Oregon and Washington guidebooks.