Entries Tagged as Rail-Trails
In the early hours of my overnight, I stopped to watch the family coming my way. The young woman was smiling with two sleepy toddlers sitting in child bicycle seats somehow attached behind the seat of her bicycle. Trailing behind was a large bicycle trailer that appeared to be filled with everything, maybe even the kitchen sink. We were on the C&O Canal Trail several miles west of Harpers Ferry.
We took delivery of our new Surly Big Dummy cargo bike in July, and I was itching to do some loaded touring with it. I decided to take Eden out on a daddy/daughter overnight trip, allowing my wife Heidi to relax while we were away! Well, as long as the baby didn't come while we were gone (the due date was in less than two months).
The Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex is the last place you’d think of for bike-camping but when you look around and see the over-worked, over-stressed city slickers running around in their Suburban’s...well, it might just be the perfect place!
Our destination, the historic town of Leavenworth Kansas. Myself and Randy Rasa, of the Kansas Cyclist, were the sojourners. We both rode from our homes to Desoto, Kansas to start our 24 hour adventure together.
I love mountains. I grew up in Michigan, which is pretty flat, and my first trip to Oregon blew me away. In the 11 years I’ve lived in Oregon, I’ve explored many places, but my favorite is the Clackamas River in the Mount Hood National Forest (MHNF). The Clackamas has a lot of camping variety, from Milo McIver State Park in Estacada (which has a secret back entrance for cyclists) to private campgroundPromontory Park, to the US Forest Service campgrounds, and ultimately, dispersed camping - where you pedal until you find some random spot you like, pitch a tent, and stay there. I found one of those sites in the Big Bottom old-growth area.