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 […]

Shaking It Up on the C&O: Days 6 and 7

As we racked up the miles on the first half of our trek, five days on the Great Allegheny Passage, we heard it again and again from the owner of Confluence Cycles, from B&B hosts, from little old ladies in quaint lunch spots: “The C&O isn’t like the GAP.” They got that right. The Great […]

Swimming on Bikes: Day 5 on the Great Allegheny Passage

Eric: One good thing about all this rain–it will wash the muck off the bikes. Me: That’s a very Sally Sunshine comment for you. Eric: I know. ——————————————– A couple of minutes later– Me: This is like swimming on bikes! Eric: Yep. ——————————————– Rider sheltering in a tunnel: Great day, isn’t it? Me: Liquid sunshine! […]

Bike Touring the Great Allegheny Passage: Days 3 and 4 on the GAP

We’re another 43 miles down the road, just a day’s ride from the end of the Great Allegheny Passage, and damp outerwear is draped on the shower rod with a load of laundry waiting to be done. First things first though–we laid plans for drinks and dinner with Lara and Keith, friends made along the […]

Bike Touring Lessons Learned So Far: Two Days and 84 Miles

  None of this will be news to people who have bike toured for years, and I’m sure blog posts and videos and lists abound that could have spared me some of the lessons. But hey, I’ll remember all this firsthand learning. 1) I overpacked. Some of this was due to not fully factoring in […]

Prepping, Packing, Shopping: Time for a Big Bike Tour

Recovering from last year’s broken elbow and frozen shoulder has been a bit of a haul. About when I thought I could start building some mileage to earn back my strength I took an exciting new job, the one that meant driving to Olympia once or twice a week and traveling across the state. I […]

30 Days of Biking April 2013: Final Report

Setting up the goal (and links to those previous April outcomes): 30 Days of Biking April 2013: Yes We Can! First couple of weeks: 30 Days of Biking April 2013: Almost Halfway Ride Report, 34.4 miles Made it through week 3: 30 Days of Biking: 9 Days to Go, 8.64 miles Heading to the finish […]

30 Days of Biking April 2013: Almost Halfway Ride Report

April has not worked well for me in past attempts to complete 30 Days of Biking for various reasons–some of them good ones. I got a running start on April 2013 by riding my bike every day March 17-March 30 (I didn’t ride March 31–gave myself permission to take a day off before heading into […]

Biking in the Land Down Under: A Blogspedition with Aussies & Kiwis

Winter in the northern hemisphere is summer in the southern hemisphere, so what better time to round up the women’s bike blogs from that upside-down United States (if you’re from the U.S.) and its smaller sister? Australia Belles, Pedals, and Chains: A little blog about biking street style in Perth Bicycle! Bicycle!: She moved from Perth […]

Yes, Portland IS Awesome for Bikes: A Blogspedition

As I know all too well from living in a city that achieved the Bronze level Bike-Friendly Community designation from the League of American Bicyclists (Spokane), moving to a Gold level BFC (Seattle), and living in the nation’s #1 Bike-Friendly State five years rolling (Washington), it’s never as good as it could be. People who […]

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