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March 2017

This was the third Populaire I’ve done with the Seattle International Randonneurs and the third one where it rained. This was the rainiest of the bunch though.  The ride started 9am at Woodland Park in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle.  It started drizzling a few minutes before the start and was a good steady rain by […]

January 2017

Day 3 dawned clear, cool and sunny. It was wonderful being in the midst of the mountains along the talkative Cle Elum River.  I made breakfast and packed up and then enjoyed a second cup of coffee sitting on a rock in the river. The plan today was to ride a trail to Cooper Lake […]

I awoke to a clear, cool morning in the midst of the Cascade Mountains. After making breakfast and breaking down camp I discovered that the outhouse at the Cold Creek Campground was locked.  This didn’t bode well. I wasn’t too far from the Hyak Trailhead so I rode back up there to use the facilities. […]

In 2016 I undertook three tours, the last of which end abruptly. This is the tale of that tour. My plan was to take the bus up to North Bend and then ride to the Iron Horse Trail which I would then take nearly to Cle Elum.  From there I’d ride to Roslyn, Cle Elum Lake […]

June 2016

Coastal Contemplations index In June 2016 I spent two weeks touring on the Pacific Coast.  A leisurely tour, the emphasize was on the scenery, the environments and contemplation.  As usual I blogged the tour here as it went on the links of which I have collected here. Additionally I took over a thousand photos on […]

in beads of dew one by one my home village -Issa   all things must pass I made one last stop in The Whit at the New Day Bakery – which was great – before I made my way to the Amtrak Station. This being the beginning of the Amtrak Cascades route the train was ready and […]

in summer cool ambling down my road to hell -Issa a step east On this day I would leave 101 for the first time since joining it in SW Washington.  I was riding to Eugene which was a fair piece and since I desired to spend some time in the city I left early. It was […]

dancing butterflies— my journey forgotten for a while -Issa the butterfly flies anyway Umpqua Lighthouse State Park was the southern most extent of my journeys.  In fact I had gone beyond the road where I needed to start heading east.  So this day requires back tracking north for a ways.  But I was going to […]

where I saw a pretty bird… they burn the mountain -Issa without intentions This day was mostly clear, with an unusual southerly wind blowing white streamers of clouds across the blue canvas. On the road I almost immediately reached Yachats where I stopped at the Bread & Roses Bakery and lingered over their fine coffee […]

plum blossoms— in my account book I enter “cash for sake” -Issa beach to beach It rained all night only ceasing upon the dawn.  So it was a damp morning of packing as I broke camp and headed south.  A scant distance Down 101 I came to Newport and the turnoff to Yaquina Head Lighthouse. […]

low tide in a soft, soft rain… darkness coming -Issa between showers This was another day predicted to be filled with a series of fronts moving through so I decided to stay at Bevery Beach Campground and explore the coast. Considering that I’d moved along this section of the coast pretty fast yesterday Ithis would give me […]

today too, today too living in mist… little house -issa a long day’s journey into…evening I awoke to the sound of drizzle pitter pattering on my tent.  Now the sound of rain on the tent is an experience not to be missed, but I did intend to pack up and leave Cape Lookout today.  It fell […]

in spring breeze his stole billowing… a monk comes too -Issa wind and waves I decided to stay another night at Cape Lookout, so that I could explore Cape Mears which I’d missed yesterday.  Taking a leisurely morning I enjoyed the first bright blue dawn in a couple of days.  The sun was already quite […]

blown forth by the spring breeze… pilgrims -Issa drifting down the coast There was some early morning rain but then the front moved by and the sun cand out.  I lingered in camp, drying out and recombobulating things.  So it was nice and warm when I returned to the road and continued drifting south. The wind […]

today too today too… cheating clouds -Issa rain day I’ve planned all along to spend several days on the beaches but on this day the weather forced my hand.  It rained on and off throughout the night and when I woke up it was really coming down. I’d begun to recognize the pattern though: sprinkles […]

watching the downpour under a temple bell -Issa sometimes it pours I lingered in Astoria having breakfast out, relishing supplies, finishing my coffee. The skids were cloudy, but streaked with blue and it was warm when the sun worked its way through the cracks.  I made my way out of town the same way I came […]

the ants’ road from peaks of clouds to here -Issa a short ride over a long bridge A grey morning, cooler and every so often brief periods of sprinkles. Today I’d cross the Astoria Bridge to OR and I decided that I would stay the night in Astoria.  I haven’t really spent much time in […]

stillness— in the depths of the lake billowing clouds -Issa wind and water The day dawned grey and cool – a relief after the heat of the last few days. It would break up as the day progressed, leading to blue skies streaked with trails of clouds.  I had many miles to ride this day […]

dawn’s glow even more of a wonder… willow tree -Issa waiting to exhale I woke at dawn and looking out the door of my tent saw the eastern colors reflecting off the canal and touching the clouds with color. A deep contentment filled me and I sat in for long moments in reflecton. soft colors of dawn […]

larks in the sky people in the sea… a holiday -Issa   A hot start I’ve found myself pining for the coast and with another free space I’m back on the road. The weather is again unusually hot with a high of 90(f) on this day. I set myself a short first day, with my […]

May 2016

sunset— tears shine in a frog’s eyes too -Issa I had to be back this afternoon so I decided I’d take the morning Amtrak Cascades train back to Seattle. To maximize my time I’d chosen to camp at Bayview State Park which is only about ten miles from the train station. The train left around […]

in hazy night stepping into water… losing my way -Issa It drizzled a bit overnight but by the morning it was dry and grey. As I noted earlier the ferries weren’t really conducive to maximizing my time on Orcas and still getting to the next campground. I had the options of leaving around noon or […]

April 2016

  even for the meadow butterflies… the day is long -Issa The plan is to go to Orcas Island and spend some time at Moran State Park.  The ferries aren’t really amenable to maximizing ones time on an island. That is I wanted to go over early this morning and return mid afternoon tomorrow. That’d […]

 “Thus, the sage performs effortless deeds and teaches wordless lessons.” – Lao-Tzu I didn’t have too much riding planned for this day, I primarily desired to visit a few of my favorite spots on Fidalgo Island. But being at Deception Pass State Park – which I haven’t camped at in decades – I decided to […]

“All through the land an unenlightend person is hard to find.” -Lin-ji (paraphrased) Overnight I came to the decision that I wanted to sit in cafes, on beaches, in the woods, on the sound just taking things in. This morning dawned clear and bright and was going to be another in this series of “summer […]

  spring comes simply with a pale blue sky -Issa No-thinking; just tour I was heading out late Sunday morning for a ride and as I was about to board the light rail for a bit of a head start I decided that I should take advantage of the unseasonably warm stretch ahead and go […]

February 2016

I missed out on three of the Winter Training Series rides since the last one I did, but made it to Number Six last weekend. I can only make it to the rides that I can ride to, or conveniently take public transit and for this years WTS quite a few of the rides do not […]

January 2016

Sunday January 24th was a splendid winter day. The sun was out, chased around the sky by big fluffy cloud ridges. In the sun I was overdressed and hot but when the sun was behind a cloud it was definitely winter. I wanted to outside, but I didn’t have much of a plan. I left around […]

Riding Dirty Saturday January 16th I left my place on Beacon Hill a bit after 8am and rode across Mercer Island and south on Lake Washington to Newcastle Beach Park. I was meeting an ad hoc group of SIR and CBC members engaged in the second of six Winter Training Rides.  Most of these rides are […]

  Pictures from a ride with Shawn “Urban Adventure League” Granton on a clear, sunny and cold New Years Eve. We did a South Seattle ride through West Seattle, Burien, White Center, South Park, Georgetown, Sodo and for myself Beacon Hill while Shawn ended in the ID. Beautiful, clear and cold with stunning views of […]

August 2015

Last autumn I was at Free Range Cycles in Fremont, checking out their various Rando bicycles. I’d been interested for a while in a 650b, low trail bicycle and after that previous summers tour in the mountains I was more interested in forest roads, fire trails and other routes off the beaten paths. Talking about […]

It was again nice and cool in the mountains, for which I remained a bit under clothed.  But I slept pretty well on this night after two days of hard riding and there is nothing better then waking up in the woods to the calling of birds. I packed up, cooked breakfast, washed up and […]

  I awoke to find it damp with streams of mist running down the trail. I made breakfast and broke camp and then walked down to Alice Creek to clean my dishes. A lively creek that ran though trees and over rocks into an aged cement culvert under the trail where it disappeared from my view. […]

July 2015

This year I’m not going to be able to do any extended touring, so I’m attempting to make the most of three-day weekends and overnight trips.  As I’ve noted in these pages it has been quite warm this spring so when Memorial Day Weekend rolled around I finally decided to do a trip I’ve been […]

June 2015

Atlantis in Madison Park On a particularly warm and sunny day in early April I took a meandering ride along Lake Washington. Riding through parks along the water and then I skirted the University of Washington along the Union Bay Natural Area the wildlife was out in force. I concluded at Magnuson Park where I […]

April 2015

“I am losing precious days. I am degenerating into a machine for making money. I am learning nothing in this trivial world of men. I must break away and get out into the mountains to learn the news” ― John Muir

Quickbeam at Seward Park See more Quickbeam glamour shots in my Flickr Gallery: Quickbeam  

March 2015

For various reasons this year I’m going to have extremely limited options for bicycle touring, most likely limited to overnights and three day weekends. For me what I really love about touring is the mindset that you get into, a form of mindfulness where you are in harmony with your surroundings, bicycle and body.  After all […]

February 2015

My Rivendell Atlantis at Ten Years February 2005 my Rivendell Atlantis that I had ordered late 2004 arrived at my apartment in Woodinville, making it ten years old today. In the intervening years I have ridden this bicycle nearly 40,000 miles on many hundreds of commute trips, hundreds of errands, all over Washington State, across […]

Cascades, Space Needle, Seattle across the sound Way back on the 8th, in this abnormally warm February, I took advantage of a Sunday afternoon to ride to West Seattle for a picnic. Not much of note to really report on the ride – it was all pretty familiar territory I’ve ridden (and written about) before. […]

January 2015

Atlantis framing Mount Rainier The beginning of 2015 found me waylaid by a cold and thus I didn’t get out on my bicycle until January 5th 2015. As per my wont I didn’t get out of the house until late and I ended up doing a fairly standard ride here in the Puget Sound area: […]

My favorite recent Atlantis shot The end of the 2014 has been marked by unusually wet and warm weather (pineapple express!) interspersed with unusually dry, clear and cold.  Sure it’s not the approaching absolute zero of the midwest or what have you, but it’s been cold. However I wanted to get in one last ride […]

December 2014

As I noted in my Solstice Ride post, I’d set out with the thought of walking along the shore and making some coffee (or tea) in the out of doors.  That did’t end up happening as my wandering nature got the best of me and the lure of exploring new territory proved stronger.  With the […]

 Winter Solstice on Puget Sound I was inclined to take a ride in the short amount of sunlight available on the Winter Solstice and thought I’d head to the beach at West Seattle and bile up some coffee.  I loaded up my trusty Atlantis with my camp stove, alcohol, some coffee (also tea, in case […]

Quickbeam on Beacon Hill As the days get shorter and the temperatures lower I’ve found that I’ve been enjoying taking little short rides on my Quickbeam. I’m generally more of long exploratory ramble kind of guy, but I often set out late as the mood strikes.  In the winter that leads to my riding being a lot more […]

October 2014

Mount Rainier shrouded in clouds Since returning from tour I haven’t had a lot of chances to get out in the (nearly) always beautiful PNW Autumn.  My bicycle needed a bunch of work and it took getting into a new place and emptying out my storage unit to have the necessary tools. Then a visit […]

On tour this summer, just outside of Yakama on a hot mid-July Day I started hearing a rhythmic thunking as I rode on an overpass. I pulled over and slowly pushed the bicycle forward looking for things dangling, or rubbing or something. And look what I found. This is why I use Marathon Plus tires […]

September 2014

Bottle in hand, I climb out on this great rock. Since Heaven and Earth began it’s stood a thousand feet above the water. I raise my cup and smile at the sky, and the Heavens whirl until the sun shines out of the West! I could sit here on this rock forever! hanging my hook […]

all day I said nothing unable to sleep the moonlit night   -Santoka this train is bound for Oly My train didn’t leave until the evening so this meant I had most of a day to kill in Bakersfield. I was close to the central downtown and let me tell you there isn’t much action […]

August 2014

Mountains, rivers, and the great earth, Grass, trees, and the forests, All are mu. -Bassui no goal reached Lake Isabella is the end of section four of the Sierra-Cascades route and as far as I’m going to follow the route. Today I strike off on a route to Bakersfeild that I put together on Google […]

got this far drink some water and go on -Santoka hungry ghosts I had pushed it to Lake Isabella as Labor Day Weekend is a wildcard I had to take into account. In the end it would have worked out fine if I’d shown up on Friday afternoon – the campground has filled up but […]

I wish to say nothing. What does the sky say? -Confucius last walk with giants Even after yesterday’s long climb there was still nearly 3000 feet remaining up into the Giant Sequoia Monument. This was much easier being first thing in the morning when it was cooler and I was more rested. But I also […]

“The mountains are calling and I must go.” -John Muir low and high My campground was only four miles or so from the entrance to Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park and I reveled in my final glimpses up the valley. Moro rock stood out as did the surrounding rock edifices. But out of the canyon I […]

The big tree is nature’s first masterpiece, and, as far as I know, the greatest if all living things. – John Muir amongst the monarchs I spent this day in Sequioa National Park Park experience as much as I could of the park. I took the shuttle up from my campground in the morning and […]

The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness.   -John Muir riding with the generals I spent part of the morning exploring what I could in Kings Canyon but alas the titular canyon itself is thirty miles up a road perpendicular to the route. It’d take at least a couple of days […]

all withered– grasses I walked over going nowhere   -Santoka big hills into big trees Packing up this morning I received a surprise as when I was pulling,stuff out of my Hobo Bag (the handlebar bag) a giant hairy, tan spider charged out. A wolf spider I’m pretty sure, (though perhaps a hobo spider!) it […]

somehow I get to go on living among summer grasses   -Santoka the empty lake Today was mostly spent in the low altitude valleys and it was hot. First thing In the morning I crossed the San Joaquin River and then climb right back over 2000 feet. But the rest of the day was primarily […]

Everyone needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where Nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike.   -John Muir steaming into the valley Today was going to be a short day due to the vagaries of campgrounds and timing so that I’d reach […]

It seems strange that visitors to Yosemite should be so little influenced by the novel grandeur, as if their eyes were bandaged and their ears stopped. Most of those who I saw yesterday were looking down as if wholly unconscious of anything going on about them, while the sublime rocks were trembling with the tones […]

But no temple made with hands can compare with Yosemite. Every rock in its walls seems to glow with life. Down through the middle of the Valley flows the crystal Merced, River of Mercy, peacefully quiet, reflecting lilies and trees and the onlooking rocks; things frail and fleeting and types of endurance meeting here and […]

To the timid traveler, fresh from the sedimentary levels of the lowlands, these highways, however picturesque and grand, seem terribly forbidding– cold, dead, gloomy gashes on the bones of the mountains, and all of Nature’s ways the ones to be most cautiously avoided. Yet the are full of the finest and most telling examples of […]

The Mountain Spirit (excerpt)   Driving all night south from Reno Through cool-porches Bridgeport, past Mono Lake’s pale glow, past tongues of obsidian flow stopped chill, and the angled granite face on the east Sierra front —   -Gary Snyder High Point Today i would ride Tioga Road into Yosemite Park. This was pretty much […]

butterflies in the wind seeing them on their way   -Santoka through the devils gate The high, rocky valley walls effectively block the sun both setting and rising leading to a truly cold night. I had to put on my raincoat in the morning to warmup. I had ridden part way up the pass getting […]

the crow silently flew off   -Hōsai Ozaki apex predator Another chilly morning, but once the sun hove into view it quickly began to warm up. Almost as quickly as I am on to climbing up a pass. As I turned left following 89, hwy 4 pealed off the route and went down a signed […]

warm day — and still some food on hand   -Santoka it’s Tahoe vs Veygus in the Big Game It was another chilly, mountain morning, though not as outright cold as yesterday. Climbing the hill out of the campground warmed me right up anyway. I did a bit of riding high above Lake Tahoe which […]

Moon in mid sky, high over the village hovels and wandering on   -Buson I can see Nevada from my tent It was really cold last night which I have to say I’m grateful for when I’m snug in my sleeping bag, but packing up this morning I could have used a sweater. Of course […]

before this autumn wind even the shadows of mountains shudder and tremble -Issa mountain wind I lingered at Movin’ West RV Park primarily to get my laundry done as it wasn’t available to me until 9am. I talked to a fellow there who gave me the rundown on all the upcoming roads and mountains. I […]

mornings are good! leaves fallen leaves yet to fall   -Santoka the face in the tree Mount Lassen is the end of the Cascade Range and today would be my first climbs in the Sierras. Things were still damp from the big rains of last night but the sun was out and it was warming […]

to the sound of flowing water found my way down to the village   -Santoka angels and Dutchmen The campground at Lassen is at over 7000 feet of altitude so it as a nice rid down to the valley below. As it does it warmed up as I descended but big fluffy white clouds kept […]

came along a mountain path talking to myself   -Santoka under the volcano In 1915 Mount Lassen erupted – twice. Two years later Lassen Volcanic National Park was formed and like so many of those early parks the centerpiece is a road that runs through it. I’d wanted to spend a but of extra time […]

Warm nights, the lee of twisty pines — high jets crossing the stars -Gary Snyder scorched earth In the morning I found a hiker sitting on the picnic tables in the hike/bike site. He figured he’d camp at Burney Falls for a week or so, hike the trails, “maybe take the PCT over and then […]

The full moon ringed by these innumerable stars and the sky a deep green -Shiki a wild ride From where I had camped in Weed it was an easy 4-5 miles back to the route which then climbed up through a valley most of the way to the town of Mt. Shasta. Mt. Shasta seemed […]

The clouds come and go, providing a rest for all the moon viewers. -Issa California It turns out that the next campsite from Ashland is 70 miles away. I hadn’t quite realized this and I spent far too much time this morning running some final errands. I hit the road after 11 and it was […]

Now is the winter of our discontent.   -Richard III, William Shakespeare another day, another play On my second full day in Ashland I really just spent the day doing the last of my errands and recovering, so there is little to report. However the fine folks who run the Ashland Hostel offered to try […]

Prospero Our revels now are ended. These our actors, As I foretold you, were all spirits and Are melted into air, into thin air: And, like the baseless fabric of this vision, The cloud-capp’d towers, the gorgeous palaces, The solemn temples, the great globe itself, Ye all which it inherit, shall dissolve And, like this […]

Before I arrived who were the people living here? Only violets remain -Issa riding the open range I had made reservations for the Ashland Hostel for today and the problem with reservations is you are constrained to make them! From Crater Lake to Ashland it’s a good two day distance but of course the campground […]

peaceful in mind getting up going to bed in mountains -Santoka lightning fires Today’s long climb was back up to a Crater Lake and the high point on the rim of over 7000 feet. Of course I did this yesterday unloaded and I didn’t it find it too tough in that condition. It was definitely […]

Along the flow I walk and stop -Hōsai Ozaki Crater Lake Through the thin trees at my campsite the sun rose reddish-orange through a haze. Not having to pack up and such I had a leisurely morning but there was still going to be a full day of riding so by late morning I set […]

dawn trees dampened by passing rain -Hōsai Ozaki perspective Overnight there was another thunderstorm the first one at. It. Massive flashes of lightning would light up my tent as if a gas lamp was momentarily flipped on. The thunder would echo up from the lake and roll over the hill above me. It rained just […]

quote in the high lake country After yesterday’s deluge and a damp morning I spent extra time hanging up everything wet in the sun and let them dry out a bit. Once I was on the road after only five or so miles of riding along Elk Lake and in the thin woods I came […]

July 2014

a desolate mountain remains of the setting sun -Hōsai Ozaki the storm breaks On coming down from Santiam Pass yesterday the character of the land had changed back to at dry scrubland with its sage, ponderosa pine and spares undergrowth. The ride from Sisters to Bend was all through land like that with, here and […]

Traveling this high mountain trail, delighted by violets -Bashō thunder on the mountain When the weather gods displeasure falls on you the clouds roll in on the descents and are whisked away to reveal the hot sun on the climbs. Today was one of those days where while it dawned clear and warm clouds rolled […]

mountain wind descending -Hōsai Ozaki butterfly way The best riding on this tour has been on the forest roads right in the trees: Old Blewett Pass, the roads around Mt. St. Helens and today on the edge of the Mt. Hood wilderness. Things started slowly with a near five mile climb but this was followed […]

sunset sweeps the sky with a single stroke -Hōsai Ozaki mountains and rivers This was a day of many crossings: four passes, three times over the Pacific Crest Trail, the Oregon Trail even. The primary activity was climbing back into the mountains proper. The day before on the Columbia Rover I was near sea level. […]

a world of dew, and within every dewdrop a world of struggle -Issa between the gods Today would be split between riding along the Columbia and riding up the Hood River Valley back into the Cascades. The morning was clear and cool and my route back to Cascade Locks was in the woods on the […]

Sokei-an met an old man on the banks of the Columbia growing potatoes & living all alone, Sokei-an asked him the reason why he lived there he said   Boy, no one every asked me the reason why, I like to be alone I am an old man I have forgotten how to speak human […]

I always felt terrible on the trail the first day after a break. Katz, on the other hand, just always felt terrible. Whatever restorative effects a town visit offered always vanished with astounding swiftness on the trail. Within two minutes it was as if we had never been away—actually worse, because on a normal day […]

A long hard journey, rain beating down the clover like a wanderer’s feet -Buson riding the PCT to OR It began to sprinkle as I retired to my tent last night and by morning was a full on downpour. Listening to the tapping of rain on the tent as I lie enveloped in warmth is […]

I have all the vestment I will ever need, not gauzy silk nor twill, and if you ask about the color, neither red, nor purple . . . In the summer it’s light as wings; in the winter it’s my quilt. Winter or summer, of use in both . . . Year upon year, just […]

The white dome peak whacked lower down, open-sided crater on the northside, fumarole wisps a long gray fan of all that slid and fell angles down clear to the beach dark old-growth forest gone     no shadows The lake afloat with white bone blowdown logs scoured ridges round the rim, bare outcrop rocks squint on the […]

This present moment      that lives on   to become   long ago -Gary Snyder a ride in the woods When I arose it was overcast and chilly. It’s hard to express what a relief that was: back home in Western WA. After the steep climb out of the campground I was back on 12 to […]

