Entries for month: May 2011
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.
Safe Routes to School Program Manager, Shane MacRhodes explains: "The ride will be on June 25th and will leave from a park in central Eugene in the late morning. We'll ride the 8 miles through town via quiet neighborhood streets, paths, and bike lanes to Armitage State Park, located just outside the city limits and next to the McKenzie River. We've rented a group camp there (that holds 40) and will plan some fun family activities. We'll be providing support and tips before the ride and may even hold a little 'bike camping 101' class/information/gear sharing before the ride. Registration will be required (free) so we can figure out how many people to expect and may even reserve the second group camp if we need it. If this ride goes well we'll do more. There is another spot we've scoped out that is 16 miles from town and several others that about 20-25 so as people gain experience we might venture further out. We're excited to discover the areas that are bikable to facilitate more family bike camping opportunities."
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.
The mountains in Far West Texas are a surprise to most people, and they provide easy climbs and thrilling descents through charming small communities with real cowboys and ranchers. We’ve got a great three-day ride through unspoiled mountain scenery, in the historic path of Comanche and Buffalo Soldiers and modern hipsters, on smooth roads with no traffic. Sound good?
The ride from downtown Seattle to Port Townsend is nothing shy of stunning. In just over fifty miles one winds along the island waterways of the Puget Sound and skirts the peninsula with the Olympic Mountain Range, topped with annual glaciers and deep evergreen forests. A summer and early fall highlight is to time one’s arrival in Port Townsend with their amazing Saturday farmers market. There you’ll find an incredible cornucopia of breads, local cheeses, oysters, fresh fish, and greens, all produced and harvested in the regions through which you’ll have pedaled.