Archive for Bikespeditions

Errandonnee 2018: The Initial Plan

Challenges do motivate me, although my results in past attempts at errandonnee have been mixed. The 2018 errandonnee (errand + randonnee) dates, March 20-31, present some difficulties; among other factors I’ll be in Olympia several days for all-day workshops during this time frame. I also don’t usually try to make errands longer. Thus I need to plan […]

Oh So Challenging: ‘Tis the Season to Track Your Riding

If you’re one of those who gets motivated when you have a reason to track something you’re doing, it’s your time to shine. We’re coming up on the season of multiple challenges related to bicycling. Some people are trackers, some are not. I’ve gone back and forth. I tried not tracking for a while but […]

Washington Counties Challenge: A Statewide Bikespedition To-Do List

Bike challenges motivate some people, while others say they just ride their bike to ride their bike. I ride my bike without needing a challenge to inspire me, but at the same time have fun with the sense of accomplishment that goes with checking something off a list (as with coffeeneuring, errandonnee, and 30 Days […]

Coffeeneuring 2017: Did It!

For the record I made it through the 2017 coffeeneuring season successfully. This was a notable run for the wide geographic range I covered, starting off along the way on our big bike tour in Williamsport, MD and then Harper’s Ferry, WV. Then it was back to Washington state with coffee in Burien and Seattle. And […]

More Coffeeneuring 2017–Past the Halfway Mark

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Mmmm, It’s Coffeeneuring Season

I love riding my bike. I love coffee. Therefore #coffeeneuring is a perfect fit. Or, well, I try to make it fit. Riding my bike to seven places over seven weekends for coffee or a similar beverage, or whatever else a challenge requires, always sounds easy. Then life intervenes. I’ve taken a run at it […]

Travel Takeaways: Policy Ponderings from a Long Bike Tour

A week after wrapping up the longest bike travel effort I’ve ever undertaken, what’s going on mentally, physically, and professionally? (since I took a vacation that relates to my work life) The policy aftereffects– Biking in a different part of the country gave me insights and ideas I can take back to work. The signage! The […]

Travel Takeaways: Mental Musings from a Long Bike Tour

Riding my bike for ten straight days on a touring vacation gave me physical effects, of course, and also some policy/professional thoughts and these mental takeaways. Getting truly away from everyday routines and geography creates the most vacation-y vacation ever. I haven’t given myself that kind of complete break for that many days in years–possibly […]

Travel Takeaways: Physical Effects from a Long Bike Tour

A week after wrapping up the longest bike travel effort I’ve ever undertaken, what’s going on physically in addition to the mental and professional aftereffects? I did a reasonably good job of preparing myself physically for the trip and I’m really glad I trained. Each day definitely left me knowing that I’d ridden a loooong way, and […]

Now THAT Was a Vacation: Day 10 and Done

We made it! The final day started with the hotel shuttle back to the tiny ferry to get on the trail. While the sun was shining in a clear blue sky, the air felt much cooler than we’d thought looking out the window and within minutes of starting to ride we stopped to put on […]

Fixes, Flora and Fauna Along the C&O: Days 8 and 9

Lest you think I’m exaggerating the shaking and baking on the C&O, today a bolt fell out of the rack on my bike, having vibrated loose along the way. Luckily we were close to Harper’s Ferry and the bike shop/general store had something that fit. That’s my first mechanical issue of any kind. Eric had a […]

The quest for the intersection of Style and Comfort