Things spread out rolling and unrolling, packing and unpacking, — this painful impermanent world – Gary Snyder buy the ticket, take the ride It was still windy when I woke up, still blowing south. This added some difficulty to what otherwise would be a (relatively) easy pass to cross. White Pass ascends in a couple […]

Even these long days are not nearly long enough for the skylarks to sing -Bashō with and against As has so often been the case this tour the morning was dramatically different than the afternoon. I did some errands in Ellensberg so got out later than I’d wanted but the wind from yesterday was still […]

O summer snail, you climb but slowly, slowly to the top of Fuji -Issa crossing the dry mountains It had actually gotten almost cold overnight which really was a relief. But I knew that today was suppose to be the peak of the heat and I had a pass to cross. I didn’t linger but […]

The distant mountains are reflected in the eye of the dragonfly -Issa burnin’ It had been nice and cool overnight on the lake which was quite a relief I must say. Trying to get the bulk of the ride in before the heat of the day I did not linger in camp. You have to […]

like misty moonlight, watery, bewildering — our temporal way -Issa sirocco It didn’t cool down much last night which certainly led to a fitful night sleep. I knew it’d be another hot day so I made an attempt to leave earlier than I have been. But just a couple miles back on the road, after […]

the moon this evening, and in the whole wide sky not a trace of cloud -Sōchō it gets hotter as you go down the valley I lingered at the Barn enjoying the facilities and the shade of its trees. But eventually I wrapped things up and hit the road for the short ride to the […]

“But now that you’re in the mountains be ready to suffer.” -Gao Xingjian, Soul Mountain pushing that rock This the third time I’ve crossed Rainy and Washington passes and whole they’ve all been tough the heat on this day added to the overall challenge. I got up early and left early (for me) and hit […]

“Ten thousand things, all in this breath…” why are people in this world so busy? just for this one breath. They say, “busy, busy, mine mine…”, busy a whole lifetime for “Me”. When this breath is cut off you let go of the whole universe. Why not let go from the start?” – from Amongst […]

“Let one walk alone, committing no sin, with few wishes. Like an elephant in the forest.’” – The Dhammapada the narrow way The road now narrows into a single path across the mountains but with many branches. I’ve ridden this path twice before and while the features are constant the details are ever changing. I […]

I’m right on the edge of Cascade National Park and previous experience informs me that I won’t be getting much coverage for the next while. Also I intend to spend some extra time here and not just rush over the pass. Getting into the mountains is what this tour is about and it’s time to […]

Fallen red blossoms from plum trees burst into flame among horse turds -Buson blowing upstream Sedro Wooley is the last town with a full range of facilities until over the mountains and as I intend to spend some time in the mountains I spent this morning taking advantage of said facilities. Laundry, shopping and so […]

I begin each day with breakfast greens and tea and morning glories -Kikaku raspberry fields forever Today was even hotter and more miles than yesterday and yet it was a really enjoyable day. The main variable is that instead of being against the wind it was often with me. I’ve said it before and I’ll […]

those falling blossoms all return to the branch when I watch butterflies -Moritake a good day for sailing A difficult day for early in the tour: hot, long and strong winds blowing southeast. My route took me past campgrounds at 12 and 34 miles but they didn’t leave me in a decent place for the […]

“If a thing is worth doing once, it is worth doing over and over again – exploring it, probing it, demanding by its repetition that the public look at it.” -Mark Rothko coastlines Another day spent in very familiar territory. Apart from beginning/ending many tours in these parts I grew up on Fidalgo and Whidbey […]

Exhausted, I sought a country inn, but found wisteria in bloom -Bashō soft summer rain July gloom today, with low clouds and a on and off drizzle that sometimes would increase to a gentle rain. Again following families routes, but almost twice as much riding as yesterday and much more up and down. The first […]

One is on the way for eons without leaving his house; one leaves his house without being on the way. -Lin-ji Following in my own footsteps My pilgrimage to the mountains begins by taking a familiar path from Olympia. Along Mud Bay and Hood Canal to Potlatch State Park. A short day but with it […]

“The true traveller is without a goal, it is the absence of goals which creates the ultimate traveller.” -Gao Xingjian, Soul Mountain   It’s been two years since my Journey to the East (for which I’ve finally finished sorting the bulk of the photos. See my Journey to the East Index) and a couple of months […]

June 2014

Late Spring on the Sound We had a particularly wet winter and early spring here in the Pacific Northwest (record setting rain even) but things have really turned around. April was above average temperatures and we’ve had many days in the 70s (f) and even a few low 80s (f). There was a string of […]

May 2014

Heading down Washington Pass Current Status (06.14.14):  I’ve completed sorting and uploading photos through day 100, Bar Harbor, Maine. This completes the cross country tour. However I do still have photos from the days I spent in Bar Harbor and the return trip to post. Those however will have to wait until after this summers […]

April 2014

  April 30th 2012 I left my apartment in Seattle WA and set off on the first stage of my cross country tour. I first rode to Olympia and spent a few days with friends before setting off around the Olympic Peninsula where I intersected with the Northern Tier route which I rode to Bar […]

Atlantis at the Ballard Locks It’s rare that these two significant holidays occur on the same day but instead of celebrating either I went for a rambling ride along Seattle waterways. The weekend had been rather grey and rainy and Sunday was expected to be similar but with that spring like character of occasional sun […]

A Quickbeam in the grass, alas It’s been some time since I’ve done much riding on the Quickbeam. The winter months were much more suited toward the Atlantis what with it’s generator light, fat durable tires and ability to carry multiple extra layers of clothes.  Also while I’ve done the commute on the Quickbeam, climbing […]

March 2014

Ragged lines on grey canvas While I don’t much dig the whole “spring forward” part, I’m always happier when we are on Daylight Savings Time. It means more light after work allowing for these more meandering commutes home. It means that my typically late starts for weekend rides can still be a solid ride before […]

February 2014

  from The River by Alessandro Sanna

Trees on Lake Washington It’s been quite some time since my last point and while there is a backlog of things I should have put some work into there hasn’t been much of interest going on.  The winter doldrums perhaps, hindering rides and blogging past glories.  There are a couple of events that happened at the […]

November 2013

Mural on the walls surrounding the Capitol Hill light rail station project Since I’m back in the workforce and commuting daily it seems apropos to document my current commute. This will differ significantly from my previous commutes in Woodinville and Kirkland in that I am now right in the heart of the major city of […]

October 2013

Atlantis in the Leaves It’s been one of those weeks and as so often is the case there is no better therapy than a nice bicycle ride. I’ve been pining to get back to the mountains and while I set out too late to really get into the Cascades I did make it to the […]

The Mountain as seen from Fay Bainbridge State Park After an unseasonable cool and rainy September the first weekend in October was one of those perfect PNW Autumn days. I’d recently gotten a new camera (a Nikon 1 J2 for you trainspotters out there) and I went out for rides on both Saturday and Sunday […]

August 2013

Quickbeam at the southern end of the Chief Sealth Trail I haven’t been riding the Quickbeam too much since moving back to Seattle. Seattle is a hilly city for a single speed, but I’ve been thinking I want to use it for commuting instead of my Atlantis and toward that end I’ve been waiting for some […]

Making tea on the Biolite Campstove I picked up a BioLite Campstove this spring and have taken it on two short tours around Washington State: 4 day tour around SW Washington and a week+ trip to Victoria BC. I wouldn’t consider this extensive testing by any means but I can certainly offer my impressions so far.  Let […]

June 2013

I’m back on tour again, another shortish jaunt; this time a bit over a week. I’m heading up to Victoria, B.C. In Canada to see some experimental classical music concerts. I don’t plan to “live blog” this one but I’m thinking I’ll use Track My Tour. So if interested follow along here: Tour into Silence. […]

Atlantis packed up and ready to roll May Micro-Tour day 4 The last day of the tour is of course the ride home.  Now when I was camping at Twin Harbors, just a few miles up the road, I rode back to Olympia in a straight shot, which I intended to repeat.  It is a […]

May Micro-Tour day 3 With the shift in the tour route I now was able to take a day off and spend it on the beach.  So I did.  I spent the morning on the beach, walking up and down, taking pictures and letting the constant wash of the surf cleanse my mind. After a […]

Fellow traveller   May Micro-Tour day 2 There is nothing quite like waking up in your tent in the woods to the not so dulcet tones of a child bellowing through a megaphone.  Fortunately it wasn’t too early and I’d slept pretty decently, but talk about a motivation to get out of bed.  It was […]

May 2013

Atlantis in Centralia May Micro-Tour Day 1 Since I had myself well packed up the night before I was able to take a pretty leisurely morning and set off pretty much right when I’d planned to. I had about 5 hours of riding to do and felt there was no reason not to have an […]

Prepping the Atlantis for tour Mid-May brought the PNW some unseasonably spectacular weather: about ten solid days in the mid-seventies to mid-eigthies fahrenheit. After going through a weekend in the 80s (F) I felt that sweltering in my apartment was all well and good (I took some top notch twilight rides around town) but that […]

April 2013

Atlantis, loaded for camping The end of April graced us with several spectacular days. Around noon on the 24th I decided that I was going to go on an overnighter up at Potlatch State Park, which I had been to on my 2011 tour and knew wasn’t too epic of a route.  So began a […]

My new (to me) Rivendell Quickbeam Upon my return from Bar Harbor after my cross country tour I found myself without my trusty Atlantis for over three weeks.  Up to that point my one bicycle lifestyle had served me well.  While a bit of a break from riding after the tour was acceptable by week […]

March 2013

I tend to do my upgrading, changes and fixes on the bicycle at the end of winter in conjunction with cleaning off the accumulated winter gunk. This year due to one of my fender struts snapping off I did a round of work much earlier.  I’d been contemplating replacing my fenders for years now but […]

Downtown Olympia with Mount Rainier in the Distance Posted from Olympia, Washington, United States.

February 2013

Shadow Rider January was pretty bleak this year with some quite cold weather here in Olympia. I can’t deny the impulse to hunker down and hibernate in these conditions. The rains came back and it warmed up a bit but while I’m always game to ride in the rain it doesn’t really inspire one to […]

January 2013

This packing list was at the bottom of my epically long Kit Considerations post. I was doing some editing and decided that this information would be better served as it’s own post. The two posts are linked to each other so nothing should be lost to the reader.  This allows the packing list to be […]

When I lost my job at the end of July 2011 I was thinking I’d set right off on a cross country bicycle tour. However all of the business involved in the lay off necessitated that I be in the area for at least a month and ideally three months. So I took my shorter […]

Jan . 17 . Surveying for William O . Benjamin east part of Lincoln. Saw a red squirrel on the wall, it being thawing weather. Human beings with whom I have no sympathy are far stranger to me than inanimate matter, — rocks or earth. Looking on the last, I feel comparatively as if I […]

Fully Loaded Atlantis in front of the White Mountains in Vermont My touring kit had been pretty static the last few years, with often just one or two bits changed as I’d set out on tour.  This year, for my cross country tour, I changed quite a few things and thus set out with a […]

About a week before I set out on my cross country Journey to the East last year I put up a post about my charging system that I had worked out for that tour. It seems worthwhile to post the results of how that worked out for me.  For the tl;dr crowd: in the main […]

First ride of the new b’ak’tun or last ride 2012 or bombing around Oly I was in TN visiting family during the rollover from the 13th to the 14th B’ak’tun and thus am only now getting around to a ride. This day, which is also the final day of 2012, began with snow in Olympia […]

November 2012

Atlantis in East Montana Since returning from the terminus of my 2012 cross country bicycle touring I’ve been slowly (quite slowly alas) sorting through the thousands of photographs that I took. Now I was uploading photos as I went but these stopped around East Montana.  Why is that you ask? Well let me explain the […]

Drinking a home brewed porter The next step in my program of simplification is to target areas of one’s consumption. Readers of this blog know I enjoy craft beer and it certainly is a measurable portion of my consumption. Clearly brewing my own beer is the answer! I dabbled in home brewing in the late […]

  only reflections – walking in the rain Posted from Bainbridge Island, Washington, United States.

  dripping wet flowers, shine out under grey autumn skies

October 2012

Atlantis in the wind and rain   October 12th: In which the weather turns for the ride home I was awoken before dawn by wind and rain buffeting the tent. I’d been pretty closely watching the weather for this trip and while it was forecasted to rain on this day it wasn’t supposed to start […]

We meet only to part coming and going like white clouds, leaving traces so faint hardly a soul notices.   -Ryōkan   October 11th: Ocean While it never did clear up as expected the cloudy weather made for a much warmer and comfortable nights sleep. The night prior I slept in a stocking cap and […]

Hiker/Biker site at Twin Harbors State Park “We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.”   “• Aldo Leopold, as seen on the sign to the beach. October 10th: Westport […]

The Atlantis loaded up and ready to go October 8th: Prelude Autumn has long been my favorite season with it’s mix of weathers, crispness and that somewhat melancholy sense of change. It is often rather nice here in the Pacific NW in autumn and this year it has really been especially lovely.  I kept thinking […]

September 2012

About the first thing I encountered in New Hampshire My apologizes for the technical issues and lack of posting here. It turns out that my database was 96% full so I moved my other blog to another server (if your links are now messed up, the Spiral Cage blog can now be found here: http://www.hollowearthrecordings.com/blog/ […]

August 2012

My Atlantis disassembled just out of the box Three weeks to the day that I dropped my Atlantis off at Bar Harbor Bicycle Shop it has finally returned to me. But damn did they overzealously break it down for boxing. I can understand much of the disassembly they did but was it necessary to take […]

flowers, somewhat faded in the dwindling sunlight – summer wanes a cat amongst the weeds suddenly looks up still sitting; still listening to the rain a cat in the alley pauses briefly – a soft rain begins the sun shines down on me – still strong, but weakening Macro photo set on Flickr

Between layers of clouds   How cool it is! The clouds have great peaks and small peaks   -Issa   Water running down Yestersay it had had been overcast and by evening rather cool (which I have to admit was nice). It started to rain when I went to bed and would continue to so […]

The naked Atlantis at the Bar Harbor Bicycle Shop   As I grow old even the length of the day brings tears.   -Issa   All things must pass This is my final day in Bar Harbor and I spent the bulk of it preparing for departure. I took the final ride of the tour: […]

The Atlantic from Cadillac Mountain The spring sea — all day long it rises and falls, rises and falls   -Yosa Buson Vanishing Point If a tourist town can wear one down I always can find solace in the woods. So this day I spent at Acadia National Park riding the Carriage Paths and up […]

Baa-Haa-Baa Hollyhocks fall to the ground trampled underfoot at the festival   -Masaoka Shiki 100 days of solitude Today was the hundredth day since I handed over the keys to my apartment in Seattle and set off: homeless and filled with wanderlust. While I, of course, always intended to cross country at that point it […]

Bar Harbor Pushed on by a flowing wind I come out to the sea   -Hōsai Ozaki country Today I completed my cross country ride from Seattle, around the Olympic Peninsula to Bar Harbor Maine. This last day of riding was a bit mixed: most of it was on highways 1 and 3 and there […]

Sunset at Belfast Bay the deep clear blue water shines brightly “” my sad shadow   -Santoka Long Shadow Today or tomorrow had to be a longer day due to camping options and I wanted it to be today. But I was slow to get started and took perhaps too many long breaks which led […]

Brunswick Cemetary The image, as in a Hexagram:   The hermit locks his door against the blizzard. He keeps the cabin warm.   All winter long he sorts out all he has. What was well started shall be finished. What was not, should be thrown away.   In spring he emerges with one garment and […]

Summit of Kancamagus Pass over the mountain’s silence silent rain   -Santoka Last pass to cross past (perhaps) Today I crossed the seventh (eighth if you count the Middlebury Gap) pass of the tour and crossed into Maine the 14th and final state of the tour (plus one Canadian Provence). The day was again hot […]

Covered bridge in Vermont alone crossing the mountain”” another mountain   -Santoka Green to White Mountains Today I rode from the dwindling Green Mountains in Vermont to the foothills of the White Mountains in New Hampshire. No passes today but I have to say this was among the toughest riding I’ve done. The 25 miles […]

New England! Cold Mountain Road’s a joke, no cart track, no horse trail. Creeks like veins, but still it’s hard to mark the twists. Fields and fields of crags for crops, it’s hard to say how many. Tears of dew upon a thousand kinds of grasses; the wind sings best in one kind of pine. […]

Falling water in the Adirondacks Since I came to dwell up on Cold Mountain how many ten thousands of years have gone by . . . Accepting chance and change, I hid away by a spring in a grove; perched there, just watching, I was satisfied. Not many come, out among these cliffs, but white […]

Adriondacks across the lake 25:1:68   Sadly unroll sleepingbag: The missing lid for teapot!   -Philip Whalen Into green hills mountains While the route was, if anything, even more hilly than yesterday and the heat and humidity about the same this was a much more enjoyable day of riding. It was mostly in the woods […]

July 2012

Camp under the oak Awake a moment Mind dreams again Red roses black-edged petals   -Philip Whalen Lakeside to foothills There was only a couple of miles along Lake Ontario before my route turned eastwards again. Thus we bid a fond adieu to the Great Lakes – I won’t see such large bodies of water […]

The sun sets over Lake Ontario FOR NOTHING (excerpt)   A flower for nothing; an offer; no taker   Snow-trickle, feldspar, dirt.   -Gary Snyder Climbing the coastline Today the route followed the curve of Lake Ontario trending Northeast all day. It would duck in from the waterside for many miles but always returned. It […]

A section of the Erie Canal In the field where everything has dried out, my footsteps   -Hōsai Ozaki Low bridge, everybody down It rained overnight and when I arose it was fully overcast with clouds threatening to rain again. This was another day spent mostly on the Towpath though I reached the end of […]

Lock 34/35 on the Erie Canal A vague shape from behind – Into the drizzle, Disappearing. -Santoka Back in the U.S.S.A. It rained again overnight and was cool, overcast and quite humid as I left the hostel. The ride up along the gorge from Niagara Falls has many an interesting sight from whirlpools to dams […]

Your browser does not support the video tag Niagara Falls STRATEGIC AIR COMMAND   The hiss and flashing lights of a jet Pass near Jupiter in Virgo. He asks, how many satellites in the sky? Does anyone know where they all are? What are they doing, who watches them?   Frost settles on the sleeping […]

Canada! (said like “Benway!” in this clip, but with an extra syllable) MAPS AND MOUNTAINS   California topo maps all rolled up (“Roll up the sky like a hide”) Shall I ever be in those bright mountains, ever again?   -Philip Whalen A brief sojourn into Canada After a quite pleasant night at Evangola State […]

Now I’m really in the NE SAYING FAREWELL AT THE MONASTERY AFTER HEARING THE OLD MASTER LECTURE ON “RETURN TO THE SOURCE”   At the last turn in the path                 “goodbye–”                 –bending, bowing,             […]

State number twelve HOW POETRY COMES TO ME   It comes blundering over the Boulders at night, it stays Frightened outside the Range of my campfire I go to meet it at the Edge of the light   -Gary Snyder A change in the air This morning dawned overcast and later began to drizzle – […]

Lake Erie IS   Here’s a dragonfly                (T OTA L LY) Where it was,           that place no longer exists.   -Philip Whalen This summer I hear the drumming This was the third long day in a row, driven primarily by the spacing of […]

The Backatcha Bandit strikes again Develop a mind which rests on no thing whatever.   -The Diamond Sutra Should have been done long ago The wind continued to be against me on this day but instead of the ~18mph it was instead a sedate ~6mph. There was however none of the morning clouds so it […]

Ohio NEVER AGAIN   Hot this morning, long before sunrise All my bones ache and Rilke’s ghost Titters in the closet, Frailing His clanky lyre. The summer grasshopper plague May now be over.   -Philip Whalen We’re finally on our own This day dawned drizzly, grey and cool – it was like the PNW in […]

George Rickey, Twenty-Four Lines, 1968 How Zen Masters Are Like Mature Herring   So few become full grown And how necessary all the others;     Gifts to the food chain     feeding another universe.   These big ones feed sharks.   -Gary Snyder Fast moves in Fort Wayne This was the second of the short days that […]

metal giants stride across the cornfields dealing electricity with both hands When Giants roamed the earth My night at Kil-So-Quah was pretty rough as the temperatures stayed pretty much in the 80s until near dawn. I also kept being disturbed by a little raccoon that kept going for my food bag. I’d put a lock […]

on Salamonie River Dam The nature of the Mind when understood, No human speech can compass or disclose. Enlightenment is naught to be attained, And he that gains it does not say he knows. -Bodhidharma Don’t pass me by This was one of these days that had a bit of about everything. Right as I […]

Sunset over Lake Fletcher No matter what, you are lonely, my shadow: I move it to see   -Hōsai Ozaki Chasing shadows The temperatures have been rising and this day was clear and blue and would get to the upper 90s (f). Riding away from Iroquois, back among the fields, I soon crossed the border […]

King Corn In the tree’s shade – A wind, Travellers both.   -Santoka flatland Back again amongst the corn and soy in the heat, this was probably the most monotonous day yet of the tour. Almost completely flat with just the gentlest of rollers now and again. There was a light breeze from the west […]

Sunset over old Route 66 In sunrise beauty, Saying farewell.   -Santoka Parting of the ways It is the way of the road that for a time you may end up camping with the same group of people night after night. Then your days fall out of sync and once again one is on ones […]

Wind Power Wet, Yet walking in the rain, This is a care-free journey.   -Santoka Tilting against windmills Really humid this morning and though there were clouds to block the direct sun it just got hotter and more uncomfortable as the day wore on. The landscape was again almost all cornfields with the occasional rolling […]

Last view of the Mississippi if I cross – How many mountains and rivers, When shall I reach, The realm of no loneliness. Today also traveling.   -Bokusui Farewell Big Muddy Today I rode away from the Mississippi which has been a near constant companion since Itasca, MN. The nights camping on the edge of […]

Land o’ Lincoln As if it told a lie, the day moon, there it is   -Hōsai Ozaki A long, hot slog to Illinois The day dawned with perfectly clear skies and it would become as hot as its been in a while. That plus rills pretty much all day and a light headwind most […]

Guardian of the Garden The clouds, Hurrying by, Making a good moon.   -Santoka Rough roads in Iowa The route mainly stuck to the ridges on this day, but went down and climbed back up several times making for a hilly morning. By the afternoon it had mostly flattened out with rollers. The landscape had […]

