Administrator and author of Biking Bis. Currently live in the Seattle area; previously Texas, California, Maryland, Georgia and Ohio. Own a Lemond road bike for light riding and Rockhopper for poor weather riding and touring.

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Eastrail closures summer and fall 2020; detour available

Sign warns of trail closure

This is certainly a sign of things to come that no one wants to see — the closure of a useful rail-trail for 6 months.

It popped up in Bellevue recently along the Eastrail, that 2-year-old gravel rail-trail that runs alongside Lake Washington from Newcastle Beach Park in southern …

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11 seconds on the Cedar River Trail

I got a chance to take my bicycle for a spin on the Cedar River Trail from Renton through Maple Valley and, as always, was moved by this view. Thought I’d share it:

Definitely better than a day at the office.

The Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad built several trestles across the …

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Railroad spikes repurposed as art

Have you ever been riding along a rail-trail on your bicycle and spied a rusty railroad spike left over from the old railroad days?

I have. Sometimes I’ll carry it home and add it to my collection from local trails: three different locations along the Palouse to Cascades trail, Snoqualmie Valley trail, Willapa Hills trail, …

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Cedar Falls Trailhead reopens on Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail

The state parks department has reopened the westernmost trailhead on the Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail. The Cedar Falls Trailhead, located in the vicinity of Rattlesnake Lake near North Bend, had been closed since March to promote social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.

Mileage sign at Cedar Falls Trailhead before the park name change. …

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Business is booming for many bicycle shops during coronavirus lockdown

Are you thinking of getting your bike tuned up for the summer season?

Well, get in line. The community bicycle shop is one business that’s been booming during the Covid-19 pandemic, not the best thing for those who suddenly want to buy a new bike or get an old one repaired.

The scene outside Gregg’s …

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Heroes rising and fallen: Teen girl bicycles across India on epic rescue, Armstrong back on TV

Lance Armstrong returns to TV on Sunday night as an ESPN documentary chronicles the pro cyclist’s fall from highly praised 7-time Tour de France winner to disgraced blood doper.

Screen grab from trailer for “Lance”

Don’t know if I’ll watch this, as everything about the Texan’s career is a disappointment. I was thrilled by his …

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Snoqualmie Tunnel on cross-state bicycle trail reopens

The Washington State Parks announced late Friday that it had reopened the Snoqualmie Tunnel on the Palouse to Casades State Park Trail, about 3 weeks later than normal.

Entering west portal of Snoqualmie Tunnel

The 2.1-mile-long tunnel is one of the highlights of the cross-state rail trail that used to be named the John Wayne …

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Day 1: Dude — Where’s my campground?

Sunday, May 13, 1984

Yorktown to Charles City, Va. 40 miles

Note: I’m republishing my journal from a transcontinental bicycle tour my friend Bruce and I took back in 1984. This tells what bike travel was like 36 years ago. No smart phones, no Garmins, no kevlar tires, no wifi. It took 10 weeks, …

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The rig I rode in 1984

Cross country touring bike 1984; photo by Bruce Friedland

The bike was a Fuji Dynamic 10, which I’d had since about 1977. The year I bought it, Consumer Reports had named it the bike of the year.

As reflected in the name, it was a 10 speed. I upgraded by adding a third chain …

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Regional and backcountry trails in King County reopen on Friday

County wants users to “Keep Moving”

More than 175 miles of regional trails and 215 miles of backcountry trails – many used by bicycle riders – will reopen in the Seattle area on Friday as King County announced Tuesday that parks will reopen that day.

The proclamation follows the limited reopening of Washington state managed …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2020/05/06/regional-and-backcountry-trails-in-king-county-reopen-on-friday/