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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  5. “Wording error” saved John Wayne Pioneer Trail from private takeover — 12 comments

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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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Washington state announces reopening of some trails beginning Tuesday

Bicyclists will begin crunching the gravel again on some state park trails in Washington beginning next Tuesday after the state announced on Saturday a list of parks that will reopen..

(King County trails reopen on Friday, May 8.)

This trestle on Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail may soon begin to see bicycle traffic again …

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Washington state announces list of trails reopening Tuesday

Bicyclists can begin crunching the gravel again on some state park trails in Washington beginning next Tuesday after the state announced on Saturday its list of parks that will reopen.

This trestle on Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail may soon begin to see bicycle traffic again

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced some — but …

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RAGBRAI cancelled for 2020; just one of many week-long bike rides falling by the wayside

RAGBRAI — the Iowa-based grand-daddy of all week-long bicycle rides — will skip the 2020 edition because of dangers posed by the coronavirus.

The 48th Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa has been cancelled for the first time since it started in 1973. The ride has been rescheduled for July 25-31, 2021, according to …

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Colbert shares his efforts to change a bike innertube

There are right ways and wrong ways to fix a flat. I cringed a little bit watching Late Night Talk Show host Stephen Colbert take a screwdriver to his rear wheel, but that is one way to get the tire off the rim.

Bicycling across country nearly 40 years ago, my friend and I got …

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WA governor says bicycling, bike shops OK during COVID-19 shutdown

It’s getting more difficult to keep track of what’s open and what’s closed in response to COVID-19 in Washington state, where a “Stay at Home” order has gone into effect.

Here’s the scorecard:

Bicycling is allowed (just maintain 6 feet social distance). Gov. Jay Inslee, himself a roadie, said in this week’s announcement that …

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Bicycling event calendars wiped clean by COVID-19 pandemic this spring

Here we are halfway through March, and the spring bicycling season has been wiped clean. Most organized rides in March and April have been postponed and many have been cancelled until next year.

The camaraderie offered at sag stops on big bike rides now presents an unnecessary health risk during the COVID-19 crisis.

That doesn’t …

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