My friend Bruce and I met many remarkable, giving people when we rode our bicycles cross-country in 1984.
Among them were the Cookie Lady in Virginia and Lazy Louie in Missouri, both known for offering welcome support for exhausted traveling bicyclists.
Not so well-known is Roy Hawthorne, who lives in Window Rock, AZ, on the Navajo Reservation. We met Roy and his wife at a Fourth of July Navajo Rodeo in Gallup. They invited us to their home to spend the night the next day. That’s where we learned that Roy was a Navajo Code Talker who fought in WWII and the Korea, where he lost his leg.
(The Navajo Code Talkers was a Marine Corps cadre formed in WWII to use the Navajo language to communicate on the battlefield. The Japanese never figured out the “code”.)
With pleasant memories of the Hawthornes’ hospitality and Roy’s patriotism and sacrifice, I was happy to see President Trump honor them at the White House on Monday.
But that turned into shock when Trump used the occasion to make a racial slur to take a jab at an opponent, Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren….. MORE
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A woman who demonstrated her displeasure with President Trump’s policies by flipping the bird at his motorcade last week was sacked by her employer, a government contractor.
Juli Briskman, a 50-year-old mother of two, told the Huffington Post that she was fired by Akima LLC after her boss told her that she had violated company …
Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2017/11/06/middle-finger-salute-to-trump-costs-bicyclist-her-job/
A New York City bike path used by bicyclists and pedestrians alike became the scene of a horrific attack Tuesday, leaving at least 8 dead.
A man reportedly drove a rented flatbed truck for nearly a mile along the West Side Highway bike path on Monday afternoon. After the truck rammed a school bus, the …
Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2017/10/31/nyc-bike-path-becomes-scene-of-terror/
The bands of winter rains lately dubbed The Big Dark by local media seemed to vanish early this week in the Pacific Northwest, so I made a bee-line to the Snoqualmie Valley Trail east of Seattle.
The section between Carnation (named for its contented dairy herds) and Duvall drew my attention because it gets a …
Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2017/10/25/bike-ride-to-fall-color-on-snoqualmie-valley-trail/
Bike ride organizers in Northern California have postponed at least one event and changed the route of another as firefighters battle horrific wildfires in several counties.
Not wanting to hamper efforts to control the wildland fires, organizers also realize that air quality in the region is not ideal for outdoor exercise.
The 10th Annual …
Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2017/10/12/california-wildfires-spark-bike-ride-cancellations-route-changes/
A man who swerved into a group of bicyclists on a charity bike ride in Marin County this weekend and fled found himself in police custody less than 12 hours later.
Four cyclists participating in the Jensie Gran Fondo charity ride were struck by the man when he swerved into the group; 1 was airlifted to …
Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2017/10/09/hit-and-run-driver-who-swerved-into-charity-cyclists-arrested-in-california/
Every fall, salmon return to their native Puget Sound rivers and streams to spawn. Two excellent vantage points for the spectacle are the Cedar River Trail in King County and the Foothills Trail in Pierce County.
I happened to visit both these trails this past week to enjoy our sunny autumn weather. Once we had …
Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2017/10/06/rail-trails-offer-good-views-of-salmon-runs/
A part that fails in 1 out of 5,000 bikes prompted the British bike maker Brompton Bicycle Ltd. to recall all of its bicycles – some 144,000 – made between April 2014 and May 2017.
Bromptons are popular folding bicycles that are used in cities around the world. The folding design and 16-inch wheels enables …
Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2017/09/29/big-recall-for-brompton-bikes-144000-folding-bikes/
Week-long Cycle Oregon among cancellations
Check in with the organizers of your weekend bike ride in Washington, Oregon, and California before you head out the door.
Thousands of acres of forests and grasslands are burning in those states, forcing closure of some major annual bicycling events, such as Cycle Oregon.
The smoky, ash-filled air, like …
Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2017/09/07/pacific-nw-wildfires-impact-scheduled-bike-rides/
One of the common worries of bicycle travel involves pulling into a state campground late in the day and finding out that all the campsites are taken.
The prospect of heading out on a dark road or stealth camping in the woods looms ahead.
A policy update by the Washington State Parks assures this won’t …
Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2017/06/13/how-bicycle-travelers-can-pitch-their-tents-at-full-wa-state-park-campgrounds/