Entries for month: December 2013

The Rectangle Ride: Bloated Fish & Butt Raisins

"The Rectangle Ride" is a 110-mile route that starts in Arlington, Washington, heads east to Darrington, north to Rockport, west to Sedro-Woolley, and then loops back south to Arlington. It was a perfect, autumnal weekend for a rectangular ride with spectacular company.

Photo of the Week 12.20.13

From Strawberry Moon, by Becca Book; photograph by Brad Wenner.

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Racing Buggies in Amish Country

Shortly after turning onto Township Road 362, we zoomed downhill past a horse-drawn buggy driven by two teenage boys. And, boys being boys, they gave chase. (Or at least we think they did.) We rolled by tranquil green countryside occupied by well-kept farms, and the sound of the horses' hooves pounding the pavement stayed behind us. "I think they are gaining on us!" I shouted to Nance.

Photo of the Week 12.13.13

A treed section of B.C.'s Galloping Goose Trail. From A Bike, a Ferry Ride, and a Credit Card, by Leigh McAdam.

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First Overnight: “Urban Bikepacking” from Edmonds to Port Townsend

Excited, nervous, and downright giddy, we exchange four wheels for two and load onto the ferry that goes from Edmonds to Kingston, Washington. We may as well have training wheels, uncertain as we are of biker-ferry protocol. Is it safe to just leave them? Bike-thirsty pirates and misguided harbor seals may be lurking. The ferry attendant kindly instructs us that most people hang the handlebar over the side rail and go upstairs. Then relax.

Photo of the Week 12.06.13

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

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A Blue Ridge-Virginia Creeper Adventure

Two of my favorite places to bicycle are the Blue Ridge Parkway, a 469-mile road managed by the National Park Service, and the Virginia Creeper Trail, a 34-mile rail-trail conversion between Abingdon and Whitetop, Virginia. I was planning a two-night camping trip and I kept trying to choose which one I wanted to ride. Then it occurred to me that I didn’t need to choose; I could ride part of both.