Entries Tagged as Routes & Rides
A couple of weeks ago my friend Auston and I went for a bike ride down the coast. We left the city with no particular destination in mind. The plan was to head south on Highway 1, ride all day, and get a lot of sun.
I caught wind of this trail on my recumbent news group. It's a rail-trail in Tioga County in north-central Pennsylvania, and rated by some as one of the ten best in the country. It goes through what is known as the Pine Creek Gorge, the "Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania."
The forecast for the weekend was almost perfect for bicycling in February, in Montana. Our plan was to ride from Bozeman to the tiny cowboy town of Pony, 55 miles away. There we would set up camp and stash the bikes in the forest, in order to climb and ski Hollowtop, the highest peak in the Tobacco Root Mountains. This would be the third peak in my 7 Summits Of Bozeman project, a five-month plan to climb and ski the highest peak in each of the seven mountain ranges that surround Bozeman -- completing the entire project 100 percent human-powered, traveling only by bicycle, by foot, and on skis.
Looking for an easy, reasonably priced weekend getaway that involves only a bike, a credit card and a Vancouver Island ferry ride? A few years ago John and I did a fantastic trip that involved just those things. It started with a drive to the Tsawwassen ferry terminal, about 45 minutes away from downtown Vancouver.
I had an idea for our anniversary. Usually we get away for a four-day pedal sometime in September, but with my other plans eating up time we weren't sure it would happen this year. I'd miss that time alone as a couple, so I suggested a simple bike overnight. This means more to us than any restaurant celebration.
My thought process for this ride was simple: Leave the car at home, and ride somewhere nice for an overnight that's a minimum of 50 miles away. I looked at the map and quickly noticed the "lake to lake" possibility as an option. Done, now let's gather the goods and begin riding. This is a solo trip for me. If you go with friends or family members, you can share the load and it won't be as heavy for any one person.
What would you do if the editor-in-chief of a local paper emailed you with the question: “Are you riding the century this Sunday?” Oh, and you’ve hardly ridden more than 15 miles at a stretch during the last few months. And, it’s Friday, two days before the ride. This was my first contact with Mr. Lee James. I had sent him a bundle of ideas, sample clips, and a resume earlier in the week. Maybe I’m jumping the gun thinking he wants a story. Maybe he’s just looking for a riding buddy. But it quickly got me thinking about what’s possible off the couch. The first time I rode 100 miles was this same event, but that was twelve years ago, and I trained for ten weeks, following Bicycling magazine’s schedule.