Stone table Zazen on Ching-t’ing Mountain   The birds have vanished from the sky. Now the last cloud drains away.   We sit together, the mountain and me, until only the mountain remains.   -Li Po In which we climb out of the Mississippi River valley The route turned away from the Mississippi twice today, […]

on the Great River Off-Road trail Settling, white dew does not discriminate, each drop its home   -Sōin Three states, one day I decided to ride the Great River Off-Road trail just across the Mississippi in Wisconsin inside of the primary route. So I crossed the river on this big bridge and rode the hwy […]

It was like a fire in the sky Everyone’s journey through this world is the same, so I won’t complain. Here on the plains of Nasu, I place my trust in the dew. -Sōgi After the storm Last night, around midnight, a thunderstorm rolled through bringing with it torrential rain and cooler temperatures. After it […]

Back in Minnesota (again) Idly, I wander to the flowering peak. Morning sun: its glory blazing All around, in sunlit emptiness White clouds, and cranes, fly.   -Han Shan Wisconsin, no Minnesota, aaaarrrrggg The heat wave continued on though it had been forecasted to break today. There were high thin clouds as I left camp […]

Park in Stillwater In the tree’s shade – A wind, Travellers both.   -Santoka Back on the fire Back on the road today after my long break at my cousins in Minneapolis. Huge thanks to my cousin and his family for the hospitality and the help in getting me ready for the next part of […]

Fireworks at the Stone Arch bridge, Minneapolis (not my pic) Celebrate America by blowing up a piece of it Another day off at my cousins. I’d planned to be out of campgrounds on the fourth so another bit of good timing with my arrival in the Twin Cities. I spent the morning running errands and […]

Alexander Calder, The Spinner (1966) Walker Art Center Another rest day in the Twin Cities. This one I spent at the Walker Art Center and the associated Minneapolis Scultpure Garden. Really an excellent sculpture park with nice pieces from Alexander Calder, Richard Serra, James Turrell, Sol LeWitt, Isamu Naguchi, Mark di Suvero and many, many […]

Since I didn’t ride today, here’s a trail into Minnesota Re-up I’m spending a few days at my cousins in the Maple Grove suburb of Minneapolis. The timing on my arrival was fortuitous as the heat wave that is plaguing the bulk of the nation is in full force here as well. I also was […]

Paddleboat on the Saint Croix river in Stillwater, MN no place to hide from the blazing sun the water flows by   -Santoka Spur The days just keep getting hotter and the humidity just saps your soul. Luckily this was a short day prior to a few days off in the Twin Cities. I rode […]

June 2012

Entering Wisconsin Down in the village the din of flute and drum, here in the mountains everywhere the sound of the pines   -Ryōkan On, Wisconsin A long, hot exhausting day today. The campgrounds have become sparse on the route and there are none at the terminus of this section of the route, Stillwater, MN. […]

Tires eye view It’s all falling or burning —      rattle of boulders      steady dribbling of rocks down cliffs      bark chips in creeks Porcupine chased here —           Smoke From Tillamook a thousand miles Soot and hot ashes. Forest fires Upper Skagit burned I think 1919 Smoke covered all northern Washington.      lightening strikes, flares, Blossoms a fire […]

Flooded roads Ice is civilization.   -Paul Thoreaux, The Mosquito Coast Walking on water wasn’t built in a day I fled from the mosquito infested campground without even cooking breakfast and headed to the tiny town of Jacobson where I got my coffee. The locals there told me the flooding had my the genially bad […]

Threatening Alone, Being eaten by mosquitos.   -Santoka Of thunderstorms and mosquitos The morning was hot and humid and there wasn’t much between where I’d camped and Grand Rapids. So I pressed on through farmland and trees, the light wind generally against me. As per usual the wind began to pick up in the afternoon, […]

Crossing the Mississippi Upon the hearth the fire is red, Beneath the roof there is a bed; But not yet weary are our feet, Still around the corner we may meet A sudden standing stone That none have seen but we alone. Tree and flower and leaf and grass, Let them pass! Let them pass! […]

Arriving at the Mississippi Headwaters Hostel I purify myself in the blue water rushing over the rocks   -Santoka Itasca State Park It was only an hour or so ride to the entrance to Itasca State Park and overall a pleasant mornings ride. The wind was still out of the east, but now the southeast […]

Sunset at Hungryman Lake the sky at sunset a cup of sake would taste so good!   -Santoka Hungryman stalks the White Earth It was a hot humid ride with a headwind most of the day. Tiring. But after some initial farmland the route wended between the White Earth Reservation and the Tamarac Wildlife Refuge […]

At the City Park in Hitterdal Only the ants at the bottom of the burning sky, what the world has come to -Hōsai Ozaki Tass times in Hitterdal It had been a pretty miserable night at the Fargo campground, a guy in the next tent over worked his way through most of a case of […]

Public art in Fargo summer heat soaks into every living thing   -Santoka Riding into summer Today it was clear, hot and humid with a light headwind. One of the longer rides I had to do, but this was one of those cases where I’d stayed at the furtherest east campground and the next one […]

Fields and clouds Know The trees know stars to be sources Like the sun, of their life; But many and tiny sprinkled through the dark When, where has the sun gone– -Gary Snyder Yellowstone Today’s was a pleasant and rather quick ride. A quite strong wind on this day, but as it was going my […]

Mu As the crickets’ soft autumn hum is to us, so are we to the trees   as are they   To the rocks and the hills.   -Gary Snyder On the longest day of the year Summer solstice; the first day of summer. As per the pattern the wind had shifted and I had […]

Concretion from The Late Snow & Lumber Strike of the Sumer of Fifty-Four   Climbing the steep ridge below Shuksan clumps of pine float out of the fog No place to think or work drifting.   -Gary Snyder Blowin’ in the wind Back on the road with thunderstorms predicted and as per the pattern the […]

Prometheus Stealing fire Took a much needed day off in the capitol city of North Dakota, Bismarck. Did the usual off day biz but also went and saw a movie: the new Ridley Scott picture, Prometheus. Short review – decent bit of fairly “hard SF” but it’s kinda sloppy and overstuffed and is definitely no […]

Trains don’t use cabooses anymore; this one was in a park “The moon and sun are eternal travelers. Even the years wander on. A life time adrift in a boat, or in old age leading a tired horse into the years, every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.”   — Bashō, […]

Chuang-tzu? nervously through the raindrops… spring butterfly     this world– the butterfly also toils busily   –Issa That’s not too bad I think I’ve got this figure out: the wind is predominately out of the west generally with a northerly or southerly bent which often switches mid-afternoon. When the wind shifts to being out […]

Painted Canyon in the Theodore Roosevelt National Park “Optimism is a good characteristic, but if carried to an excess, it becomes foolishness. We are prone to speak of the resources of this country as inexhaustible; this is not so.”   –Theodore Roosevelt Expect the unexpected After riding into this rocky, hillier terrain a return to […]

Hellooooo North Dakota All day long, today I have walked in the wind.   -Santoka I thought I was going to be in Montana forever I entered Montana on the afternoon of May 28th and left it in the afternoon of June 14th. 18 days in the state and nearly a thousand miles of riding. […]

Badlands The beauty of the sunset grieves not for old age   –Santoka Makoshika So the route turned back east today which was a relief as it put the wind behind me. That and it being overcast most of the day made for much more pleasant riding than the day before. The terrain was about […]

Endless fields I can’t do anything; my life of contradictions blown by the wind   –Santoka Unlucky 13S or heat, hills and headwinds Today we bid farewell to the “Hi-Line” and turn south. While the day had dawned sunny, calm and with nary a cloud in the sky, this was not to last. As I […]

Wet land My heart is happy on a spring day when I see the birds flocking together, playing.   -Ryōkan Subtle shifts The high plains are a thing of beauty, but it’s a subtle beauty: slight variances in heights, shades of green, tend and brown, shifting shadows. Today, mostly sunny and with a steady tailwind […]

Twilight in Glasgow Wind blows dark clouds across the lake — and birds are singing A difference of direction The day began sunny and windy but over the reservoir was a line of black clouds rolling in by the time I’d broken camp it was completely overcast and I was in the strongest wind yet. […]

Sunset over the reservoir I’m on travel; Until my monk’s robe dries up, Wind comes from the weeds.   -Santoka Blowin’ in the wind Things continue apace – a strong tailwind continues and the high plains roll on. Really not much between Harlem and the town of Malta. Rolling hills, wind behind, though sometimes more […]

Storm in the distance Those clouds threw a rain shower; I’m wet through. -Santoka Riding in the storm Leaving Havre the wind had completed it rotation around and was now a vicious headwind. The road climbed a bit out of town and then settled down as it began to follow the Milk River. Behind me […]

The Road For a hollow mind two eyes are open   -Hōsai Ozaki Burnt by the road The day dawned cloudless with pure blue sky and warming fast. The tailwind I had enjoyed the day before was still going strong but shifted to become more of a crosswind. Not as enjoyable. The scenery was the […]

The high plains A floating weed with a tiny flower blooming in the wind -Hōsai Ozaki High plains drifting So toward sunset a massive thunderstorm began. Crazy strong wind, regular lightening and then rain; becoming torrential rain. I hung out in the RV Park rec room listening to the wind howl and the thunder, until […]

Mountains receding The wind blows hard among the pines toward the beginning of an endless past. Listen: you’ve heard everything.   -Shinkichi Takahashi In which I leave the mountains behind Nicest morning in a long time with warm sun and a light breeze heading my way. I made good time to Browning, which is the […]

Across the great divide The mountain slopes crawl with lumberjacks axing everything in sight — yet crimson flowers burn along the stream   -Chin-doba Last pass, perhaps? I had originally thought I’d spend another day at Glacier but what with it not being fully operational and it looking like a break in the weather I […]

Sacred Dancing Cascade Glacier National Park Today was a rest day in Glacier, but basically Glacier isn’t really fully operational yet. A lot of campgrounds are closed, the Going-to-the-Sun Road isn’t fully open yet and the shuttle service isn’t running. So faced with either bicycling around to see stuff or taking an organized tour I […]

Glacier National Park What Bliss — empty roads into shrouded mountains; the spring rain Made it! to Glacier While it had cleared up last night, by the morning it was pouring rain. I got up during a break but as I took advantage of the facilities it returned harder than ever. So I just packed […]

Rain clouds streaming down Lake Dickey In the rain I wash my muddy hands.   –Hōsai Ozak It’s not all sunshine and lollipops On a long tour eventually you are going to have better days than others. After the morning drizzle of yesterday, today it was full on rain driven by a westward wind (i.e. […]

Lake Dickey “Nothing would ever change; nothing new could ever be expected. It had to end, and it did. Now in the dark world where I dwell, ugly things, and surprising things, and sometimes little wondrous things, spill out in me constantly, and I can count on nothing.”   – Philip K. Dick, A Scanner […]

May 2012

Lake Koocanusa Careful! Even moonlit dewdrops, if you’re lured to watch, are a wall before truth.   -Sogyo Dam Lake Spent the bulk of this day riding first up to the Libby Dam and the along Lake Koocanusa, the reservoir created by the dam. Pretty uphill for a bit and then rolling along the edges […]

Bull River Don’t tell me how difficult the Way The birds path, winding far, is right Before you. Water of the Dokei Gorge You return to the ocean, I to the mountain.   -Hofuku Scikatsu Cabinet I spent most of this days ride going through the Cabinet Mountain Wilderness which was quite scenic and lightly […]

Montana! One room, one bed — enough. One jar, one bowl. A road runs to the village; There’s not a house I know.   -Ryuge Panhandling to Montana The Idaho Panhandle is only about 60 miles wide so after about half of this days ride I found myself in the third state of the tour. […]

Sandpoint At rest in Sandpoint I definitely was played out from all the mountain work and felt a rest day was in order. It being the Memorial Day Weekend (the official start of the camping season) I decided to leave the campgrounds to the amateurs and stayed at the K2 Inn in Sandpoint. Decent enough […]

Oh, Idaho on the water the reflection of a wanderer   -Santoka Many milestones On this day three milestones: I entered Idaho, the second state of the tour, I crossed 1000 miles of riding and I completed section 1 of the Northern Tier. The ride continued right where it had left off yesterday: on the […]

Snookum Creek Never deny someone the opportunity to help you High Wind Advisory Pretty nice day riding all told. But it was super windy, enough so that the weather service had issued a High Wind Advisory. While I was in camp at Lake Leo a huge branch fell off a tree not far from me. […]

Lake Leo Cloud Semaphore   Ah, it’s great! Clear–clean– wind blowing farm tools twinkling vague mountains –lava plug magma all in a dream where there’s no time   when cloud semaphores We’re already hung in the stark blue east   The vague mountains… Wild geese will come Down to the four cedars tonight!   -Miyazama […]

Sherman Pass flowing down the mountain steepness the bright water   -Santoka Above the snow line It was a few miles to the summit of Wauconda Pass and though the air was cool this was a straightforward ride. The descent was also cold and clouds threatened rain e whole time. At the bottom of the […]

The land around Wauconda All day long, today I have walked in the wind.   -Santoka Wauconda The ride from Omak to Wauconda was a pleasant one, pushed along dusty hills by a tailwind. Tonasket had a nice Co-Op where I was able to get some essential supplies and lunch. Then the ascent on Wauconda […]

Clouds breaking up over Omak Resting in Omak Needing a break before the next pass I rode the short distance to Omak. Spent the day mostly indoors as it rained for a fair piece. But I had laundry I could do and coffee to drink and it was nice to take a break. Also updated […]

Loup Loup Pass My one aim, to be a wandering monk, how could I have lingered any longer? Lugging a water jug, I took leave of my old teacher, in high spirits set off for other parts, mornings climbing to the top of the lone peak, evenings crossing the dark seas flow. And while one […]

Descending from Washington Pass People ask about the Cold Mountain way: plain roads don’t get through to Cold Mountain. Middle of the summer, and the ice still hasn’t melted. Sunrise, and the mist would blind a hidden dragon. So, how could a man like me get here? My heart is not the same as yours, […]

Waterfall just off of Hwy 20 In the great canons Bruin reigns supreme. Happy fellow, whom no famine can reach while one of his thousand kinds of food is spared him. His bread is sure at all seasons, ranged on the mountain shelves, like stores in a pantry. From one to the other, up or […]

Snowcapped Shouldering firewood I climb down the green peak, green peak where trails are never level. Sometimes I rest under a tall pine, listen quietly to the voice of spring birds. -Ryōkan Into green mountains Excellent ride today, through a route I did last year but really loved. It mostly follows rivers – Skagit, and […]

The Skagit River with Cascade foothills in the background He who travels far will often see things Far removed from what he believed was Truth. When he talks about it in the fields at home, He is often accused of lying, For the obdurate people will not believe What they do not see and distinctly […]

The Olympic Peninsula Can’t help whistling, the morning, the woods, how blue -Hōsai Ozaki A glance back With the final ferry boat trip here on the west coast the Olympic Peninsula is left behind. A fond farewell is bit to Port Townsend and its many fine coffee houses and pubs. It has been a nice […]

Memory’s Vault Rest day in Port Townsend I spent this as one does rest days: resupplying, drinking coffee, doing laundry, wandering around, checking out bookstores, drinking beer and going out for dinner. In the evening I explored Fort Warden and stumbled upon the excellent Memory’s Vault from which I’ll leave one of the poems inscribed […]

My Atlantis at the S’Klallam Tribal center On three cups five cups this fine wine I’m drunk — and once drunk I can pour for myself -Ryōkan Port Townsend The Olympic Discovery Trail runs right out of Sequim Bay State Park and ends a couple of miles outside of Blyn. Blyn is tribal lands of […]

Trestle on the Olympic Discovery Trail Evening sun’s long farewell, loneliness, mountain. -Hōsai Ozaki Return to civilization I particularly enjoy riding in regions where the services are few and the camping primitive. But every few days it’s nice to get back to where you can get a draft beer. Today began a portion of this […]

The sun setting to the northwest It’s a lonely road that has no turning. -Santoka Tenada 112E The first part of the ride today was backtracking to the 113/112 intersection. A lovely, cloudless day it had warmed up enough by lunchtime that I was riding sans socks (first time this trip). Once I joined 112E […]

The view from the most Northwesterly point in the US The sound of waves regular, the day is breaking. -Hōsai Ozaki Beginnings The ride out to Cape Flattery was quite similar to yesterday’s at first. Not far from Snow Creek you enter the Makah Reservation and the town of Neah Bay. From there the route […]

Seastacks and fishing boats Life seems neither long nor short, and we take no more heed to save time or make haste than do the trees and stars. -John Muir Amongst the fishermen I rode all new roads today and this has been my favorite riding so far. Highway 113 from 101 north was a […]

Atlantis off the coast Only the wind blows through the day, my troubling thoughts. -Hōsai Ozaki When in the rainforest… The good weather couldn’t last, not in spring on the coast and certainly not in the rain forest. It rained most of the way to Forks and it was a cold rain, pushed by wind. […]

Setting sun over the true west “No rock landscape is more varied in sculpture, none more delicately modeled than these landscapes of the sky.” -John Muir Against the wind 101 turns eastward for a spell to loop around the Quinault Reservation. This was all through commercial forest land, some second (or third) growth, plenty clear […]

Sunset over Lake Quinault How far has he gone, where has he wandered, chasing after dragonflies? -Kaga-no-Chiyo Between two lakes Rode from Lake Sylvia to Lake Quinault in just ideal weather. A scenic backcountry ride through forest land, green valley farms and (alas) clear cuts. Not much out there but trees, sun, the road and […]

Lake Sylvia “One is forever on the way yet has never left home. Another has left home yet is not on the way. Which one deserves to receive the offerings of humans and devas?” -Lin-ji Always leaving home Left on Stage Two of my journey and rode from Olympia to Lake Sylvia State Park. The […]

View Northern Tier Route in a larger map (GPS data from the Adventure Cycling Association)   “…I have always been drawn by windblown clouds into dreams of a lifetime of wandering.” -Bashō Tour 2012 is currently underway. I moved out of my apartment in Seattle on April 30th and rode down to Hood Canal. I […]

Washington State Capitol building, Olympia WA Ballad of the the Voyager Ocean voyager, on heaven’s winds, in his ship, far wandering… Like a bird, among the clouds, gone, he will leave no trace. -Li Po [note: I wrote these posts for the first couple of days of the tour after completing the tour] Respite The tour had […]

Tree over snow-melt fed stream “The older you get the stronger the wind gets – and it’s always in your face.” – Pablo Picasso [note: I wrote these posts for the first couple of days of the tour after completing the tour] Mayday After a rather fitful night’s sleep (my camp was pretty close to the road) […]

April 2012

Stream in Twanoh State Park “One right to which few intellectuals care to lay claim is the right to wander, the right to vagrancy. And yet vagrancy is emancipation, and life on the road is liberty: one day bravely to throw off the shackles with which modern life and the weakness of our heart encumber […]

The Power! The Power! The Power! The Power! On the Adventure Cycling Association Blog they recently posted a list of 10 Things you Might Think You Need On Tour But Really Don’t which in the main is a pretty good list but includes at number 9, a Solar Charger which I take some issue with. […]

My Atlantis stripped bare by her bachelors, even Part I: DIY Things have been pretty solid with my Atlantis for years now really, but as I’ve mentioned in the past I’m trying to replace all the original components. This year that included the rear derailleur which since I replaced the front one last summer completes […]

Showers on part of this ride I’ve been living in Seattle for about nine months now (and of course just across Lake Washington for 12+ years) and am going to at the end of this month set out on an extended bicycle tour. I’ve moved in at the tail end of summer and was here […]

Last photo of my 1991 Honda Civic Today I sold my 1991 Honda Civic and have finally gone car free. I bought this car in 1999 when I was commuting from Olympia to Seattle in a 1969 VW Bug.  It served me well for that commute (which fortunately would only last another few months) and […]

  I’m nearing the end of my process of drastically reducing the amount of stuff that I own (as discussed here and here) and I thought I’d discuss a bit of the results of all of this. I’ve been converting a lot of atoms into bits; music into digital files, books into eBooks, objects into […]

    Cancel all Debts Robbers never strike at the homes of the poor; Private wealth does not benefit the entire nation. Calamity has its source in the accumulated riches of a few, People who lose their souls for ten thousand coins. -Ikkyu (1394-1491)

March 2012

Watch out for that train! It’s been a rainy week in Seattle (and all around the PNW), with strong wind, sleet and even wet snow on a few days.  And it was just starting to seem like spring was around the corner. Of course it is, less than two weeks away, and this wetter chillier […]

  It’s been really nice of late and I’ve been more interested in riding than writing if you catch my meaning. However the weather has turned to pretty typical Pacific NW late winter/early spring – colder with persistent rain. Of course this doesn’t deter me from riding, but things do tend to be more utilitarian […]

February 2012

Cattle Point Lighthouse So this is it, the final day of the Shakedown Tour. I rambled around San Juan Island until mid-afternoon on this day and then ferried back to Fidalgo Island. From there it was about an hour of driving and I was back at my place in Woodinville.  Thus my first attempt at […]

Pi This was the fourth day of my 2003 Shakedown Tour around Fidalgo, Guemes and San Juan Islands. This day was spent entirely on San Juan Island where I took two ~20 mile trips, basically circumnavigating the island. For the intro to this series and details on the source narrative and such see the day 1 […]

The Golden Road This was the third day of my 2003 Shakedown Tour around Fidalgo, Guemes and San Juan Islands.  On this day I drove back from Woodinville to the ferry terminal on Fidalgo Island and took the ferry to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. This sucked up pretty much all of this day. […]

Mount Erie on Fidalgo Island This was the second day of my 2003 Shakedown Tour around Fidalgo, Guemes and San Juan Islands.  On this day I rode on Guemes and Fidalgo and then drove back to Seattle to see a concert after which I stayed at my apartment in Woodinville. I’d be back in the […]

The great Pull & Be Damned Rd. [Update 02.21.12: I found my journal from this “tour” which it turns out I was just transcribing in the document I published below. So I’ve transcribed the rest of this day and edited the post accordingly.] Introduction 2012 I’ve talked about what initially got me interested in bicycle […]

January 2012

(I wrote this about 6 months ago and am republishing it here with some recent updates. This is the promised follow up to the earlier Too much of everything post.) I’m in the throes of a process I’m referring to as “radical detachment” in which I’m riding myself of much ephemera that I’ve held onto […]

My Atlantis in Seattle’s Olympic Sculpture Garden. Been a slow start to 2012, what with holiday travel and then a solid week of snow and ice upon my return.  But things have been picking up this week which has had some sunny (though cold) days.  Of course I’m not a fair weather rider at all […]

December 2011

Today, the shortest day of the year, is also the last day I’ll be riding in 2011.  Tomorrow I set off to visit family for the holidays and won’t return until 2012.   Once a week I ride (mostly; I’ve taken the bus a couple of times) over to Bellevue, which is just across Lake […]

November 2011

November is historically the peak of storm season in Western Washington but it doesn’t really kick in until mid-month. This year appears to be no exception with storm season beginning today, but yesterday was a perfect autumn day.  We are at the point where the trees have fully changed colors, but most of the leaves […]

October 2011

September 7th 2011 I walk around the city pretty much every day.  Here is a selection of photographs, mostly taken with my at hand iPhone, from various neighborhoods within walking distance of my University District apartment.  I’ve added a new set on Flickr, Still Walking, to house these photographs which should be regularly updated. October […]

Autumn is certainly in full force now and while we still have beautiful days, apparently El Nino has pushed the weather patterns closer to late October at this point. But three weeks ago it was still quite nice (through increasingly variable) and I decided to ride to Olympia to spend a long weekend with a […]

September 2011

I still need to get the rest of my non-cameraphone pics up (should be done over the next week or so) and do a pass on the earlier posts to correct the auto-correct errors and such, but here is the final Tour 2009 index to all the posts and pictures. I’ll edit this out when […]

At various points in a day of riding songs run through ones mind.  I mostly listen to instrumental music these days so the songs that come unbidden into my mind are often from my teen or college years.  A number of songs ran through my mind on this tour – the Talking Heads Heaven was […]

It’s been a couple of weeks since I returned from tour but frankly I don’t really feel like I have much of a grasp on this experience. I billed this as an “unexpected tour” and I have to say that’s not entirely accurate.  I don’t want to get too much into the whole exiting of […]

Monday 08.29.11:  Sunshine Point Campground (closed) to Olympia I slept very poorly this night; I have to admit that stealth camping is perhaps not in my constitution. I got up basically at first light when there was still a few stars visible and Venus shiny brightly well into the early dawn. I quickly put everything […]

Sunday 08.28.11:  Mount Rainier National Park – Ohanapecosh Campground to Sunshine Point Campground The ride up to Paradise is basically equivalent to another mountain pass – 4500, about 2500 feet of climbing from Ohanapecosh.  As usually I wanted to hit the road early, especially as the park is crowded and the road up is a […]

Friday 08.27.11: Mount Rainier National Park This day was technically a rest day, really the only day on this tour I spent without at least a little bicycling. I spent it hiking instead which actually tired me out just as much I think. It was a beautiful day, warm but comfortable enough inside the forests. […]

August 2011

Thursday 08.26.11: Mount Rainier National Park There was indeed no internet or even phone access until I was half back to Olympia on the final day of the tour. I spent day 14 and 15 in Mount Rainier hiking around and taking a bit of time away from the bicycle.  However on day 14 I […]

Thursday 08.25.11: Windy Point Campground to Mount Rainier National Park I again set off early in an attempt to beat the heat across the pass. Also there was the wildcard of the roadwork to contend with. It was overcast and cool and a headwind greeted me as I hit the road. The riding was fairly […]

Wednesday 08.24.112: Ellensburg to Windy Point Campground I made full use of the hotel, it’s laundry, it’s free breakfast, WiFi and power. Hence I ended up on the road later than I have of late. This was unfortunate as it was a scorcher, the hottest day yet.

