Entries for month: April 2012

A New Year's Cycle-Celebration in Central Mass.

While I’m relatively new to bike touring -- I’ve now got three trips under my belt, with the longest at five days -- I consider myself a pretty adventurous biker. Therefore, my fiancé Rachel, who is a less adventurous yet generally game cyclist, was not surprised when I suggested we spend New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day on an overnight trip. I was pleased that she agreed.

Photo of the Week 04.27.12

From Getting Away From It All -- In Crowded Holland, by Friedel Grant.

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The Sauerkraut Route: Rural North Dakota

Probably not many people view North Dakota as a bicycling paradise. We have harsh winters, and our towns are spread great distances apart. Most of our roads, other than the interstate highways, are busy with farm machinery for a large portion of the year. We are mostly flat, hence the term “great plains” -- but if you fancy a subtle beauty, bicycling on the prairie is hard to beat.

Photo of the Week 04.20.12

From The Highest Paved Road, by Michael McGrath.

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Travel Tip: A Kid's First Overnight

I wanted my nine-year-old son to enjoy our trip, and enjoy the ride, but not have it be so tough that we “mis-educate” him. In other words, ruin him for life on the thing we love most, touring on the bike. Our family cannot be described as sedentary, nor are we over-the-top workout fanatics (anymore). Well, maybe we are, but we’ve cut back a lot. We jokingly refer to our family, by the name of our favorite bull on the PBR circuit, “House of Pain.” But, that needs to stay a joke ... well, most of the time.

A Central Coast Foodie Bike Overnight

“You can’t camp here,” they said, looking at our bike-camping bivouac in the middle of the military base. The two police officers from Fort Hunter Liggett--50 miles north of Paso Robles in the rural foothills of the Santa Lucia Range--were ruining my thoughts of a restful sleep tucked in the tent with my sweetie.

Photo of the Week 04.13.12

From Mountain Biking to 'Bag' Mt. Townsend, by Matt Alford.

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