Tag: touring

3 bike travelers hit by truck in Georgia; 1 dead

Sad news from Georgia where three bicycle touring friends in their 60s were hit by a tractor-trailer rig on Thursday morning. The three were nearing the end of a two-year, 6,000-mile bike adventure from Prudhoe Bay to Key West.

One, Peter Cornell, 64, of Port Charlotte, Fla., was killed in the collision. He was originally …

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Rest in peace, Cookie Lady

Just learned the sad news that June Curry, the “Cookie Lady,” died on Monday at age 91.

This wonderful lady was the personal friend to the thousands of touring bicyclists who passed through Afton, Virginia, on the Trans America Bicycle Route since its inception in 1976. The walls of her home were papered with postcards …

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Two new road bicycling route guides for Washington and Oregon

Some of you who have just finished up the Seattle-to-Portland Bicycle Classic this weekend might be looking for new road biking routes to tackle in the Pacific Northwest.

You’ll find them in spades in two new bicycle route guides published this summer by Mountaineer Books.

“75 Classic Rides Washington: The Best Road Biking Routes” and …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2012/07/16/two-new-road-bicycling-route-guides-for-washington-and-oregon/

Senior couple’s inspiring bicycle tour

As the years mount up for me, I get more and more interested in seeing how many older folks are remaining active on their bicycles.

One example is Jerry and Shirley Smith, who at 73 and 72, respectively, are riding a tandem on a cross-country bike tour that roughly follows the Northern Tier bicycle route.

Cyclists on that route all know about the beauty and hardships of crossing the Cascades and Rockies. This year, heavy rain, high wind and record heat has been added to the mix.

That’s no different for the Newton, Kansas, couple …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2012/07/05/senior-couple-inspiring-bicycle-tour/

Bicycle camping guide for Kansas

KansasCyclist blogger Randy Rasa has created a helpful online guide if you’re lucky enough to find yourself in Kansas, on a bicycle, and in need of a place to pitch your tent.

Kansas Bicycle Camping is a directory of more than 200 locations in the Sunflower State where bicycle travelers are welcome to camp out.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2012/06/29/bicycle-camping-guide-for-kansas/

New route for final day of Ride the Rockies bike tour will avoid wildfire

The route-meisters for this week’s Ride the Rockies bike tour revised Friday’s final day route to bypass the High Park wildfire that’s blackened 47,000 acres west of Fort Collins.

Earlier in the week, organizers of the six-day tour of 2,000 bicyclists thought they might have to find another final destination or cancel the last day’s ride altogether.

The new route simply leaves Estes Park on Friday morning and heads further east before heading north to Fort Collins …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2012/06/14/new-route-for-final-day-of-ride-the-rockies-will-avoid-wildfire/

Seattle to Portland (STP) registration reopens on Monday

Don’t be left out this year. The Cascade Bicycle Club is reopening online registration for the Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic at 12:01 a.m. (that’s one minute after midnight) on Monday.

The popular 200-mile bike ride from Seattle to Portland sold out on Feb. 21 this year when the last of 10,000 registrations were snatched up.

Enough of those early birds have requested refunds, however, that Cascade is reopening registration ….

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Bob Lee’s amazing bicycle adventure around the U.S.

Bob Lee plans to embark on the third and final leg of his perimeter bicycle travels — Ride for 3 Reasons — around the continental United States this fall to raise money for three charities.

Now 70 years old, Lee continues to inspire me to never stop riding a bicycle.

Current plans call for him …

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Wildfire could reroute Ride the Rockies and Bicycle Tour of Colorado

See June 14 update: New route for Ride the Rockies will avoid fire zone

Five high mountain passes and 24,937 vertical feet of climbing can’t stop the 2000 cyclists on the Ride the Rockies bicycle tour this week in Colorado, but a wild land fire can.

The High Park Fire has burned about 43,000 acres …

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Is that a bike commuter or touring cyclist on new stamp?

The US Postal Service gives a nod to exercise and fuel-effecient transportation with its release of four postage stamps depicting different styles of bicycling.

The set of “forever” stamps were released officially in Minneapolis last week. That stung some folks in Portland, where they were still celebrating after taking over the No. 1 spot from Minneapolis in Bicycling magazine’s list of top cities for bicycling.

Commuter or bike traveler?

Now I don’t want to stir up controversy here, but …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2012/06/11/is-that-a-bike-commuter-or-bicycle-tourist-on-new-stamp/