Tuesday 08.23.112: Preshastin to Ellensburg Today I climbed the second pass of the tour and in light of this I again rose early to try to beat the heat. It was looking to be yet another hot day with blue skies with only traces of cloud. 97 was pretty easy going for the first 7 […]

Monday 08.22.112: Lake Chelan State Park to Blu-Shastin RV Park and Campground. I did a lot of riding today and it was rather a mixed bag. The route from Lake Chelan State Park immediately climbed for a mile and a half but after that it descended into this truly excellent forested valley. It was cool […]

Sunday 08.21.11: Carlton to Lake Chelan State park I got up early to try to get the bulk of the riding done in the cooler morning. The ride down the last section of the Methow Valley thus began a bit chilly but warmed up ad I ride along. Very dry valley walls with the now […]

Saturday 08.20.12: Early Winters Campground to Carlton I spent a bunch of time in three little towns today, which made for a shorter day riding but an easy day after the tougher one the day before. First was Mazama at the Country Store to charge my phone and have a second breakfast. From there it […]

Friday 08.19.12: Colonial Creek Campground to Early Winters Campground I made my earliest start to date, wanting to cross the pass well before the hit afternoon but I still didn’t hit the road until 9:30. It was good and cool though, which as the road immediately began to climb was nice. The day is mostly […]

Like trickling water making it’s way through mossy crevices, I pass through this world clear, transparent. -Ryōkan Thursday 08.18.12: Newhalem Campground to Colonial Creek Campground This was sort of a rest day so as per tradition I’ll keep this short. Basically I’m at the verge of crossing the Cascade Mountains and I wanted to be […]

Surrounded by green mountains, white clouds left and right. If I meet a fellow traveler what news can I give him? -Ryōkan Wednesday 08.17.12: Rasar State Park to Newhalem Campground This was about as ideal a day bicycle touring as one can have. The day was sunny and clear, there was a tailwind most of […]

Tuesday 08.16.12: Anacortes WA to Rasar State Park I should start off by saying that staying at the motel in Anacortes was not an unexpected outcome. This tour is the least destination driven I have done – I basically have some time and an ultimate goal, but beyond that I’m taking it as it comes. […]

I was definitely tired from yesterday’s exertions as I end up sleeping until 9am. I was woken up earlier at first light with the pattering of soft rain, but it stopped quickly so I ignored it. When it came back I got up to cover my saddle which was good as it soon became hard […]

Blue sky, only a glimpse, and is it darkening -Hōsai Ozaki The first half of this days ride was along Hood Canal. The sky was overcast and threatening rain, but it never did. The road hugged the shore and was always going up or down, usually in pretty short segments. The tide was out and […]

A lucky, late Start I set off from Olympia around 1:30 which is a petty good start for me. The days ride was short, which was a good way to ease into it as I hadn’t been riding too much of late what with the moving and such. It was about perfect riding conditions: partially […]

My Rivendell Atlantis fully loaded and ready to head out on its latest adventure. At the end of July I was laid off from my job and had moved out of my house – a perfect time to head out on a tour.  I had some obligations to take care of: a family visit, securing […]

Parking my Atlantis in a little neighborhood park in West Olympia. I moved out of the house I’ve been living in, in Kirkland, WA at the end of July and didn’t have a new place to move into until September 1st.  So I’ve been spending the last couple of weeks with a friend in Olympia, […]

A few years ago my grandfather on my mothers side of the family died and I was one of the people that went through his apartment helping to depose of his possessions. Its an odd experience to be in a space that has been someones life, finding the objects that they have attached some memories […]

July 2011

The Naked Atlantis   I mentioned in an earlier post that I was replacing components as I was going along this year and this weekend I did some extensive updates.  My long lasting Shimano brakes were driving me crazy with what a pain they were to adjust and replace pads so a few weeks ago […]

There are men these days seek a road to the clouds, cloud roads, dark and trackless. Mountains are high with many dangerous crags, green crags above and down below as well. And cloud roads, where are they? Cloud roads are empty; clouds roads are in empty space. -Han Shan, translated by J.P. Seaton

The weather had really turned nice over the Fourth of July weekend, with Saturday predicted to be the sunniest, with temps edging into “hot” territory.  When it gets hot I like to ride into the mountains, or on an island and as I’d ridden into the mountains (or at least foothills) the weekend before, islands […]

Space Shuttle Atlantis on the launch pad before its final flight. I was 8 years old when the first shuttle flight in 1981 occurred and space was still huge for us kids.  The space race wasn’t like it was in 1969 but the shuttle was kind of the end of that era – the last real big […]

June 2011

WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS by Shel Silverstein   There is a place where the sidewalk ends And before the street begins, And there the grass grows soft and white, And there the sun burns crimson bright, And there the moon-bird rests from his flight To cool in the peppermint wind Let us leave this place […]

2005 Rivendell Atlantis As I mentioned in the post about my Safari these entries are based on the bicycle pages on my old Those Who Look at the Sunset website. My whole philosophy of cycling evolved from touring – I’d been reading tourist accounts and started off quite practical.  I came to Rivendell from that stance […]

2003 Novara Safari REI’s 2003 Novara Safari was my first touring bicycle and primary ride for several years until I got my Atlantis. When I got the Atlantis I’d added info pages to my old web based bicycling site and this is the data from that page. This setup reflect the Safari as of the […]

I wasn’t sure where I was going to go, just that I needed to go. The paucity of cycling for this year was exacerbated by my Jury Duty for which I ended up taking the bus into Seattle for 7 days out of 10.  Thus I was not even getting in my typical commute ride. […]

May 2011

May is National Bike Month and this Friday is Bike to Work Day.  Now I’ve often taken part in Cascade’s Commute Challenge, usually riding every work day in May, but now and again comp time from work or a planned vacation occurs in May. This May is one of those times, with not only comp time […]

The seemingly interminable project I’ve been working on has finally come to an end and I’m on call as it awaits approval fir manufacture. This spring has been wet and cold but warm days have begun to appear though so far they have been few and separated by a return to cold and wet. So […]

April 2011

Can’t help whistling, the morning, the woods, how blue. -Hōsai Ozaki As I’ve noted earlier this has been a long, cold, wet winter in which I’ve been extremely busy with a project at work.  All of these conditions have added up to the slowest cycling spring I’ve had in years.  Well things have finally slowed […]

“The lesson of TAO is more likely to be found among gardeners, hermits, mountain people, smiling eccentrics, those who build their own homes, children, parents who learn from their children, loafers, amateurs, serene psychotics, animals, those who look at the sunset, men who walk in the woods, woods, beautiful women, cooks, those who sit by […]

  While I’m never going to be a daily (or even weekly) blogger I never intended for it to be this bleak here.  The truth is that I’ve only really done one ride of interest since my last post (which I still should write up).  Work has been unbelievably crazy this winter (I’ve been working on a […]

September 2010

Atlantis in Poulsbo The primary reason I’m a member of the Cascade Cycling Club is to support their advocacy work, but I do try to do one of their rides every year or so. Previously I’ve ridden Chilly Hilly (reports on these rides here) and RSVP (my report here), but the one other ride of […]

” Single people, whoever they are, feel their lonliness most acutely when they come home from a trip. Everything is there just the way it was when they set out. The flower in the vase has dried up, but the desk itself hasn’t moved.”  -Santoka from his journals. Reflecting on this tour I think it […]

Returning home — cold, gray day The final ride; the ride home. As I stated earlier, all routes within a days ride of home are famalier routes and well documented in these pages. So not really much to say about this days ride.  South Whidey was the most novel, I’ve ridden it a number of […]

Sound of waves far off close by how much longer to live? -Santoka Things tend to work out, that’s been my experience anyway. That is to say when you leaving things to chance, unplanned where something can easily go wrong it tends to work out. Of course I’ve had my share if misfortune and things […]

“it’s still summer!” Yet the geese are crying — “Not for long, not for long”. This pretty much is it; a short day entirely on a Rail-Trail ending at the hostel in Victoria. There are three primary routes to Seattle from Victoria and I’ve done them all. So today has the last bit of new […]

A world of trials and if the cherry blossoms, it simply blossoms. -Issa This was one of those days where any hassles one has gone through seem absolutely worth it. And yet it began auspiciously enough with the power going out in Port Renfrew. I was still able to take a hot morning shower and […]

August 2010

I’m not sure I’ve ever been as wet as I was today. It started raining when I went to sleep last night and it hadn’t stopped by the time I got up. This was a real rain too, not just drizzle. It rained while I packed up, rained while I had breakfast, did laundry and […]

It was another long day today with even more miles ridden, but I don’t feel nearly as beat down as I did yesterday. Perhaps it is acclimatization, perhaps I simply spaced it out better but I think it was the lack of wind. Wind from the sea butterflies in the embankment weeds never resting -Santoka […]

The further north I go Colder and colder these Late summer nights Today would my last day on the Sunshine Coast and the first on Vancouver Island. I would also hit the apex of my northern travels and begin the southward journey. I am now past the halfway point of the tour and from here […]

Today I did something I’ve wanted to do for a long time: wild camping, which is to say camping outside of a campground. Not true “stealth” camping where one is trespassing, no I’m on land where it is okay to camp. But it has a completely different feel to it: no services, nobody around, just […]

After the hermitage of my tent the two nights in the hostel were positively decadent. So it is not without some relief that I left the big city and returned to camping. The city is always lively and filled with things to do but it can be hard. I walk a lot when I visit […]

At last it’s cleared up; Today I will do the wash. – Santoka A day off from my travels, a chance to catch up on the mundane details but also a chance to walk around this great city. I spent the morning on those activities (laundry, currency exchange, blah, blah, blah), but the afternoon I […]

Its a serious juxtaposition, walking around the streets of Vancouver, one of the largest cities on the west coast, mere days after being in a campsite in the Cascades without even potable water. I’m staying at the downtown Vancouver hostel, which I have to say is pretty nice, with the exception of an ensuite bathroom […]

An interim post from the Seaside Cafe in Blaine, WA just at the US/Canada boarder. I’m posting now in case Im not able to for a while. IIRC AT&T will shaft me if I use the cellular data network so once I enter Canada it’ll be WiFi only. So posting may be sporadic. Update (08.26.10): […]

Growing in my campsite — wild blackberries! Somedays, the best days really, things just flow into you and are with you and you don’t really think beyond the moment. This day particularly the morning was like that. These sort I’d days are hard to record so this entry is just some impressions and notes. Wide […]

Like grinding gears The cry of the heron. The morning was foggy and cold, but it was obvious that once the clouds burned off it would be pure blue skies. Walking back from washing my dishes I saw a great blue heron perched, huge and gargoyle like in the trees. It hunched up and flew […]

Morning rain the call of a crow and ever-present, the river Rain wakes me early from a fitful sleep and with not much to hold me here I pack up and leave. Now it is the case that for at least 35 miles I’m in this national forest which means limited services. It turns out […]

There wasn’t any cell or WiFi or even potable water at the Red Bridge Campground in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Park so I’m trying to post this from the Darrington cafe (no luck-ed.). My campsite was beautiful though, right on the river with it’s ever present white noise soothing me through the night. It made […]

Tour 2010 begins now! This year I’m heading to the Great White North, on a route of my own devising and will be exploring the Cascade Foothills in Washington State then onto British Columbia in Canada where I’ll ride the Sunshine Coast and Vancouver Island. I’ve worked out routes that put me on new roads […]

A mere year and a month after the tour I have finally have completed my update for 2009, wrapping up my documentation of this tour.  This post is the index to the tour with links to all of the blog entries, which have been updated with better (though of course still flawed) grammar and improved […]

As I alluded to a couple of posts back, my Atlantis has been under the weather and I’d been riding on my backup bicycle.  Well I’m happy to say that after two months in the shed the Atlantis is back and riding better than ever.  So what happened and what have I changed in the […]

Well I haven’t done so well this year on this blog, but honestly my blogging is down in general.  My reading of blogs is also down for what that’s worth.  Of course part of it I explained in the last post; I’ve been doing less longer, interesting rides, and I haven’t done as much hiking […]

My Novara Safari at Mill Creek Earthworks Park Its been a strange year cycling wise for me, with less recreational riding than normal. Part of the reason for this was the discovery in early June that the rim on my Atlantis was severely cracked and would need to be replaced. I’ve written before on these […]

April 2010

Posted from Kirkland, Washington, United States.

Went to the Black Raven Brewery and taphouse last night. I tried their porter and scotch ale, both which were totally fine if not exceptional. They do a lot of one offs, cask conditioned and the like, I’ll definitely try to make it there for some of those events. Anyway its great to have a Brewery […]

February 2010

I ended up with a few unanticipated days off in early January and on one of those days I hiked up onr of the trails up Tiger Mountain.  One of my favorite bicycle  routes passes this trail which heads up to Poo Poo Point where hang gliders launch off on windy summer days and I’ve […]

August 2009

Since returning from the tour I’ve spent a decent amount of time thinking about it, especially when I’ve been out riding.  This tour was the longest one I’ve done to date in both time and miles and in many ways I considered it a sort of benchmark for future touring related activities.  When I did […]

I promised one last post about the final few days of my tour and I apologize for the delay.  I’ve found that on returning from tour I tend to focus on all those things that one neglects on touring to the exclusion of tour (and cycling for the most part) related things.  I should say […]

July 2009

The other tourons in the camp talked late keeping me up, perhaps it’s the short timer syndrome, but I felt like I’d heard it all before. There is also a certain type of tourist, a tour rat say, that I fortunately rarely encountered but I can’t say I’m a huge fan of. This type of […]

An old burned out hippy at Anchor Bay told us we’d have one more really good day of riding before suburbia begins. That day was today and it was indeed an enjoyable day of riding. It followed what seems to be the typical NoCal pattern of fog in the morning, burning off in the afternoon […]

This morning dawned drizzly and gray and the coast was again streaming with fog. It was going to be another moderate day mileage wise and I was determined to relish the NoCal coast. So I took my time through the rolling hills that dominated this day of riding. There were several points where a deep […]

I got up early and left camp by 7:40 wanting to hit the legendary Leggett hill (the highest point in the West Coast route at 2000′) before the day hit the projected 90+ degrees. I was prepared for the heat but it was still chilly as I turned off 101 (yay!) onto highway 1.  The […]

If today was thought of like a sandwich the state parks would be the bread and 101 would be the meat. However to apply the analogy accurately the state parks would be like the best whole grain bread with Easy Cheese in the middle. Another small Redwood Park in about the middle of the days […]

This was truly a great day of cyclotouring, one that had everything: it began in an interesting town, wandered through scenic farmland and ended back in the Redwoods along the famous Avenue of the Giants. It was almost as short of a route as the previous days so I really milked it too, I did […]

I had expected to be woken by the sun again so had handwashed some clothes and hung them on a line so the sun would dry them.  So of course it was overcast, foggy and clammy this morning. Today was a pretty short day of riding so I didn’t rush anything and was ready to […]

Today was my second rest day, this one in the Redwoods. In the tradition of the rest day I’ll be briefer then normal. However, I will upload more pictures then normal as I took a lot and it is difficult to write about looking at trees. I relaxed in the tent but was driven out […]

I awoke to mist, cool air and the incessant, though congenial, chatter from the transient lady a couple sites over. It was going to be a long day so I got myself going in short order. I made a quick stop at the Fred Meyers for batteries so my blinkies would be maximal for all […]

When I woke up around 7am it was already getting warm. It was clear blue skies and looking to be a hot day. Figuring that it was going to be a hot day I slathered on the sunblock and set off fairly early. The first few miles wound through a canyon followed by a bit of a […]

It was clear blue skies and already hot when I left my hotel room to get my free continental breakfast. You’d think the very concept of touring cyclists would give the providers of a self serve breakfast pause, but the various plus sized patrons groaning plates made my portion seem downright modest. I had washed […]

It had rained a bit overnight by the day was merely overcast upon my waking. At this point I had a choice: I needed to get some tubes and there was a bike shop a few miles back in Florence or 42 miles ahead in North Bend. I still had one spare and my patch […]

There is a huge group of tourons at the campsite tonight, 11 in total including three I’d seen at the last camp, the three beerhounds and a family of four. We ended up talking until late around the campfire so I’m going to keep it brief here. There isn’t too much to tell anyway as […]

The day dawned damp, overcast and quite foggy. Eager to return to the road after my day off I got up early and quickly packed up. I was nearly out of fuel for my little alcohol stove so I thought I’d only be able to make coffee. However it turned out to have enough juice […]

Today was a rest day where I took a break from cycling and hiked around Cape Lookout instead. In keeping with the theme I’ll make this a short entry as well. Being so close to the ocean means that the sounds of the surf dominates everything. I find thus tremendously soothing and it lulled me […]

Today’s tale begins and ends on beaches on the Oregon Coast seperated by 60 miles of pedaling. The first beach was Cannon which I walked for a half an hour or so before I checked out of my hotel. It was beautiful on the beach with scattered clouds and yes, sun. Already throngs were on […]

I was awoken around six by howling winds;  hoping it’d die down I went back to sleep. At eight the wind is, if anything, worse now with lashing rain. This is bad news as I have to cross the Astoria-Megler Bridge today. So I lingered at Cape Disappointment:  I took a shower, leisurely made breakfast […]

I was awoken in the night by the sound of light rain hitting my tent. It was still plenty early so I was able to sleep on. The sound of rain on the tent is one of life’s true joys though. Of course a pleasure that one wants to sparingly indulge in; a few days […]

Today was an exercise in symmetry as half of my ride was southeast along the edge of Willapa Bay the other half returning the coast along the southern edge of the bay. Perhaps though it was more a mirror image as the ever present wind off the ocean pushed me inland in the first half, […]

In my opinion the second day is the real start if any tour. The first day you start at home, late and rushed so you don’t properly enter into the touring mindset. It takes a few days to get away from familiar environs as well, making that first day more akin to a rec ride, […]

I Left home 12:30 in the afternoon, more or less on schedule. The loaded bicycle handling took a bit of getting used to as always but I was riding no hands by Mercer Island. A hot day with a prevailing wind from the sound added to these initial difficulties. Decent amount of other riders out there, which […]

I’m just about to hit the roads on the start of my 2009 tour so this is my traditional “setting off” post.  This tour takes place right at the 10 year anniversary of my current job, hard to believe I’ve held the same one for so long.  I’d always thought if I made it that […]

The final entry of pre-tour information is a list of useful resources. Mainly I’ve put these up in case I need them during the tour – its a lot easier to come here and click then to type them in. Sure I’ve got them bookmarked, but this is still the most convenient.  This information is […]

This is my basic Itinerary for the tour. This will also serve as an index of sorts, as I’ll turn all these pages into links after the tour.  This basic route is from Kirkendall and Spring’s Bicycling The Pacific Coast, with my own route for the first couple of days and ending in San Francisco. […]

June 2009

This year I’m doing a three week tour along the West Coast of the United States.  Over the next couple of days I’m going to post some of the information from my tour document that I always produce. This document includes the basic itinerary, my packing list, routes and maps that I’ve worked out myself, […]

Since I put the old blog to pasture I’ve of course kept up my riding. But its been a rather rocky year so far, with one of the coldest, snowiest winters I’ve experienced in Washington, one that went on well into early spring. While I of course kept on commuting and doing small rec rides […]

