Entries for month: June 2012

Photo of the Week 06.29.12

This week's Photo of the Week comes from To the Sugar Shack and Back: An Alberta Overnight, by Dave Buchanan.

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Northern Rhode Island: History + Hospitality

Rhode Island, officially known as The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, is the smallest U.S. state by land area, covering only 1,045 square miles. And 30 percent of the state is water, so it should be no surprise that Rhode Island’s nickname is “The Ocean State.” Although I have cycled quite a bit in Rhode Island, I have never done any multi-day trips. The purpose of this overnight tour was two-fold: First, to practice fully loaded touring with a camping component; and, secondly, to see Rhode Island and share with the reader the surprising diversity of this smallest of states.

Photo of the Week 06.22.12

  This week's Photo of the Week is from this week's summer-solstice-themed post,      Alaska: Bears and Bikes and the Midnight Sun, by Kate Batten.

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Alaska: Bears and Bikes and the Midnight Sun

I have done this solstice ride for the past four years and can think of no better way to stay up and enjoy the "longest day" in this beautiful part of the world. There's perhaps no better time to ride the Denali National Park Road than on solstice night -- when the buses stop running for the evening, you have the road to yourself (well, there will probably be other riders and some wildlife!)

Photo of the Week 06.15.12

From Bikepacking on Santa Catalina Island, by Errin Vasquez

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Travel Tip: Don't 'Weight' to Go Cross Country

Loaded touring is no doubt the purest form of bike travel; nothing quite matches the sense of liberation and independence one earns by setting out on a self-supported bicycle camping trip. But loaded touring is also slower and more challenging than riding unencumbered -- and heck, there’s nothing in the bike-touring rules book that says you have to carry all of your gear on your bicycle

The Tulip Tour: April in Northwest Washington

The wet Pacific weather this past winter had made us anxious to get on our bikes again, so we planned a spring tulip ride through the colorful fields west of Mount Vernon, Washington. The bicycling began and ended in Mount Vernon, but we loaded our bikes on Amtrak from Vancouver (Washington) to get to the start.