Entries for month: October 2012

Knitting Club Tackles Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes

I’m a crazed mountain biker. I live to fly down dirt trails and check out new routes with my B.O.B. trailer in the mountains of western Montana. Some of my friends get it, and like to explore with me. Others are a bit hesitant to join us in fear that they’ll get in over their heads and end up lying bloodied on the side of a remote trail. Now I need to reveal a bit more information: I’m a 50-plus-year-old woman (how did that happen?) who also likes to garden and knit. Funny how all those things fit together.

Photo of the Week 10.26.12

From Seattle to Port Townsend, by Martina Brimmer (posted May 3, 2011).

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The C2C is a Must to Cycle

A few years ago my English friends, Don Mahad and Susan Dawson, told me that they had completed a ride called the “C2C," from the Irish Sea in the west to the North Sea in the east. When I asked them how the ride was, they said something like “challenging.” Well, now I know that when two strong 30-something cyclists use the word “challenging,” it means something quite different than what it means to me as a 68-year recreational cyclist. After I did the ride in August 2008, I chuckled at their reference -- it was downright strenuous for me. But, I’d also say that it was well worth the effort.

Photo of the Week 10.19.12

From Adventure Down Under, in My Own Backyard, by Louise Sensi.

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My First Solo Bike Overnight: Champoeg State Park

When I started bike commuting as an adult, I became an autonomous being, free from the angering ritual of fighting traffic. The world was new again, rife for adventure. It piqued my energy, enthusiasm, ambition, and curiosity to explore the city I thought I couldn’t know any better. In the spirit of rediscovering such adventure, I recently decided to undertake my first overnight trip by bike, to Champoeg State Heritage Area.

Photo of the Week 10.12.12

From Bike Camping the Clackamas, by Matt Picio, co-founder of Cycle Wild.

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Northwoods Minnesota Loop

One of the advantages of living in rural northern Minnesota is the availability of many outdoor recreation options; and many lightly traveled roads. One loop I like to bicycle is close to our house and 50 miles in length. I've done it in a day, but this time I decided to camp overnight halfway.