November 2008

A typical bicycle in front of a gate in Kyoto Japan. As I’ve mentioned previously this September I spent nearly two weeks in Japan.  I’d gone over to see the Amplify 2008: Light music festival and didn’t do any cycling while I was there.  However Japan is one of the worlds great cycling cultures so […]

September 2008

My Atlantis in Victoria I had a great time on this trip both on the group ride and even more so on my solo return home.  I said in the past that the reason I do Chilly Hilly every year is to remind myself why I don’t do large group rides.  I missed Chilly Hilly […]

Sidney by the sea. The final day of my short little trip dawn mostly clear and windy.  After completing my morning routine in pretty short order I set out for coffee and breakfast.  I walked down the street checking out my options but the place that immediately appealed was a bakery that had doughnuts mounded […]

My Atlantis on the bicycle path in Stanley Park The day dawned bright and clear and promising to be another hot day. I had a couple of tasks that needed to be resolved in short order: Coffee, Food and collecting my bicycle from the RSVP storage room.  I had awoken around 8 and the bicycle […]

Riding across Red Square at WWU. I woke up at 6am with thoughts of breakfast on my mind. Back when I was in high school I stayed at Western a couple of summers for Debate Camp and I knew you could get breakfast in the Student Union and while not great food, there would at […]

Dawn in Kirkland The first day of Cascade Cycling Clubs RSVP ride began early with my alarm waking me up at 4:30 in morning. The starting line for the ride was officially 6:30-7:30 and I planned to start around 7.  As I’ve mentioned before I’m always ride to the ride so I needed enough time […]

August 2008

So while on the trek described in the previous post, I rolled my odometer on the Atlantis to 10,000 miles. Sure some people ride that every year (or more) but its taken me around 2.5 years to hit that goal.  My Atlantis is all grown up now.  Also seems to have hit some sort of […]

So the day has come, my big cycling event for this year: Cascade Cycling Clubs RSVP ride.  Packing I’d guess 275 miles of riding into four days, in between about the busiest I’ve been at work in a long time. Tired yes, but I feel pretty good cycling wise. My rides of late really have […]

As I’ve mentioned in the past, I’m doing the a ride to Vancouver with my cycling club this year. Well the ride is this Friday, August 15th, so this past weekend was the last weekend prior.  I took this opportunity to get my bicycle ship shape and ready for the ride. I had noticed the […]

July 2008

A couple of Sunday’s back after a drought of non commuting rides I set out from my house wending through the Kirkland Suburbia.  I wasn’t sure where I was going exactly, but there really are only three directions to go from my house due to Lake Washington and I’d been concentrated more on the eastern […]

The pub which is most frequently my destination is the Celtic Bayou in Redmond.  Redmond is so often a junction point in my rides, either starting or ending that I so often choose to visit the Celtic Bayou for lunch, dinner or just a cold beer.  As the name implies they are an odd fusion […]

May 2008

I’d spent this morning at the 2nd round of the Washington State primary as an alternate delegate for Obama. My services not required I decided that I’d make the trek up to Snoqualmie to finally visit the the Snoqualmie Falls Brewery. So the pub truly was my destination for this ride (read my report on […]

April 2008

So at the democratic caucus on February 9th I’d volunteered to be an alternate delegate for Obama. Well last Saturday, April 5th, was the next step in the process. The location was only about 6 miles from me and all of the mailings were going on about parking issues so I swore I’d ride in.  […]

I actually had two pubs in mind as I rode my spring “populaire” a couple of weekends back, but as I recount in that report I was mistaken about where my route was going.  The route that I was following began and ended at the Redhook Brewery and I have to say this is a […]

March 2008

My Atlantis at Sandy’s Espresso I’ve been itching for a longer ride and I vowed to take one this Saturday. The week had been pretty mixed weather wise, with partially clear skies one moment and wind and rain the next. In other words it was spring. The reports were looking good for Saturday and when […]

At last it is spring. Not that today was much different then yesterday but lets face it – there is a level in which its all mental. The real big change as far as I’m concerned was the shift to daylight savings time a couple weeks back.  I commute year round and a certain percentage […]

Touring is my favorite cycling activity but in all honesty one I rarely get to do.  It requires a pretty serious block of time and in this era of “increased productivity” time is in short supply.  Time must also be divided between one’s interests and while cycling and touring are a great love it is […]

January 2008

My Rivendell Atlantis on the back porch On my initial ride report for 2008 I was riding my backup bicycle due to some mechanical issues with my Atlantis.  Well I had to wait on parts and then need some time to do all the needed changes. Well last weekend was the time for me and […]

Entering Watershed Park I had nothing going on this Sunday and was itching to get out on my bicycle. It was almost perfectly clear weather with little wind and with a week of clouds and rain forecast I wanted a bit of this winter sun. As usual I dawdled around my house until the early […]

My Safari on the way to work. Finally after far too long (almost three weeks) I’m back on the bicycle today. As you can see from the above photo, I rode in on my back-up bicycle. As initially planned I was kitted out in rain gear, had loaded up the Atlantis and headed out Tuesday […]

November 2007

I’ve been working a lot of late and that has cut into my rec riding. So when after a week of long hours it was determined that we didn’t need to work over the weekend I took full advantage of this. I still wanted to sleep in and laze about a bit so as I […]

October 2007

I was pretty slammed by work upon my return from tour so it has taken longer then I’d hoped to sort through the 1200+ photographs I took on tour. But I have finally gotten through them all and have sorted them into galleries by day with a comment for nearly all of them. I made […]

September 2007

Today was the first day back on my bicycle after the tour. I knew I’d need a couple of days off after so much riding, but the knee was still giving me a bit of trouble so I extended it another two days. Well the knee is still a bit tender but it felt good […]

I’d always planned for this tour to be pretty opened ended, without guaranteed destinations or pre booked places to go. There are a lot of options for camping, motelling, hostels etc on the route and I’d figured I’d stop when I felt I was done. That being said I did do a bunch of research […]

I woke as if I was still in the tent but I had slept reasonably well. This was the final day, the ride home and I did have a few concerns. First the knee, did my ministrations of the evening before help? What about the rear tire? And of course I’d kind of cobbled together […]

When I got out of the tent this morning it was absolutely clear and already warming up. Now the one thing I was particularly fearing this morning was to find my rear tire flat again. Alas these fears were realized and again the rim was resting right on the ground. Sigh. I put it off […]

After I posted last nights update I went on to do some reading of Huck Finn. Not too far into it the bulb went on my flashlight, can’t think of when that’s happened before. So I ended up going to bed early and hence woke up a bit early. On getting up I discovered that […]

This was my one day of not cycling of the tour but due to the spread out nature of the various services I did end up riding a bit. I didn’t get up too much later then usual, but it probably was the best nights sleep yet – it was very quiet here away from […]

The roar of the nearby ocean lulled to one of the better rests of late. When I woke I fell to thinking snout what to do today. I had thought to rest but there didn’t seem to be much to do here beyond the beach. While I live Washington beaches I do get out to […]

Throughout the night it rained sometimes just the dripping of the trees but st other times pouring down. Whenever I’d wake in the night I’d hear rain. I began to worry about the next day, it was a decent distance and riding in the rain like that us taxing and can be dangerous. Yet this […]

There was no service with AT&T at the Fairholm campground last night so I wasn’t able to complete my daily dispatch. No matter, but worth mentioning for those following along at home. Limited power for tonight so I’ll keep this short and sweet. I awoke in the Sequim campground and went through the routine of […]

I never seem to sleep well in motels, I think its the soft beds – I’m used to futons. What with the fitful sleep I woke early and vowing not to repeat the sins of the past was out by 8:30. No US Open today, but did catch some NPR, which I have to say […]

After a fairly fitful nights sleep, I finally got out of bed around 8:30. I showered, made coffee, and oatmeal and turning on the TV for some weather got sucked into a fantastic US Open woman’s match that ended in an upset. So again left a bit late but I wasn’t really pressed for time […]

August 2007

It seems these days when I’m not working I can’t sleep in. While I could have used the extra sleep today, it was for the best as I had so much preparation yet do. But not to belabor the mundane I spent the morning cleaning and checking over the bicycle, then loaded it up, did […]

Well I’m off, late as usual, but minutes after this appears I’ll be on the road. I’m going to try to post a daily or near daily report of my progress here, but of course I’m more interested in the tour, so it may be sporadic. Above is my steed for this tour, my 2005 […]

If you haven’t read Part One of this trip report. that link will take you there. Or scroll down! Anyway one with the story, which finds me at Rattlesnake Lake State Park 20 miles from the Snoqualmie Tunnel but resolved to go on. I lingered just long enough to drink some Gatorade, eat a granola […]

On Saturday I did the ride that I meant to do a couple of weeks ago when I discovered that cracked rim.  This was a ride to Issaquah, taking the trails up to Snoqualmie and then to Rattlesnake Lake and finally ride the Iron Horse trail through the tunnel that goes through Snoqualmie Pass.  This […]

Last weekend I had an ambitious riding trip planned that I had to abort due to a cracked rear rim. You can read the whole story here but a trip to the Issaquah Brewhouse was always part of the plan.  The first time I ever rode to Issaquah I found this brew house and on […]

I had decided to ride up to Snoqualmie pass on the Iron Horse Trail and riding through the tunnel this weekend. I set out (late as usual, but not so later for me) but this interminable noise from my bicycle forced me to pull over and give it a once over to see if I […]

July 2007

The Mill Creek McMenamins My favorite form of cycling is the ramble, where I simple head out and ride and end up where I will. I may decide on a direction, or a set of roads I want to check out but there is no real destination in mind. However I do often pick a […]

June 2007

Dawn: 4:29am I got up significantly later then this and found the rear tire on my Atlantis to be flat. Same with my “backup” bicycle. D’oh! So it was the automobile which making the best of a bad situation I took the opportunity to run some errands. Arriving home that evening after dinner I changed […]

I got my Atlantis in March 2005 and two years later have ridden it more then five thousand miles. I ride all winter long (though less miles) and I’m fairly slack in the cleaning taking care of the bicycle category. I do minimal maintainence on a needs to be fixed basis and will occasionally give […]

I’ve been hankering for a long ride for some time now but for various reasons I haven’t been able to get out for a true all day ride. This weekend started off poor with a storm forecasted for Saturday. While never quite reaching storm levels the all day rain wasn’t tempting for an all day […]

April 2007

My Novara Safari on the way to work this morning. On the bicycle related mailing lists that I frequent the issue of owning “just one bicycle” comes up now and again. Amongst these enthusiasts it often is a hypothetical – “I currently own 15 bicycles and if I could only have one bicycle it would […]

March 2007

I’ve been a member of the Cascade Cycling Club for many years now, but I don’t really take much advantage of their rides. I really enjoy cycling by myself, able to go as fast (or more often) as slow as I want, stop when and for how long as I please and take the route […]

February 2007

For the last six years I’ve been commuting from Woodinville to Kirkland via the Sammamish River Trail. When I started I was woefully out of shape and riding my younger brothers old late 80s Specialized Rockhopper. I put a lot of miles on that old ill fitting mountain bike but as I began to ride […]

Snow Ride One day in November last year it was predicted to snow during the day so I drove into work (mistake number 1). I left early but still stayed as late as I could (mistake number 2) and due to the hill at work and the backup of traffic I headed toward the I-405 […]

January 2007

The single greatest factor that keeps me cycling on my own is that I’m not a morning person. This state of affairs leads me to rarely do club rides, brevets and most organized rides. One  exception to this is that I’ve been riding Cascade BicycleClubs Chilly Hilly for the last few years. I commute year […]

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The Atlantis loaded up and ready to go October 8th: Prelude Autumn has long been my favorite season with it’s mix of weathers, crispness and that somewhat melancholy sense of change. It is often rather nice here in the Pacific NW in autumn and this year it has really been especially lovely.  I kept thinking […]

Hiker/Biker site at Twin Harbors State Park “We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.”   “• Aldo Leopold, as seen on the sign to the beach. October 10th: Westport […]

We meet only to part coming and going like white clouds, leaving traces so faint hardly a soul notices.   -Ryōkan   October 11th: Ocean While it never did clear up as expected the cloudy weather made for a much warmer and comfortable nights sleep. The night prior I slept in a stocking cap and […]

Atlantis in the wind and rain   October 12th: In which the weather turns for the ride home I was awoken before dawn by wind and rain buffeting the tent. I’d been pretty closely watching the weather for this trip and while it was forecasted to rain on this day it wasn’t supposed to start […]

Atlantis, loaded for camping The end of April graced us with several spectacular days. Around noon on the 24th I decided that I was going to go on an overnighter up at Potlatch State Park, which I had been to on my 2011 tour and knew wasn’t too epic of a route.  So began a […]

Atlantis in Centralia May Micro-Tour Day 1 Since I had myself well packed up the night before I was able to take a pretty leisurely morning and set off pretty much right when I’d planned to. I had about 5 hours of riding to do and felt there was no reason not to have an […]

Making tea on the Biolite Campstove I picked up a BioLite Campstove this spring and have taken it on two short tours around Washington State: 4 day tour around SW Washington and a week+ trip to Victoria BC. I wouldn’t consider this extensive testing by any means but I can certainly offer my impressions so far.  Let […]

Late Spring on the Sound We had a particularly wet winter and early spring here in the Pacific Northwest (record setting rain even) but things have really turned around. April was above average temperatures and we’ve had many days in the 70s (f) and even a few low 80s (f). There was a string of […]

Mount Rainier shrouded in clouds Since returning from tour I haven’t had a lot of chances to get out in the (nearly) always beautiful PNW Autumn.  My bicycle needed a bunch of work and it took getting into a new place and emptying out my storage unit to have the necessary tools. Then a visit […]

Bicycles

My Novara Safari on the way to work this morning. On the bicycle related mailing lists that I frequent the issue of owning “just one bicycle” comes up now and again. Amongst these enthusiasts it often is a hypothetical – “I currently own 15 bicycles and if I could only have one bicycle it would […]

I got my Atlantis in March 2005 and two years later have ridden it more then five thousand miles. I ride all winter long (though less miles) and I’m fairly slack in the cleaning taking care of the bicycle category. I do minimal maintainence on a needs to be fixed basis and will occasionally give […]

My Rivendell Atlantis on the back porch On my initial ride report for 2008 I was riding my backup bicycle due to some mechanical issues with my Atlantis.  Well I had to wait on parts and then need some time to do all the needed changes. Well last weekend was the time for me and […]

So while on the trek described in the previous post, I rolled my odometer on the Atlantis to 10,000 miles. Sure some people ride that every year (or more) but its taken me around 2.5 years to hit that goal.  My Atlantis is all grown up now.  Also seems to have hit some sort of […]

A typical bicycle in front of a gate in Kyoto Japan. As I’ve mentioned previously this September I spent nearly two weeks in Japan.  I’d gone over to see the Amplify 2008: Light music festival and didn’t do any cycling while I was there.  However Japan is one of the worlds great cycling cultures so […]

My Novara Safari at Mill Creek Earthworks Park Its been a strange year cycling wise for me, with less recreational riding than normal. Part of the reason for this was the discovery in early June that the rim on my Atlantis was severely cracked and would need to be replaced. I’ve written before on these […]

As I alluded to a couple of posts back, my Atlantis has been under the weather and I’d been riding on my backup bicycle.  Well I’m happy to say that after two months in the shed the Atlantis is back and riding better than ever.  So what happened and what have I changed in the […]

May is National Bike Month and this Friday is Bike to Work Day.  Now I’ve often taken part in Cascade’s Commute Challenge, usually riding every work day in May, but now and again comp time from work or a planned vacation occurs in May. This May is one of those times, with not only comp time […]

2003 Novara Safari REI’s 2003 Novara Safari was my first touring bicycle and primary ride for several years until I got my Atlantis. When I got the Atlantis I’d added info pages to my old web based bicycling site and this is the data from that page. This setup reflect the Safari as of the […]

2005 Rivendell Atlantis As I mentioned in the post about my Safari these entries are based on the bicycle pages on my old Those Who Look at the Sunset website. My whole philosophy of cycling evolved from touring – I’d been reading tourist accounts and started off quite practical.  I came to Rivendell from that stance […]

The Naked Atlantis   I mentioned in an earlier post that I was replacing components as I was going along this year and this weekend I did some extensive updates.  My long lasting Shimano brakes were driving me crazy with what a pain they were to adjust and replace pads so a few weeks ago […]

My Atlantis stripped bare by her bachelors, even Part I: DIY Things have been pretty solid with my Atlantis for years now really, but as I’ve mentioned in the past I’m trying to replace all the original components. This year that included the rear derailleur which since I replaced the front one last summer completes […]

I tend to do my upgrading, changes and fixes on the bicycle at the end of winter in conjunction with cleaning off the accumulated winter gunk. This year due to one of my fender struts snapping off I did a round of work much earlier.  I’d been contemplating replacing my fenders for years now but […]

My new (to me) Rivendell Quickbeam Upon my return from Bar Harbor after my cross country tour I found myself without my trusty Atlantis for over three weeks.  Up to that point my one bicycle lifestyle had served me well.  While a bit of a break from riding after the tour was acceptable by week […]

A Quickbeam in the grass, alas It’s been some time since I’ve done much riding on the Quickbeam. The winter months were much more suited toward the Atlantis what with it’s generator light, fat durable tires and ability to carry multiple extra layers of clothes.  Also while I’ve done the commute on the Quickbeam, climbing […]

Quickbeam on Beacon Hill As the days get shorter and the temperatures lower I’ve found that I’ve been enjoying taking little short rides on my Quickbeam. I’m generally more of long exploratory ramble kind of guy, but I often set out late as the mood strikes.  In the winter that leads to my riding being a lot more […]

My Rivendell Atlantis at Ten Years February 2005 my Rivendell Atlantis that I had ordered late 2004 arrived at my apartment in Woodinville, making it ten years old today. In the intervening years I have ridden this bicycle nearly 40,000 miles on many hundreds of commute trips, hundreds of errands, all over Washington State, across […]

Last autumn I was at Free Range Cycles in Fremont, checking out their various Rando bicycles. I’d been interested for a while in a 650b, low trail bicycle and after that previous summers tour in the mountains I was more interested in forest roads, fire trails and other routes off the beaten paths. Talking about […]

Bombing Around

First ride of the new b’ak’tun or last ride 2012 or bombing around Oly I was in TN visiting family during the rollover from the 13th to the 14th B’ak’tun and thus am only now getting around to a ride. This day, which is also the final day of 2012, began with snow in Olympia […]

Quickbeam at the southern end of the Chief Sealth Trail I haven’t been riding the Quickbeam too much since moving back to Seattle. Seattle is a hilly city for a single speed, but I’ve been thinking I want to use it for commuting instead of my Atlantis and toward that end I’ve been waiting for some […]

Sunday January 24th was a splendid winter day. The sun was out, chased around the sky by big fluffy cloud ridges. In the sun I was overdressed and hot but when the sun was behind a cloud it was definitely winter. I wanted to outside, but I didn’t have much of a plan. I left around […]

Coastal Contemplations

larks in the sky people in the sea… a holiday -Issa   A hot start I’ve found myself pining for the coast and with another free space I’m back on the road. The weather is again unusually hot with a high of 90(f) on this day. I set myself a short first day, with my […]

dawn’s glow even more of a wonder… willow tree -Issa waiting to exhale I woke at dawn and looking out the door of my tent saw the eastern colors reflecting off the canal and touching the clouds with color. A deep contentment filled me and I sat in for long moments in reflecton. soft colors of dawn […]

stillness— in the depths of the lake billowing clouds -Issa wind and water The day dawned grey and cool – a relief after the heat of the last few days. It would break up as the day progressed, leading to blue skies streaked with trails of clouds.  I had many miles to ride this day […]

the ants’ road from peaks of clouds to here -Issa a short ride over a long bridge A grey morning, cooler and every so often brief periods of sprinkles. Today I’d cross the Astoria Bridge to OR and I decided that I would stay the night in Astoria.  I haven’t really spent much time in […]

watching the downpour under a temple bell -Issa sometimes it pours I lingered in Astoria having breakfast out, relishing supplies, finishing my coffee. The skids were cloudy, but streaked with blue and it was warm when the sun worked its way through the cracks.  I made my way out of town the same way I came […]

today too today too… cheating clouds -Issa rain day I’ve planned all along to spend several days on the beaches but on this day the weather forced my hand.  It rained on and off throughout the night and when I woke up it was really coming down. I’d begun to recognize the pattern though: sprinkles […]

blown forth by the spring breeze… pilgrims -Issa drifting down the coast There was some early morning rain but then the front moved by and the sun cand out.  I lingered in camp, drying out and recombobulating things.  So it was nice and warm when I returned to the road and continued drifting south. The wind […]

in spring breeze his stole billowing… a monk comes too -Issa wind and waves I decided to stay another night at Cape Lookout, so that I could explore Cape Mears which I’d missed yesterday.  Taking a leisurely morning I enjoyed the first bright blue dawn in a couple of days.  The sun was already quite […]

today too, today too living in mist… little house -issa a long day’s journey into…evening I awoke to the sound of drizzle pitter pattering on my tent.  Now the sound of rain on the tent is an experience not to be missed, but I did intend to pack up and leave Cape Lookout today.  It fell […]

low tide in a soft, soft rain… darkness coming -Issa between showers This was another day predicted to be filled with a series of fronts moving through so I decided to stay at Bevery Beach Campground and explore the coast. Considering that I’d moved along this section of the coast pretty fast yesterday Ithis would give me […]

plum blossoms— in my account book I enter “cash for sake” -Issa beach to beach It rained all night only ceasing upon the dawn.  So it was a damp morning of packing as I broke camp and headed south.  A scant distance Down 101 I came to Newport and the turnoff to Yaquina Head Lighthouse. […]

where I saw a pretty bird… they burn the mountain -Issa without intentions This day was mostly clear, with an unusual southerly wind blowing white streamers of clouds across the blue canvas. On the road I almost immediately reached Yachats where I stopped at the Bread & Roses Bakery and lingered over their fine coffee […]

dancing butterflies— my journey forgotten for a while -Issa the butterfly flies anyway Umpqua Lighthouse State Park was the southern most extent of my journeys.  In fact I had gone beyond the road where I needed to start heading east.  So this day requires back tracking north for a ways.  But I was going to […]

in summer cool ambling down my road to hell -Issa a step east On this day I would leave 101 for the first time since joining it in SW Washington.  I was riding to Eugene which was a fair piece and since I desired to spend some time in the city I left early. It was […]

in beads of dew one by one my home village -Issa   all things must pass I made one last stop in The Whit at the New Day Bakery – which was great – before I made my way to the Amtrak Station. This being the beginning of the Amtrak Cascades route the train was ready and […]

