Entries for month: January 2014

Photo of the Week 01.31.14

From Northern Rhode Island: History + Hospitality, by Bryan Lorber.

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First Attempt: Clinton State Park or Bust!

"What was I thinking? I must be insane! Why did I think I could do this? You don't do these kind of things! Other people do this, you freaking idiot!" These were just a few of the choice thoughts running through my head on June 29, 2013, as I left familiar cycling territory while embarking on my first attempted overnight bike trip. The plan was to ride from my home in Overland Park, Kansas, to Clinton State Park, which is just west of Lawrence, Kansas. I had estimated that the trip, which would take me through the communities of DeSoto and Eudora, would require approximately 50 miles, each way, of output from my untried (over this distance, anyway) human power plant. How, at the age of 46, had I arrived at this point in my life?

Photo of the Week 01.24.14

"Overnighters mean not missing Sunday brunch with my sweetie."

From Atlanta to Stone Mountain Park, by Byron Rushing.

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A Grand Adventure on Michigan's U.P.

Grand Island sits just north of the small town of Munising, on the waters of Lake Superior in Michigan's Upper Peninsula (U.P.) Munising is home to the only ferry service to Grand Island. It is also located within a short drive to the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Grand Island is considered a National Recreation Area, part of the Hiawatha National Forest. Most people spend just the day on the island; with a little planning, however, I thought it would make for a great family bike overnight.

Photo of the Week 01.17.14

From McCall to Burgdorf Hot Springs, Idaho, by the Bike Hermit.

Burgdorf sits near the top of the new Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route, the maps for which will be available by late winter 2014.

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Thanksgiving on the San Francisco Riviera

When my husband Dick and I bought our touring bikes last year, we didn't really have a plan. I suspected we'd set out for credit-card type tours, and we still may. But so far, our overnight bike trips don't fit any of the models listed above. I call them "bicycle getaways," two- to four-day trips, more urban than many touring trips. We utilize transit to increase our travel ranges, and overnight in luxury accommodations. Ideally, a hotel with fuzzy robes in the rooms and great restaurants nearby.

Photo of the Week 01.10.14

From The Sauerkraut Route: Rural North Dakota, by Joel Bickford.

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