Coastal Contemplations index In June 2016 I spent two weeks touring on the Pacific Coast.  A leisurely tour, the emphasize was on the scenery, the environments and contemplation.  As usual I blogged the tour here as it went on the links of which I have collected here. Additionally I took over a thousand photos on […]

Commuting

Snow Ride One day in November last year it was predicted to snow during the day so I drove into work (mistake number 1). I left early but still stayed as late as I could (mistake number 2) and due to the hill at work and the backup of traffic I headed toward the I-405 […]

For the last six years I’ve been commuting from Woodinville to Kirkland via the Sammamish River Trail. When I started I was woefully out of shape and riding my younger brothers old late 80s Specialized Rockhopper. I put a lot of miles on that old ill fitting mountain bike but as I began to ride […]

May is National Bike Month and this Friday is Bike to Work Day.  Now I’ve often taken part in Cascade’s Commute Challenge, usually riding every work day in May, but now and again comp time from work or a planned vacation occurs in May. This May is one of those times, with not only comp time […]

Atlantis in Centralia May Micro-Tour Day 1 Since I had myself well packed up the night before I was able to take a pretty leisurely morning and set off pretty much right when I’d planned to. I had about 5 hours of riding to do and felt there was no reason not to have an […]

Mural on the walls surrounding the Capitol Hill light rail station project Since I’m back in the workforce and commuting daily it seems apropos to document my current commute. This will differ significantly from my previous commutes in Woodinville and Kirkland in that I am now right in the heart of the major city of […]

Cyclotouring

Well I’m off, late as usual, but minutes after this appears I’ll be on the road. I’m going to try to post a daily or near daily report of my progress here, but of course I’m more interested in the tour, so it may be sporadic. Above is my steed for this tour, my 2005 […]

It seems these days when I’m not working I can’t sleep in. While I could have used the extra sleep today, it was for the best as I had so much preparation yet do. But not to belabor the mundane I spent the morning cleaning and checking over the bicycle, then loaded it up, did […]

After a fairly fitful nights sleep, I finally got out of bed around 8:30. I showered, made coffee, and oatmeal and turning on the TV for some weather got sucked into a fantastic US Open woman’s match that ended in an upset. So again left a bit late but I wasn’t really pressed for time […]

I never seem to sleep well in motels, I think its the soft beds – I’m used to futons. What with the fitful sleep I woke early and vowing not to repeat the sins of the past was out by 8:30. No US Open today, but did catch some NPR, which I have to say […]

There was no service with AT&T at the Fairholm campground last night so I wasn’t able to complete my daily dispatch. No matter, but worth mentioning for those following along at home. Limited power for tonight so I’ll keep this short and sweet. I awoke in the Sequim campground and went through the routine of […]

Throughout the night it rained sometimes just the dripping of the trees but st other times pouring down. Whenever I’d wake in the night I’d hear rain. I began to worry about the next day, it was a decent distance and riding in the rain like that us taxing and can be dangerous. Yet this […]

The roar of the nearby ocean lulled to one of the better rests of late. When I woke I fell to thinking snout what to do today. I had thought to rest but there didn’t seem to be much to do here beyond the beach. While I live Washington beaches I do get out to […]

This was my one day of not cycling of the tour but due to the spread out nature of the various services I did end up riding a bit. I didn’t get up too much later then usual, but it probably was the best nights sleep yet – it was very quiet here away from […]

After I posted last nights update I went on to do some reading of Huck Finn. Not too far into it the bulb went on my flashlight, can’t think of when that’s happened before. So I ended up going to bed early and hence woke up a bit early. On getting up I discovered that […]

When I got out of the tent this morning it was absolutely clear and already warming up. Now the one thing I was particularly fearing this morning was to find my rear tire flat again. Alas these fears were realized and again the rim was resting right on the ground. Sigh. I put it off […]

I woke as if I was still in the tent but I had slept reasonably well. This was the final day, the ride home and I did have a few concerns. First the knee, did my ministrations of the evening before help? What about the rear tire? And of course I’d kind of cobbled together […]

I’d always planned for this tour to be pretty opened ended, without guaranteed destinations or pre booked places to go. There are a lot of options for camping, motelling, hostels etc on the route and I’d figured I’d stop when I felt I was done. That being said I did do a bunch of research […]

Today was the first day back on my bicycle after the tour. I knew I’d need a couple of days off after so much riding, but the knee was still giving me a bit of trouble so I extended it another two days. Well the knee is still a bit tender but it felt good […]

I was pretty slammed by work upon my return from tour so it has taken longer then I’d hoped to sort through the 1200+ photographs I took on tour. But I have finally gotten through them all and have sorted them into galleries by day with a comment for nearly all of them. I made […]

Touring is my favorite cycling activity but in all honesty one I rarely get to do.  It requires a pretty serious block of time and in this era of “increased productivity” time is in short supply.  Time must also be divided between one’s interests and while cycling and touring are a great love it is […]

So the day has come, my big cycling event for this year: Cascade Cycling Clubs RSVP ride.  Packing I’d guess 275 miles of riding into four days, in between about the busiest I’ve been at work in a long time. Tired yes, but I feel pretty good cycling wise. My rides of late really have […]

So while on the trek described in the previous post, I rolled my odometer on the Atlantis to 10,000 miles. Sure some people ride that every year (or more) but its taken me around 2.5 years to hit that goal.  My Atlantis is all grown up now.  Also seems to have hit some sort of […]

Dawn in Kirkland The first day of Cascade Cycling Clubs RSVP ride began early with my alarm waking me up at 4:30 in morning. The starting line for the ride was officially 6:30-7:30 and I planned to start around 7.  As I’ve mentioned before I’m always ride to the ride so I needed enough time […]

Riding across Red Square at WWU. I woke up at 6am with thoughts of breakfast on my mind. Back when I was in high school I stayed at Western a couple of summers for Debate Camp and I knew you could get breakfast in the Student Union and while not great food, there would at […]

My Atlantis on the bicycle path in Stanley Park The day dawned bright and clear and promising to be another hot day. I had a couple of tasks that needed to be resolved in short order: Coffee, Food and collecting my bicycle from the RSVP storage room.  I had awoken around 8 and the bicycle […]

Sidney by the sea. The final day of my short little trip dawn mostly clear and windy.  After completing my morning routine in pretty short order I set out for coffee and breakfast.  I walked down the street checking out my options but the place that immediately appealed was a bakery that had doughnuts mounded […]

My Atlantis in Victoria I had a great time on this trip both on the group ride and even more so on my solo return home.  I said in the past that the reason I do Chilly Hilly every year is to remind myself why I don’t do large group rides.  I missed Chilly Hilly […]

This year I’m doing a three week tour along the West Coast of the United States.  Over the next couple of days I’m going to post some of the information from my tour document that I always produce. This document includes the basic itinerary, my packing list, routes and maps that I’ve worked out myself, […]

This is my basic Itinerary for the tour. This will also serve as an index of sorts, as I’ll turn all these pages into links after the tour.  This basic route is from Kirkendall and Spring’s Bicycling The Pacific Coast, with my own route for the first couple of days and ending in San Francisco. […]

The final entry of pre-tour information is a list of useful resources. Mainly I’ve put these up in case I need them during the tour – its a lot easier to come here and click then to type them in. Sure I’ve got them bookmarked, but this is still the most convenient.  This information is […]

I’m just about to hit the roads on the start of my 2009 tour so this is my traditional “setting off” post.  This tour takes place right at the 10 year anniversary of my current job, hard to believe I’ve held the same one for so long.  I’d always thought if I made it that […]

I Left home 12:30 in the afternoon, more or less on schedule. The loaded bicycle handling took a bit of getting used to as always but I was riding no hands by Mercer Island. A hot day with a prevailing wind from the sound added to these initial difficulties. Decent amount of other riders out there, which […]

In my opinion the second day is the real start if any tour. The first day you start at home, late and rushed so you don’t properly enter into the touring mindset. It takes a few days to get away from familiar environs as well, making that first day more akin to a rec ride, […]

Today was an exercise in symmetry as half of my ride was southeast along the edge of Willapa Bay the other half returning the coast along the southern edge of the bay. Perhaps though it was more a mirror image as the ever present wind off the ocean pushed me inland in the first half, […]

I was awoken in the night by the sound of light rain hitting my tent. It was still plenty early so I was able to sleep on. The sound of rain on the tent is one of life’s true joys though. Of course a pleasure that one wants to sparingly indulge in; a few days […]

I was awoken around six by howling winds;  hoping it’d die down I went back to sleep. At eight the wind is, if anything, worse now with lashing rain. This is bad news as I have to cross the Astoria-Megler Bridge today. So I lingered at Cape Disappointment:  I took a shower, leisurely made breakfast […]

Today’s tale begins and ends on beaches on the Oregon Coast seperated by 60 miles of pedaling. The first beach was Cannon which I walked for a half an hour or so before I checked out of my hotel. It was beautiful on the beach with scattered clouds and yes, sun. Already throngs were on […]

Today was a rest day where I took a break from cycling and hiked around Cape Lookout instead. In keeping with the theme I’ll make this a short entry as well. Being so close to the ocean means that the sounds of the surf dominates everything. I find thus tremendously soothing and it lulled me […]

The day dawned damp, overcast and quite foggy. Eager to return to the road after my day off I got up early and quickly packed up. I was nearly out of fuel for my little alcohol stove so I thought I’d only be able to make coffee. However it turned out to have enough juice […]

There is a huge group of tourons at the campsite tonight, 11 in total including three I’d seen at the last camp, the three beerhounds and a family of four. We ended up talking until late around the campfire so I’m going to keep it brief here. There isn’t too much to tell anyway as […]

It had rained a bit overnight by the day was merely overcast upon my waking. At this point I had a choice: I needed to get some tubes and there was a bike shop a few miles back in Florence or 42 miles ahead in North Bend. I still had one spare and my patch […]

It was clear blue skies and already hot when I left my hotel room to get my free continental breakfast. You’d think the very concept of touring cyclists would give the providers of a self serve breakfast pause, but the various plus sized patrons groaning plates made my portion seem downright modest. I had washed […]

When I woke up around 7am it was already getting warm. It was clear blue skies and looking to be a hot day. Figuring that it was going to be a hot day I slathered on the sunblock and set off fairly early. The first few miles wound through a canyon followed by a bit of a […]

I awoke to mist, cool air and the incessant, though congenial, chatter from the transient lady a couple sites over. It was going to be a long day so I got myself going in short order. I made a quick stop at the Fred Meyers for batteries so my blinkies would be maximal for all […]

Today was my second rest day, this one in the Redwoods. In the tradition of the rest day I’ll be briefer then normal. However, I will upload more pictures then normal as I took a lot and it is difficult to write about looking at trees. I relaxed in the tent but was driven out […]

I had expected to be woken by the sun again so had handwashed some clothes and hung them on a line so the sun would dry them.  So of course it was overcast, foggy and clammy this morning. Today was a pretty short day of riding so I didn’t rush anything and was ready to […]

This was truly a great day of cyclotouring, one that had everything: it began in an interesting town, wandered through scenic farmland and ended back in the Redwoods along the famous Avenue of the Giants. It was almost as short of a route as the previous days so I really milked it too, I did […]

If today was thought of like a sandwich the state parks would be the bread and 101 would be the meat. However to apply the analogy accurately the state parks would be like the best whole grain bread with Easy Cheese in the middle. Another small Redwood Park in about the middle of the days […]

I got up early and left camp by 7:40 wanting to hit the legendary Leggett hill (the highest point in the West Coast route at 2000′) before the day hit the projected 90+ degrees. I was prepared for the heat but it was still chilly as I turned off 101 (yay!) onto highway 1.  The […]

This morning dawned drizzly and gray and the coast was again streaming with fog. It was going to be another moderate day mileage wise and I was determined to relish the NoCal coast. So I took my time through the rolling hills that dominated this day of riding. There were several points where a deep […]

An old burned out hippy at Anchor Bay told us we’d have one more really good day of riding before suburbia begins. That day was today and it was indeed an enjoyable day of riding. It followed what seems to be the typical NoCal pattern of fog in the morning, burning off in the afternoon […]

The other tourons in the camp talked late keeping me up, perhaps it’s the short timer syndrome, but I felt like I’d heard it all before. There is also a certain type of tourist, a tour rat say, that I fortunately rarely encountered but I can’t say I’m a huge fan of. This type of […]

I promised one last post about the final few days of my tour and I apologize for the delay.  I’ve found that on returning from tour I tend to focus on all those things that one neglects on touring to the exclusion of tour (and cycling for the most part) related things.  I should say […]

Since returning from the tour I’ve spent a decent amount of time thinking about it, especially when I’ve been out riding.  This tour was the longest one I’ve done to date in both time and miles and in many ways I considered it a sort of benchmark for future touring related activities.  When I did […]

A mere year and a month after the tour I have finally have completed my update for 2009, wrapping up my documentation of this tour.  This post is the index to the tour with links to all of the blog entries, which have been updated with better (though of course still flawed) grammar and improved […]

Tour 2010 begins now! This year I’m heading to the Great White North, on a route of my own devising and will be exploring the Cascade Foothills in Washington State then onto British Columbia in Canada where I’ll ride the Sunshine Coast and Vancouver Island. I’ve worked out routes that put me on new roads […]

There wasn’t any cell or WiFi or even potable water at the Red Bridge Campground in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Park so I’m trying to post this from the Darrington cafe (no luck-ed.). My campsite was beautiful though, right on the river with it’s ever present white noise soothing me through the night. It made […]

Morning rain the call of a crow and ever-present, the river Rain wakes me early from a fitful sleep and with not much to hold me here I pack up and leave. Now it is the case that for at least 35 miles I’m in this national forest which means limited services. It turns out […]

Like grinding gears The cry of the heron. The morning was foggy and cold, but it was obvious that once the clouds burned off it would be pure blue skies. Walking back from washing my dishes I saw a great blue heron perched, huge and gargoyle like in the trees. It hunched up and flew […]

Growing in my campsite — wild blackberries! Somedays, the best days really, things just flow into you and are with you and you don’t really think beyond the moment. This day particularly the morning was like that. These sort I’d days are hard to record so this entry is just some impressions and notes. Wide […]

An interim post from the Seaside Cafe in Blaine, WA just at the US/Canada boarder. I’m posting now in case Im not able to for a while. IIRC AT&T will shaft me if I use the cellular data network so once I enter Canada it’ll be WiFi only. So posting may be sporadic. Update (08.26.10): […]

Its a serious juxtaposition, walking around the streets of Vancouver, one of the largest cities on the west coast, mere days after being in a campsite in the Cascades without even potable water. I’m staying at the downtown Vancouver hostel, which I have to say is pretty nice, with the exception of an ensuite bathroom […]

At last it’s cleared up; Today I will do the wash. – Santoka A day off from my travels, a chance to catch up on the mundane details but also a chance to walk around this great city. I spent the morning on those activities (laundry, currency exchange, blah, blah, blah), but the afternoon I […]

After the hermitage of my tent the two nights in the hostel were positively decadent. So it is not without some relief that I left the big city and returned to camping. The city is always lively and filled with things to do but it can be hard. I walk a lot when I visit […]

Today I did something I’ve wanted to do for a long time: wild camping, which is to say camping outside of a campground. Not true “stealth” camping where one is trespassing, no I’m on land where it is okay to camp. But it has a completely different feel to it: no services, nobody around, just […]

The further north I go Colder and colder these Late summer nights Today would my last day on the Sunshine Coast and the first on Vancouver Island. I would also hit the apex of my northern travels and begin the southward journey. I am now past the halfway point of the tour and from here […]

It was another long day today with even more miles ridden, but I don’t feel nearly as beat down as I did yesterday. Perhaps it is acclimatization, perhaps I simply spaced it out better but I think it was the lack of wind. Wind from the sea butterflies in the embankment weeds never resting -Santoka […]

I’m not sure I’ve ever been as wet as I was today. It started raining when I went to sleep last night and it hadn’t stopped by the time I got up. This was a real rain too, not just drizzle. It rained while I packed up, rained while I had breakfast, did laundry and […]

A world of trials and if the cherry blossoms, it simply blossoms. -Issa This was one of those days where any hassles one has gone through seem absolutely worth it. And yet it began auspiciously enough with the power going out in Port Renfrew. I was still able to take a hot morning shower and […]

“it’s still summer!” Yet the geese are crying — “Not for long, not for long”. This pretty much is it; a short day entirely on a Rail-Trail ending at the hostel in Victoria. There are three primary routes to Seattle from Victoria and I’ve done them all. So today has the last bit of new […]

Sound of waves far off close by how much longer to live? -Santoka Things tend to work out, that’s been my experience anyway. That is to say when you leaving things to chance, unplanned where something can easily go wrong it tends to work out. Of course I’ve had my share if misfortune and things […]

Returning home — cold, gray day The final ride; the ride home. As I stated earlier, all routes within a days ride of home are famalier routes and well documented in these pages. So not really much to say about this days ride.  South Whidey was the most novel, I’ve ridden it a number of […]

” Single people, whoever they are, feel their lonliness most acutely when they come home from a trip. Everything is there just the way it was when they set out. The flower in the vase has dried up, but the desk itself hasn’t moved.”  -Santoka from his journals. Reflecting on this tour I think it […]

My Rivendell Atlantis fully loaded and ready to head out on its latest adventure. At the end of July I was laid off from my job and had moved out of my house – a perfect time to head out on a tour.  I had some obligations to take care of: a family visit, securing […]

A lucky, late Start I set off from Olympia around 1:30 which is a petty good start for me. The days ride was short, which was a good way to ease into it as I hadn’t been riding too much of late what with the moving and such. It was about perfect riding conditions: partially […]

Blue sky, only a glimpse, and is it darkening -Hōsai Ozaki The first half of this days ride was along Hood Canal. The sky was overcast and threatening rain, but it never did. The road hugged the shore and was always going up or down, usually in pretty short segments. The tide was out and […]

I was definitely tired from yesterday’s exertions as I end up sleeping until 9am. I was woken up earlier at first light with the pattering of soft rain, but it stopped quickly so I ignored it. When it came back I got up to cover my saddle which was good as it soon became hard […]

Tuesday 08.16.12: Anacortes WA to Rasar State Park I should start off by saying that staying at the motel in Anacortes was not an unexpected outcome. This tour is the least destination driven I have done – I basically have some time and an ultimate goal, but beyond that I’m taking it as it comes. […]

Surrounded by green mountains, white clouds left and right. If I meet a fellow traveler what news can I give him? -Ryōkan Wednesday 08.17.12: Rasar State Park to Newhalem Campground This was about as ideal a day bicycle touring as one can have. The day was sunny and clear, there was a tailwind most of […]

Like trickling water making it’s way through mossy crevices, I pass through this world clear, transparent. -Ryōkan Thursday 08.18.12: Newhalem Campground to Colonial Creek Campground This was sort of a rest day so as per tradition I’ll keep this short. Basically I’m at the verge of crossing the Cascade Mountains and I wanted to be […]

Friday 08.19.12: Colonial Creek Campground to Early Winters Campground I made my earliest start to date, wanting to cross the pass well before the hit afternoon but I still didn’t hit the road until 9:30. It was good and cool though, which as the road immediately began to climb was nice. The day is mostly […]

Saturday 08.20.12: Early Winters Campground to Carlton I spent a bunch of time in three little towns today, which made for a shorter day riding but an easy day after the tougher one the day before. First was Mazama at the Country Store to charge my phone and have a second breakfast. From there it […]

Sunday 08.21.11: Carlton to Lake Chelan State park I got up early to try to get the bulk of the riding done in the cooler morning. The ride down the last section of the Methow Valley thus began a bit chilly but warmed up ad I ride along. Very dry valley walls with the now […]

Monday 08.22.112: Lake Chelan State Park to Blu-Shastin RV Park and Campground. I did a lot of riding today and it was rather a mixed bag. The route from Lake Chelan State Park immediately climbed for a mile and a half but after that it descended into this truly excellent forested valley. It was cool […]

Tuesday 08.23.112: Preshastin to Ellensburg Today I climbed the second pass of the tour and in light of this I again rose early to try to beat the heat. It was looking to be yet another hot day with blue skies with only traces of cloud. 97 was pretty easy going for the first 7 […]

Wednesday 08.24.112: Ellensburg to Windy Point Campground I made full use of the hotel, it’s laundry, it’s free breakfast, WiFi and power. Hence I ended up on the road later than I have of late. This was unfortunate as it was a scorcher, the hottest day yet.

Thursday 08.25.11: Windy Point Campground to Mount Rainier National Park I again set off early in an attempt to beat the heat across the pass. Also there was the wildcard of the roadwork to contend with. It was overcast and cool and a headwind greeted me as I hit the road. The riding was fairly […]

Thursday 08.26.11: Mount Rainier National Park There was indeed no internet or even phone access until I was half back to Olympia on the final day of the tour. I spent day 14 and 15 in Mount Rainier hiking around and taking a bit of time away from the bicycle.  However on day 14 I […]

Friday 08.27.11: Mount Rainier National Park This day was technically a rest day, really the only day on this tour I spent without at least a little bicycling. I spent it hiking instead which actually tired me out just as much I think. It was a beautiful day, warm but comfortable enough inside the forests. […]

Sunday 08.28.11:  Mount Rainier National Park – Ohanapecosh Campground to Sunshine Point Campground The ride up to Paradise is basically equivalent to another mountain pass – 4500, about 2500 feet of climbing from Ohanapecosh.  As usually I wanted to hit the road early, especially as the park is crowded and the road up is a […]

Monday 08.29.11:  Sunshine Point Campground (closed) to Olympia I slept very poorly this night; I have to admit that stealth camping is perhaps not in my constitution. I got up basically at first light when there was still a few stars visible and Venus shiny brightly well into the early dawn. I quickly put everything […]

It’s been a couple of weeks since I returned from tour but frankly I don’t really feel like I have much of a grasp on this experience. I billed this as an “unexpected tour” and I have to say that’s not entirely accurate.  I don’t want to get too much into the whole exiting of […]

At various points in a day of riding songs run through ones mind.  I mostly listen to instrumental music these days so the songs that come unbidden into my mind are often from my teen or college years.  A number of songs ran through my mind on this tour – the Talking Heads Heaven was […]

I still need to get the rest of my non-cameraphone pics up (should be done over the next week or so) and do a pass on the earlier posts to correct the auto-correct errors and such, but here is the final Tour 2009 index to all the posts and pictures. I’ll edit this out when […]

The great Pull & Be Damned Rd. [Update 02.21.12: I found my journal from this “tour” which it turns out I was just transcribing in the document I published below. So I’ve transcribed the rest of this day and edited the post accordingly.] Introduction 2012 I’ve talked about what initially got me interested in bicycle […]

Mount Erie on Fidalgo Island This was the second day of my 2003 Shakedown Tour around Fidalgo, Guemes and San Juan Islands.  On this day I rode on Guemes and Fidalgo and then drove back to Seattle to see a concert after which I stayed at my apartment in Woodinville. I’d be back in the […]

The Golden Road This was the third day of my 2003 Shakedown Tour around Fidalgo, Guemes and San Juan Islands.  On this day I drove back from Woodinville to the ferry terminal on Fidalgo Island and took the ferry to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. This sucked up pretty much all of this day. […]

Pi This was the fourth day of my 2003 Shakedown Tour around Fidalgo, Guemes and San Juan Islands. This day was spent entirely on San Juan Island where I took two ~20 mile trips, basically circumnavigating the island. For the intro to this series and details on the source narrative and such see the day 1 […]

Cattle Point Lighthouse So this is it, the final day of the Shakedown Tour. I rambled around San Juan Island until mid-afternoon on this day and then ferried back to Fidalgo Island. From there it was about an hour of driving and I was back at my place in Woodinville.  Thus my first attempt at […]

The Power! The Power! The Power! The Power! On the Adventure Cycling Association Blog they recently posted a list of 10 Things you Might Think You Need On Tour But Really Don’t which in the main is a pretty good list but includes at number 9, a Solar Charger which I take some issue with. […]

Stream in Twanoh State Park “One right to which few intellectuals care to lay claim is the right to wander, the right to vagrancy. And yet vagrancy is emancipation, and life on the road is liberty: one day bravely to throw off the shackles with which modern life and the weakness of our heart encumber […]

Tree over snow-melt fed stream “The older you get the stronger the wind gets – and it’s always in your face.” – Pablo Picasso [note: I wrote these posts for the first couple of days of the tour after completing the tour] Mayday After a rather fitful night’s sleep (my camp was pretty close to the road) […]

Washington State Capitol building, Olympia WA Ballad of the the Voyager Ocean voyager, on heaven’s winds, in his ship, far wandering… Like a bird, among the clouds, gone, he will leave no trace. -Li Po [note: I wrote these posts for the first couple of days of the tour after completing the tour] Respite The tour had […]

View Northern Tier Route in a larger map (GPS data from the Adventure Cycling Association)   “…I have always been drawn by windblown clouds into dreams of a lifetime of wandering.” -Bashō Tour 2012 is currently underway. I moved out of my apartment in Seattle on April 30th and rode down to Hood Canal. I […]

Lake Sylvia “One is forever on the way yet has never left home. Another has left home yet is not on the way. Which one deserves to receive the offerings of humans and devas?” -Lin-ji Always leaving home Left on Stage Two of my journey and rode from Olympia to Lake Sylvia State Park. The […]

Sunset over Lake Quinault How far has he gone, where has he wandered, chasing after dragonflies? -Kaga-no-Chiyo Between two lakes Rode from Lake Sylvia to Lake Quinault in just ideal weather. A scenic backcountry ride through forest land, green valley farms and (alas) clear cuts. Not much out there but trees, sun, the road and […]

Setting sun over the true west “No rock landscape is more varied in sculpture, none more delicately modeled than these landscapes of the sky.” -John Muir Against the wind 101 turns eastward for a spell to loop around the Quinault Reservation. This was all through commercial forest land, some second (or third) growth, plenty clear […]

Atlantis off the coast Only the wind blows through the day, my troubling thoughts. -Hōsai Ozaki When in the rainforest… The good weather couldn’t last, not in spring on the coast and certainly not in the rain forest. It rained most of the way to Forks and it was a cold rain, pushed by wind. […]

Seastacks and fishing boats Life seems neither long nor short, and we take no more heed to save time or make haste than do the trees and stars. -John Muir Amongst the fishermen I rode all new roads today and this has been my favorite riding so far. Highway 113 from 101 north was a […]

The view from the most Northwesterly point in the US The sound of waves regular, the day is breaking. -Hōsai Ozaki Beginnings The ride out to Cape Flattery was quite similar to yesterday’s at first. Not far from Snow Creek you enter the Makah Reservation and the town of Neah Bay. From there the route […]

The sun setting to the northwest It’s a lonely road that has no turning. -Santoka Tenada 112E The first part of the ride today was backtracking to the 113/112 intersection. A lovely, cloudless day it had warmed up enough by lunchtime that I was riding sans socks (first time this trip). Once I joined 112E […]

Trestle on the Olympic Discovery Trail Evening sun’s long farewell, loneliness, mountain. -Hōsai Ozaki Return to civilization I particularly enjoy riding in regions where the services are few and the camping primitive. But every few days it’s nice to get back to where you can get a draft beer. Today began a portion of this […]

My Atlantis at the S’Klallam Tribal center On three cups five cups this fine wine I’m drunk — and once drunk I can pour for myself -Ryōkan Port Townsend The Olympic Discovery Trail runs right out of Sequim Bay State Park and ends a couple of miles outside of Blyn. Blyn is tribal lands of […]

Memory’s Vault Rest day in Port Townsend I spent this as one does rest days: resupplying, drinking coffee, doing laundry, wandering around, checking out bookstores, drinking beer and going out for dinner. In the evening I explored Fort Warden and stumbled upon the excellent Memory’s Vault from which I’ll leave one of the poems inscribed […]

The Olympic Peninsula Can’t help whistling, the morning, the woods, how blue -Hōsai Ozaki A glance back With the final ferry boat trip here on the west coast the Olympic Peninsula is left behind. A fond farewell is bit to Port Townsend and its many fine coffee houses and pubs. It has been a nice […]

The Skagit River with Cascade foothills in the background He who travels far will often see things Far removed from what he believed was Truth. When he talks about it in the fields at home, He is often accused of lying, For the obdurate people will not believe What they do not see and distinctly […]

Snowcapped Shouldering firewood I climb down the green peak, green peak where trails are never level. Sometimes I rest under a tall pine, listen quietly to the voice of spring birds. -Ryōkan Into green mountains Excellent ride today, through a route I did last year but really loved. It mostly follows rivers – Skagit, and […]

Waterfall just off of Hwy 20 In the great canons Bruin reigns supreme. Happy fellow, whom no famine can reach while one of his thousand kinds of food is spared him. His bread is sure at all seasons, ranged on the mountain shelves, like stores in a pantry. From one to the other, up or […]

Descending from Washington Pass People ask about the Cold Mountain way: plain roads don’t get through to Cold Mountain. Middle of the summer, and the ice still hasn’t melted. Sunrise, and the mist would blind a hidden dragon. So, how could a man like me get here? My heart is not the same as yours, […]

Loup Loup Pass My one aim, to be a wandering monk, how could I have lingered any longer? Lugging a water jug, I took leave of my old teacher, in high spirits set off for other parts, mornings climbing to the top of the lone peak, evenings crossing the dark seas flow. And while one […]

Clouds breaking up over Omak Resting in Omak Needing a break before the next pass I rode the short distance to Omak. Spent the day mostly indoors as it rained for a fair piece. But I had laundry I could do and coffee to drink and it was nice to take a break. Also updated […]

The land around Wauconda All day long, today I have walked in the wind.   -Santoka Wauconda The ride from Omak to Wauconda was a pleasant one, pushed along dusty hills by a tailwind. Tonasket had a nice Co-Op where I was able to get some essential supplies and lunch. Then the ascent on Wauconda […]

Sherman Pass flowing down the mountain steepness the bright water   -Santoka Above the snow line It was a few miles to the summit of Wauconda Pass and though the air was cool this was a straightforward ride. The descent was also cold and clouds threatened rain e whole time. At the bottom of the […]

Lake Leo Cloud Semaphore   Ah, it’s great! Clear–clean– wind blowing farm tools twinkling vague mountains –lava plug magma all in a dream where there’s no time   when cloud semaphores We’re already hung in the stark blue east   The vague mountains… Wild geese will come Down to the four cedars tonight!   -Miyazama […]

Snookum Creek Never deny someone the opportunity to help you High Wind Advisory Pretty nice day riding all told. But it was super windy, enough so that the weather service had issued a High Wind Advisory. While I was in camp at Lake Leo a huge branch fell off a tree not far from me. […]

Oh, Idaho on the water the reflection of a wanderer   -Santoka Many milestones On this day three milestones: I entered Idaho, the second state of the tour, I crossed 1000 miles of riding and I completed section 1 of the Northern Tier. The ride continued right where it had left off yesterday: on the […]

Sandpoint At rest in Sandpoint I definitely was played out from all the mountain work and felt a rest day was in order. It being the Memorial Day Weekend (the official start of the camping season) I decided to leave the campgrounds to the amateurs and stayed at the K2 Inn in Sandpoint. Decent enough […]

Montana! One room, one bed — enough. One jar, one bowl. A road runs to the village; There’s not a house I know.   -Ryuge Panhandling to Montana The Idaho Panhandle is only about 60 miles wide so after about half of this days ride I found myself in the third state of the tour. […]

Bull River Don’t tell me how difficult the Way The birds path, winding far, is right Before you. Water of the Dokei Gorge You return to the ocean, I to the mountain.   -Hofuku Scikatsu Cabinet I spent most of this days ride going through the Cabinet Mountain Wilderness which was quite scenic and lightly […]

Lake Koocanusa Careful! Even moonlit dewdrops, if you’re lured to watch, are a wall before truth.   -Sogyo Dam Lake Spent the bulk of this day riding first up to the Libby Dam and the along Lake Koocanusa, the reservoir created by the dam. Pretty uphill for a bit and then rolling along the edges […]

Lake Dickey “Nothing would ever change; nothing new could ever be expected. It had to end, and it did. Now in the dark world where I dwell, ugly things, and surprising things, and sometimes little wondrous things, spill out in me constantly, and I can count on nothing.”   – Philip K. Dick, A Scanner […]

Rain clouds streaming down Lake Dickey In the rain I wash my muddy hands.   –Hōsai Ozak It’s not all sunshine and lollipops On a long tour eventually you are going to have better days than others. After the morning drizzle of yesterday, today it was full on rain driven by a westward wind (i.e. […]

Glacier National Park What Bliss — empty roads into shrouded mountains; the spring rain Made it! to Glacier While it had cleared up last night, by the morning it was pouring rain. I got up during a break but as I took advantage of the facilities it returned harder than ever. So I just packed […]

Sacred Dancing Cascade Glacier National Park Today was a rest day in Glacier, but basically Glacier isn’t really fully operational yet. A lot of campgrounds are closed, the Going-to-the-Sun Road isn’t fully open yet and the shuttle service isn’t running. So faced with either bicycling around to see stuff or taking an organized tour I […]

Across the great divide The mountain slopes crawl with lumberjacks axing everything in sight — yet crimson flowers burn along the stream   -Chin-doba Last pass, perhaps? I had originally thought I’d spend another day at Glacier but what with it not being fully operational and it looking like a break in the weather I […]

Mountains receding The wind blows hard among the pines toward the beginning of an endless past. Listen: you’ve heard everything.   -Shinkichi Takahashi In which I leave the mountains behind Nicest morning in a long time with warm sun and a light breeze heading my way. I made good time to Browning, which is the […]

The high plains A floating weed with a tiny flower blooming in the wind -Hōsai Ozaki High plains drifting So toward sunset a massive thunderstorm began. Crazy strong wind, regular lightening and then rain; becoming torrential rain. I hung out in the RV Park rec room listening to the wind howl and the thunder, until […]

The Road For a hollow mind two eyes are open   -Hōsai Ozaki Burnt by the road The day dawned cloudless with pure blue sky and warming fast. The tailwind I had enjoyed the day before was still going strong but shifted to become more of a crosswind. Not as enjoyable. The scenery was the […]

Storm in the distance Those clouds threw a rain shower; I’m wet through. -Santoka Riding in the storm Leaving Havre the wind had completed it rotation around and was now a vicious headwind. The road climbed a bit out of town and then settled down as it began to follow the Milk River. Behind me […]

Sunset over the reservoir I’m on travel; Until my monk’s robe dries up, Wind comes from the weeds.   -Santoka Blowin’ in the wind Things continue apace – a strong tailwind continues and the high plains roll on. Really not much between Harlem and the town of Malta. Rolling hills, wind behind, though sometimes more […]

Twilight in Glasgow Wind blows dark clouds across the lake — and birds are singing A difference of direction The day began sunny and windy but over the reservoir was a line of black clouds rolling in by the time I’d broken camp it was completely overcast and I was in the strongest wind yet. […]

Wet land My heart is happy on a spring day when I see the birds flocking together, playing.   -Ryōkan Subtle shifts The high plains are a thing of beauty, but it’s a subtle beauty: slight variances in heights, shades of green, tend and brown, shifting shadows. Today, mostly sunny and with a steady tailwind […]

Endless fields I can’t do anything; my life of contradictions blown by the wind   –Santoka Unlucky 13S or heat, hills and headwinds Today we bid farewell to the “Hi-Line” and turn south. While the day had dawned sunny, calm and with nary a cloud in the sky, this was not to last. As I […]

Badlands The beauty of the sunset grieves not for old age   –Santoka Makoshika So the route turned back east today which was a relief as it put the wind behind me. That and it being overcast most of the day made for much more pleasant riding than the day before. The terrain was about […]

Hellooooo North Dakota All day long, today I have walked in the wind.   -Santoka I thought I was going to be in Montana forever I entered Montana on the afternoon of May 28th and left it in the afternoon of June 14th. 18 days in the state and nearly a thousand miles of riding. […]

Painted Canyon in the Theodore Roosevelt National Park “Optimism is a good characteristic, but if carried to an excess, it becomes foolishness. We are prone to speak of the resources of this country as inexhaustible; this is not so.”   –Theodore Roosevelt Expect the unexpected After riding into this rocky, hillier terrain a return to […]

Chuang-tzu? nervously through the raindrops… spring butterfly     this world– the butterfly also toils busily   –Issa That’s not too bad I think I’ve got this figure out: the wind is predominately out of the west generally with a northerly or southerly bent which often switches mid-afternoon. When the wind shifts to being out […]

Trains don’t use cabooses anymore; this one was in a park “The moon and sun are eternal travelers. Even the years wander on. A life time adrift in a boat, or in old age leading a tired horse into the years, every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.”   — Bashō, […]

Prometheus Stealing fire Took a much needed day off in the capitol city of North Dakota, Bismarck. Did the usual off day biz but also went and saw a movie: the new Ridley Scott picture, Prometheus. Short review – decent bit of fairly “hard SF” but it’s kinda sloppy and overstuffed and is definitely no […]

Concretion from The Late Snow & Lumber Strike of the Sumer of Fifty-Four   Climbing the steep ridge below Shuksan clumps of pine float out of the fog No place to think or work drifting.   -Gary Snyder Blowin’ in the wind Back on the road with thunderstorms predicted and as per the pattern the […]

Mu As the crickets’ soft autumn hum is to us, so are we to the trees   as are they   To the rocks and the hills.   -Gary Snyder On the longest day of the year Summer solstice; the first day of summer. As per the pattern the wind had shifted and I had […]

Fields and clouds Know The trees know stars to be sources Like the sun, of their life; But many and tiny sprinkled through the dark When, where has the sun gone– -Gary Snyder Yellowstone Today’s was a pleasant and rather quick ride. A quite strong wind on this day, but as it was going my […]

Public art in Fargo summer heat soaks into every living thing   -Santoka Riding into summer Today it was clear, hot and humid with a light headwind. One of the longer rides I had to do, but this was one of those cases where I’d stayed at the furtherest east campground and the next one […]

At the City Park in Hitterdal Only the ants at the bottom of the burning sky, what the world has come to -Hōsai Ozaki Tass times in Hitterdal It had been a pretty miserable night at the Fargo campground, a guy in the next tent over worked his way through most of a case of […]

Sunset at Hungryman Lake the sky at sunset a cup of sake would taste so good!   -Santoka Hungryman stalks the White Earth It was a hot humid ride with a headwind most of the day. Tiring. But after some initial farmland the route wended between the White Earth Reservation and the Tamarac Wildlife Refuge […]

Arriving at the Mississippi Headwaters Hostel I purify myself in the blue water rushing over the rocks   -Santoka Itasca State Park It was only an hour or so ride to the entrance to Itasca State Park and overall a pleasant mornings ride. The wind was still out of the east, but now the southeast […]

Crossing the Mississippi Upon the hearth the fire is red, Beneath the roof there is a bed; But not yet weary are our feet, Still around the corner we may meet A sudden standing stone That none have seen but we alone. Tree and flower and leaf and grass, Let them pass! Let them pass! […]

Threatening Alone, Being eaten by mosquitos.   -Santoka Of thunderstorms and mosquitos The morning was hot and humid and there wasn’t much between where I’d camped and Grand Rapids. So I pressed on through farmland and trees, the light wind generally against me. As per usual the wind began to pick up in the afternoon, […]

Flooded roads Ice is civilization.   -Paul Thoreaux, The Mosquito Coast Walking on water wasn’t built in a day I fled from the mosquito infested campground without even cooking breakfast and headed to the tiny town of Jacobson where I got my coffee. The locals there told me the flooding had my the genially bad […]

Tires eye view It’s all falling or burning —      rattle of boulders      steady dribbling of rocks down cliffs      bark chips in creeks Porcupine chased here —           Smoke From Tillamook a thousand miles Soot and hot ashes. Forest fires Upper Skagit burned I think 1919 Smoke covered all northern Washington.      lightening strikes, flares, Blossoms a fire […]

Entering Wisconsin Down in the village the din of flute and drum, here in the mountains everywhere the sound of the pines   -Ryōkan On, Wisconsin A long, hot exhausting day today. The campgrounds have become sparse on the route and there are none at the terminus of this section of the route, Stillwater, MN. […]

Paddleboat on the Saint Croix river in Stillwater, MN no place to hide from the blazing sun the water flows by   -Santoka Spur The days just keep getting hotter and the humidity just saps your soul. Luckily this was a short day prior to a few days off in the Twin Cities. I rode […]

Since I didn’t ride today, here’s a trail into Minnesota Re-up I’m spending a few days at my cousins in the Maple Grove suburb of Minneapolis. The timing on my arrival was fortuitous as the heat wave that is plaguing the bulk of the nation is in full force here as well. I also was […]

Alexander Calder, The Spinner (1966) Walker Art Center Another rest day in the Twin Cities. This one I spent at the Walker Art Center and the associated Minneapolis Scultpure Garden. Really an excellent sculpture park with nice pieces from Alexander Calder, Richard Serra, James Turrell, Sol LeWitt, Isamu Naguchi, Mark di Suvero and many, many […]

Fireworks at the Stone Arch bridge, Minneapolis (not my pic) Celebrate America by blowing up a piece of it Another day off at my cousins. I’d planned to be out of campgrounds on the fourth so another bit of good timing with my arrival in the Twin Cities. I spent the morning running errands and […]

Park in Stillwater In the tree’s shade – A wind, Travellers both.   -Santoka Back on the fire Back on the road today after my long break at my cousins in Minneapolis. Huge thanks to my cousin and his family for the hospitality and the help in getting me ready for the next part of […]

Back in Minnesota (again) Idly, I wander to the flowering peak. Morning sun: its glory blazing All around, in sunlit emptiness White clouds, and cranes, fly.   -Han Shan Wisconsin, no Minnesota, aaaarrrrggg The heat wave continued on though it had been forecasted to break today. There were high thin clouds as I left camp […]

It was like a fire in the sky Everyone’s journey through this world is the same, so I won’t complain. Here on the plains of Nasu, I place my trust in the dew. -Sōgi After the storm Last night, around midnight, a thunderstorm rolled through bringing with it torrential rain and cooler temperatures. After it […]

on the Great River Off-Road trail Settling, white dew does not discriminate, each drop its home   -Sōin Three states, one day I decided to ride the Great River Off-Road trail just across the Mississippi in Wisconsin inside of the primary route. So I crossed the river on this big bridge and rode the hwy […]

Stone table Zazen on Ching-t’ing Mountain   The birds have vanished from the sky. Now the last cloud drains away.   We sit together, the mountain and me, until only the mountain remains.   -Li Po In which we climb out of the Mississippi River valley The route turned away from the Mississippi twice today, […]

Guardian of the Garden The clouds, Hurrying by, Making a good moon.   -Santoka Rough roads in Iowa The route mainly stuck to the ridges on this day, but went down and climbed back up several times making for a hilly morning. By the afternoon it had mostly flattened out with rollers. The landscape had […]

Land o’ Lincoln As if it told a lie, the day moon, there it is   -Hōsai Ozaki A long, hot slog to Illinois The day dawned with perfectly clear skies and it would become as hot as its been in a while. That plus rills pretty much all day and a light headwind most […]

Last view of the Mississippi if I cross – How many mountains and rivers, When shall I reach, The realm of no loneliness. Today also traveling.   -Bokusui Farewell Big Muddy Today I rode away from the Mississippi which has been a near constant companion since Itasca, MN. The nights camping on the edge of […]

Wind Power Wet, Yet walking in the rain, This is a care-free journey.   -Santoka Tilting against windmills Really humid this morning and though there were clouds to block the direct sun it just got hotter and more uncomfortable as the day wore on. The landscape was again almost all cornfields with the occasional rolling […]

Sunset over old Route 66 In sunrise beauty, Saying farewell.   -Santoka Parting of the ways It is the way of the road that for a time you may end up camping with the same group of people night after night. Then your days fall out of sync and once again one is on ones […]

King Corn In the tree’s shade – A wind, Travellers both.   -Santoka flatland Back again amongst the corn and soy in the heat, this was probably the most monotonous day yet of the tour. Almost completely flat with just the gentlest of rollers now and again. There was a light breeze from the west […]

Sunset over Lake Fletcher No matter what, you are lonely, my shadow: I move it to see   -Hōsai Ozaki Chasing shadows The temperatures have been rising and this day was clear and blue and would get to the upper 90s (f). Riding away from Iroquois, back among the fields, I soon crossed the border […]

on Salamonie River Dam The nature of the Mind when understood, No human speech can compass or disclose. Enlightenment is naught to be attained, And he that gains it does not say he knows. -Bodhidharma Don’t pass me by This was one of these days that had a bit of about everything. Right as I […]

metal giants stride across the cornfields dealing electricity with both hands When Giants roamed the earth My night at Kil-So-Quah was pretty rough as the temperatures stayed pretty much in the 80s until near dawn. I also kept being disturbed by a little raccoon that kept going for my food bag. I’d put a lock […]

George Rickey, Twenty-Four Lines, 1968 How Zen Masters Are Like Mature Herring   So few become full grown And how necessary all the others;     Gifts to the food chain     feeding another universe.   These big ones feed sharks.   -Gary Snyder Fast moves in Fort Wayne This was the second of the short days that […]

Ohio NEVER AGAIN   Hot this morning, long before sunrise All my bones ache and Rilke’s ghost Titters in the closet, Frailing His clanky lyre. The summer grasshopper plague May now be over.   -Philip Whalen We’re finally on our own This day dawned drizzly, grey and cool – it was like the PNW in […]

The Backatcha Bandit strikes again Develop a mind which rests on no thing whatever.   -The Diamond Sutra Should have been done long ago The wind continued to be against me on this day but instead of the ~18mph it was instead a sedate ~6mph. There was however none of the morning clouds so it […]

Lake Erie IS   Here’s a dragonfly                (T OTA L LY) Where it was,           that place no longer exists.   -Philip Whalen This summer I hear the drumming This was the third long day in a row, driven primarily by the spacing of […]

State number twelve HOW POETRY COMES TO ME   It comes blundering over the Boulders at night, it stays Frightened outside the Range of my campfire I go to meet it at the Edge of the light   -Gary Snyder A change in the air This morning dawned overcast and later began to drizzle – […]

Now I’m really in the NE SAYING FAREWELL AT THE MONASTERY AFTER HEARING THE OLD MASTER LECTURE ON “RETURN TO THE SOURCE”   At the last turn in the path                 “goodbye–”                 –bending, bowing,             […]

Canada! (said like “Benway!” in this clip, but with an extra syllable) MAPS AND MOUNTAINS   California topo maps all rolled up (“Roll up the sky like a hide”) Shall I ever be in those bright mountains, ever again?   -Philip Whalen A brief sojourn into Canada After a quite pleasant night at Evangola State […]

Your browser does not support the video tag Niagara Falls STRATEGIC AIR COMMAND   The hiss and flashing lights of a jet Pass near Jupiter in Virgo. He asks, how many satellites in the sky? Does anyone know where they all are? What are they doing, who watches them?   Frost settles on the sleeping […]

Lock 34/35 on the Erie Canal A vague shape from behind – Into the drizzle, Disappearing. -Santoka Back in the U.S.S.A. It rained again overnight and was cool, overcast and quite humid as I left the hostel. The ride up along the gorge from Niagara Falls has many an interesting sight from whirlpools to dams […]

A section of the Erie Canal In the field where everything has dried out, my footsteps   -Hōsai Ozaki Low bridge, everybody down It rained overnight and when I arose it was fully overcast with clouds threatening to rain again. This was another day spent mostly on the Towpath though I reached the end of […]

The sun sets over Lake Ontario FOR NOTHING (excerpt)   A flower for nothing; an offer; no taker   Snow-trickle, feldspar, dirt.   -Gary Snyder Climbing the coastline Today the route followed the curve of Lake Ontario trending Northeast all day. It would duck in from the waterside for many miles but always returned. It […]

Camp under the oak Awake a moment Mind dreams again Red roses black-edged petals   -Philip Whalen Lakeside to foothills There was only a couple of miles along Lake Ontario before my route turned eastwards again. Thus we bid a fond adieu to the Great Lakes – I won’t see such large bodies of water […]

Adriondacks across the lake 25:1:68   Sadly unroll sleepingbag: The missing lid for teapot!   -Philip Whalen Into green hills mountains While the route was, if anything, even more hilly than yesterday and the heat and humidity about the same this was a much more enjoyable day of riding. It was mostly in the woods […]

Falling water in the Adirondacks Since I came to dwell up on Cold Mountain how many ten thousands of years have gone by . . . Accepting chance and change, I hid away by a spring in a grove; perched there, just watching, I was satisfied. Not many come, out among these cliffs, but white […]

New England! Cold Mountain Road’s a joke, no cart track, no horse trail. Creeks like veins, but still it’s hard to mark the twists. Fields and fields of crags for crops, it’s hard to say how many. Tears of dew upon a thousand kinds of grasses; the wind sings best in one kind of pine. […]

Covered bridge in Vermont alone crossing the mountain”” another mountain   -Santoka Green to White Mountains Today I rode from the dwindling Green Mountains in Vermont to the foothills of the White Mountains in New Hampshire. No passes today but I have to say this was among the toughest riding I’ve done. The 25 miles […]

Summit of Kancamagus Pass over the mountain’s silence silent rain   -Santoka Last pass to cross past (perhaps) Today I crossed the seventh (eighth if you count the Middlebury Gap) pass of the tour and crossed into Maine the 14th and final state of the tour (plus one Canadian Provence). The day was again hot […]

Brunswick Cemetary The image, as in a Hexagram:   The hermit locks his door against the blizzard. He keeps the cabin warm.   All winter long he sorts out all he has. What was well started shall be finished. What was not, should be thrown away.   In spring he emerges with one garment and […]

Sunset at Belfast Bay the deep clear blue water shines brightly “” my sad shadow   -Santoka Long Shadow Today or tomorrow had to be a longer day due to camping options and I wanted it to be today. But I was slow to get started and took perhaps too many long breaks which led […]

Bar Harbor Pushed on by a flowing wind I come out to the sea   -Hōsai Ozaki country Today I completed my cross country ride from Seattle, around the Olympic Peninsula to Bar Harbor Maine. This last day of riding was a bit mixed: most of it was on highways 1 and 3 and there […]

Baa-Haa-Baa Hollyhocks fall to the ground trampled underfoot at the festival   -Masaoka Shiki 100 days of solitude Today was the hundredth day since I handed over the keys to my apartment in Seattle and set off: homeless and filled with wanderlust. While I, of course, always intended to cross country at that point it […]

The Atlantic from Cadillac Mountain The spring sea — all day long it rises and falls, rises and falls   -Yosa Buson Vanishing Point If a tourist town can wear one down I always can find solace in the woods. So this day I spent at Acadia National Park riding the Carriage Paths and up […]

The naked Atlantis at the Bar Harbor Bicycle Shop   As I grow old even the length of the day brings tears.   -Issa   All things must pass This is my final day in Bar Harbor and I spent the bulk of it preparing for departure. I took the final ride of the tour: […]

Between layers of clouds   How cool it is! The clouds have great peaks and small peaks   -Issa   Water running down Yestersay it had had been overcast and by evening rather cool (which I have to admit was nice). It started to rain when I went to bed and would continue to so […]

My Atlantis disassembled just out of the box Three weeks to the day that I dropped my Atlantis off at Bar Harbor Bicycle Shop it has finally returned to me. But damn did they overzealously break it down for boxing. I can understand much of the disassembly they did but was it necessary to take […]

Atlantis in East Montana Since returning from the terminus of my 2012 cross country bicycle touring I’ve been slowly (quite slowly alas) sorting through the thousands of photographs that I took. Now I was uploading photos as I went but these stopped around East Montana.  Why is that you ask? Well let me explain the […]

About a week before I set out on my cross country Journey to the East last year I put up a post about my charging system that I had worked out for that tour. It seems worthwhile to post the results of how that worked out for me.  For the tl;dr crowd: in the main […]

Fully Loaded Atlantis in front of the White Mountains in Vermont My touring kit had been pretty static the last few years, with often just one or two bits changed as I’d set out on tour.  This year, for my cross country tour, I changed quite a few things and thus set out with a […]

When I lost my job at the end of July 2011 I was thinking I’d set right off on a cross country bicycle tour. However all of the business involved in the lay off necessitated that I be in the area for at least a month and ideally three months. So I took my shorter […]

This packing list was at the bottom of my epically long Kit Considerations post. I was doing some editing and decided that this information would be better served as it’s own post. The two posts are linked to each other so nothing should be lost to the reader.  This allows the packing list to be […]

Prepping the Atlantis for tour Mid-May brought the PNW some unseasonably spectacular weather: about ten solid days in the mid-seventies to mid-eigthies fahrenheit. After going through a weekend in the 80s (F) I felt that sweltering in my apartment was all well and good (I took some top notch twilight rides around town) but that […]

Fellow traveller   May Micro-Tour day 2 There is nothing quite like waking up in your tent in the woods to the not so dulcet tones of a child bellowing through a megaphone.  Fortunately it wasn’t too early and I’d slept pretty decently, but talk about a motivation to get out of bed.  It was […]

May Micro-Tour day 3 With the shift in the tour route I now was able to take a day off and spend it on the beach.  So I did.  I spent the morning on the beach, walking up and down, taking pictures and letting the constant wash of the surf cleanse my mind. After a […]

Atlantis packed up and ready to roll May Micro-Tour day 4 The last day of the tour is of course the ride home.  Now when I was camping at Twin Harbors, just a few miles up the road, I rode back to Olympia in a straight shot, which I intended to repeat.  It is a […]

I’m back on tour again, another shortish jaunt; this time a bit over a week. I’m heading up to Victoria, B.C. In Canada to see some experimental classical music concerts. I don’t plan to “live blog” this one but I’m thinking I’ll use Track My Tour. So if interested follow along here: Tour into Silence. […]

  April 30th 2012 I left my apartment in Seattle WA and set off on the first stage of my cross country tour. I first rode to Olympia and spent a few days with friends before setting off around the Olympic Peninsula where I intersected with the Northern Tier route which I rode to Bar […]

Heading down Washington Pass Current Status (06.14.14):  I’ve completed sorting and uploading photos through day 100, Bar Harbor, Maine. This completes the cross country tour. However I do still have photos from the days I spent in Bar Harbor and the return trip to post. Those however will have to wait until after this summers […]

“The true traveller is without a goal, it is the absence of goals which creates the ultimate traveller.” -Gao Xingjian, Soul Mountain   It’s been two years since my Journey to the East (for which I’ve finally finished sorting the bulk of the photos. See my Journey to the East Index) and a couple of months […]

One is on the way for eons without leaving his house; one leaves his house without being on the way. -Lin-ji Following in my own footsteps My pilgrimage to the mountains begins by taking a familiar path from Olympia. Along Mud Bay and Hood Canal to Potlatch State Park. A short day but with it […]

Exhausted, I sought a country inn, but found wisteria in bloom -Bashō soft summer rain July gloom today, with low clouds and a on and off drizzle that sometimes would increase to a gentle rain. Again following families routes, but almost twice as much riding as yesterday and much more up and down. The first […]

“If a thing is worth doing once, it is worth doing over and over again – exploring it, probing it, demanding by its repetition that the public look at it.” -Mark Rothko coastlines Another day spent in very familiar territory. Apart from beginning/ending many tours in these parts I grew up on Fidalgo and Whidbey […]

those falling blossoms all return to the branch when I watch butterflies -Moritake a good day for sailing A difficult day for early in the tour: hot, long and strong winds blowing southeast. My route took me past campgrounds at 12 and 34 miles but they didn’t leave me in a decent place for the […]

I begin each day with breakfast greens and tea and morning glories -Kikaku raspberry fields forever Today was even hotter and more miles than yesterday and yet it was a really enjoyable day. The main variable is that instead of being against the wind it was often with me. I’ve said it before and I’ll […]

Fallen red blossoms from plum trees burst into flame among horse turds -Buson blowing upstream Sedro Wooley is the last town with a full range of facilities until over the mountains and as I intend to spend some time in the mountains I spent this morning taking advantage of said facilities. Laundry, shopping and so […]

I’m right on the edge of Cascade National Park and previous experience informs me that I won’t be getting much coverage for the next while. Also I intend to spend some extra time here and not just rush over the pass. Getting into the mountains is what this tour is about and it’s time to […]

“Let one walk alone, committing no sin, with few wishes. Like an elephant in the forest.’” – The Dhammapada the narrow way The road now narrows into a single path across the mountains but with many branches. I’ve ridden this path twice before and while the features are constant the details are ever changing. I […]

“Ten thousand things, all in this breath…” why are people in this world so busy? just for this one breath. They say, “busy, busy, mine mine…”, busy a whole lifetime for “Me”. When this breath is cut off you let go of the whole universe. Why not let go from the start?” – from Amongst […]

“But now that you’re in the mountains be ready to suffer.” -Gao Xingjian, Soul Mountain pushing that rock This the third time I’ve crossed Rainy and Washington passes and whole they’ve all been tough the heat on this day added to the overall challenge. I got up early and left early (for me) and hit […]

the moon this evening, and in the whole wide sky not a trace of cloud -Sōchō it gets hotter as you go down the valley I lingered at the Barn enjoying the facilities and the shade of its trees. But eventually I wrapped things up and hit the road for the short ride to the […]

like misty moonlight, watery, bewildering — our temporal way -Issa sirocco It didn’t cool down much last night which certainly led to a fitful night sleep. I knew it’d be another hot day so I made an attempt to leave earlier than I have been. But just a couple miles back on the road, after […]

The distant mountains are reflected in the eye of the dragonfly -Issa burnin’ It had been nice and cool overnight on the lake which was quite a relief I must say. Trying to get the bulk of the ride in before the heat of the day I did not linger in camp. You have to […]

O summer snail, you climb but slowly, slowly to the top of Fuji -Issa crossing the dry mountains It had actually gotten almost cold overnight which really was a relief. But I knew that today was suppose to be the peak of the heat and I had a pass to cross. I didn’t linger but […]

Even these long days are not nearly long enough for the skylarks to sing -Bashō with and against As has so often been the case this tour the morning was dramatically different than the afternoon. I did some errands in Ellensberg so got out later than I’d wanted but the wind from yesterday was still […]

Things spread out rolling and unrolling, packing and unpacking, — this painful impermanent world – Gary Snyder buy the ticket, take the ride It was still windy when I woke up, still blowing south. This added some difficulty to what otherwise would be a (relatively) easy pass to cross. White Pass ascends in a couple […]

This present moment      that lives on   to become   long ago -Gary Snyder a ride in the woods When I arose it was overcast and chilly. It’s hard to express what a relief that was: back home in Western WA. After the steep climb out of the campground I was back on 12 to […]

The white dome peak whacked lower down, open-sided crater on the northside, fumarole wisps a long gray fan of all that slid and fell angles down clear to the beach dark old-growth forest gone     no shadows The lake afloat with white bone blowdown logs scoured ridges round the rim, bare outcrop rocks squint on the […]

I have all the vestment I will ever need, not gauzy silk nor twill, and if you ask about the color, neither red, nor purple . . . In the summer it’s light as wings; in the winter it’s my quilt. Winter or summer, of use in both . . . Year upon year, just […]

A long hard journey, rain beating down the clover like a wanderer’s feet -Buson riding the PCT to OR It began to sprinkle as I retired to my tent last night and by morning was a full on downpour. Listening to the tapping of rain on the tent as I lie enveloped in warmth is […]

I always felt terrible on the trail the first day after a break. Katz, on the other hand, just always felt terrible. Whatever restorative effects a town visit offered always vanished with astounding swiftness on the trail. Within two minutes it was as if we had never been away—actually worse, because on a normal day […]

Sokei-an met an old man on the banks of the Columbia growing potatoes & living all alone, Sokei-an asked him the reason why he lived there he said   Boy, no one every asked me the reason why, I like to be alone I am an old man I have forgotten how to speak human […]

a world of dew, and within every dewdrop a world of struggle -Issa between the gods Today would be split between riding along the Columbia and riding up the Hood River Valley back into the Cascades. The morning was clear and cool and my route back to Cascade Locks was in the woods on the […]

sunset sweeps the sky with a single stroke -Hōsai Ozaki mountains and rivers This was a day of many crossings: four passes, three times over the Pacific Crest Trail, the Oregon Trail even. The primary activity was climbing back into the mountains proper. The day before on the Columbia Rover I was near sea level. […]

mountain wind descending -Hōsai Ozaki butterfly way The best riding on this tour has been on the forest roads right in the trees: Old Blewett Pass, the roads around Mt. St. Helens and today on the edge of the Mt. Hood wilderness. Things started slowly with a near five mile climb but this was followed […]

Traveling this high mountain trail, delighted by violets -Bashō thunder on the mountain When the weather gods displeasure falls on you the clouds roll in on the descents and are whisked away to reveal the hot sun on the climbs. Today was one of those days where while it dawned clear and warm clouds rolled […]

a desolate mountain remains of the setting sun -Hōsai Ozaki the storm breaks On coming down from Santiam Pass yesterday the character of the land had changed back to at dry scrubland with its sage, ponderosa pine and spares undergrowth. The ride from Sisters to Bend was all through land like that with, here and […]

quote in the high lake country After yesterday’s deluge and a damp morning I spent extra time hanging up everything wet in the sun and let them dry out a bit. Once I was on the road after only five or so miles of riding along Elk Lake and in the thin woods I came […]

dawn trees dampened by passing rain -Hōsai Ozaki perspective Overnight there was another thunderstorm the first one at. It. Massive flashes of lightning would light up my tent as if a gas lamp was momentarily flipped on. The thunder would echo up from the lake and roll over the hill above me. It rained just […]

Along the flow I walk and stop -Hōsai Ozaki Crater Lake Through the thin trees at my campsite the sun rose reddish-orange through a haze. Not having to pack up and such I had a leisurely morning but there was still going to be a full day of riding so by late morning I set […]

peaceful in mind getting up going to bed in mountains -Santoka lightning fires Today’s long climb was back up to a Crater Lake and the high point on the rim of over 7000 feet. Of course I did this yesterday unloaded and I didn’t it find it too tough in that condition. It was definitely […]

Before I arrived who were the people living here? Only violets remain -Issa riding the open range I had made reservations for the Ashland Hostel for today and the problem with reservations is you are constrained to make them! From Crater Lake to Ashland it’s a good two day distance but of course the campground […]

Prospero Our revels now are ended. These our actors, As I foretold you, were all spirits and Are melted into air, into thin air: And, like the baseless fabric of this vision, The cloud-capp’d towers, the gorgeous palaces, The solemn temples, the great globe itself, Ye all which it inherit, shall dissolve And, like this […]

Now is the winter of our discontent.   -Richard III, William Shakespeare another day, another play On my second full day in Ashland I really just spent the day doing the last of my errands and recovering, so there is little to report. However the fine folks who run the Ashland Hostel offered to try […]

The clouds come and go, providing a rest for all the moon viewers. -Issa California It turns out that the next campsite from Ashland is 70 miles away. I hadn’t quite realized this and I spent far too much time this morning running some final errands. I hit the road after 11 and it was […]

The full moon ringed by these innumerable stars and the sky a deep green -Shiki a wild ride From where I had camped in Weed it was an easy 4-5 miles back to the route which then climbed up through a valley most of the way to the town of Mt. Shasta. Mt. Shasta seemed […]

Warm nights, the lee of twisty pines — high jets crossing the stars -Gary Snyder scorched earth In the morning I found a hiker sitting on the picnic tables in the hike/bike site. He figured he’d camp at Burney Falls for a week or so, hike the trails, “maybe take the PCT over and then […]

came along a mountain path talking to myself   -Santoka under the volcano In 1915 Mount Lassen erupted – twice. Two years later Lassen Volcanic National Park was formed and like so many of those early parks the centerpiece is a road that runs through it. I’d wanted to spend a but of extra time […]

to the sound of flowing water found my way down to the village   -Santoka angels and Dutchmen The campground at Lassen is at over 7000 feet of altitude so it as a nice rid down to the valley below. As it does it warmed up as I descended but big fluffy white clouds kept […]

mornings are good! leaves fallen leaves yet to fall   -Santoka the face in the tree Mount Lassen is the end of the Cascade Range and today would be my first climbs in the Sierras. Things were still damp from the big rains of last night but the sun was out and it was warming […]

before this autumn wind even the shadows of mountains shudder and tremble -Issa mountain wind I lingered at Movin’ West RV Park primarily to get my laundry done as it wasn’t available to me until 9am. I talked to a fellow there who gave me the rundown on all the upcoming roads and mountains. I […]

Moon in mid sky, high over the village hovels and wandering on   -Buson I can see Nevada from my tent It was really cold last night which I have to say I’m grateful for when I’m snug in my sleeping bag, but packing up this morning I could have used a sweater. Of course […]

warm day — and still some food on hand   -Santoka it’s Tahoe vs Veygus in the Big Game It was another chilly, mountain morning, though not as outright cold as yesterday. Climbing the hill out of the campground warmed me right up anyway. I did a bit of riding high above Lake Tahoe which […]

the crow silently flew off   -Hōsai Ozaki apex predator Another chilly morning, but once the sun hove into view it quickly began to warm up. Almost as quickly as I am on to climbing up a pass. As I turned left following 89, hwy 4 pealed off the route and went down a signed […]

butterflies in the wind seeing them on their way   -Santoka through the devils gate The high, rocky valley walls effectively block the sun both setting and rising leading to a truly cold night. I had to put on my raincoat in the morning to warmup. I had ridden part way up the pass getting […]

The Mountain Spirit (excerpt)   Driving all night south from Reno Through cool-porches Bridgeport, past Mono Lake’s pale glow, past tongues of obsidian flow stopped chill, and the angled granite face on the east Sierra front —   -Gary Snyder High Point Today i would ride Tioga Road into Yosemite Park. This was pretty much […]

To the timid traveler, fresh from the sedimentary levels of the lowlands, these highways, however picturesque and grand, seem terribly forbidding– cold, dead, gloomy gashes on the bones of the mountains, and all of Nature’s ways the ones to be most cautiously avoided. Yet the are full of the finest and most telling examples of […]

But no temple made with hands can compare with Yosemite. Every rock in its walls seems to glow with life. Down through the middle of the Valley flows the crystal Merced, River of Mercy, peacefully quiet, reflecting lilies and trees and the onlooking rocks; things frail and fleeting and types of endurance meeting here and […]

It seems strange that visitors to Yosemite should be so little influenced by the novel grandeur, as if their eyes were bandaged and their ears stopped. Most of those who I saw yesterday were looking down as if wholly unconscious of anything going on about them, while the sublime rocks were trembling with the tones […]

Everyone needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where Nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike.   -John Muir steaming into the valley Today was going to be a short day due to the vagaries of campgrounds and timing so that I’d reach […]

somehow I get to go on living among summer grasses   -Santoka the empty lake Today was mostly spent in the low altitude valleys and it was hot. First thing In the morning I crossed the San Joaquin River and then climb right back over 2000 feet. But the rest of the day was primarily […]

all withered– grasses I walked over going nowhere   -Santoka big hills into big trees Packing up this morning I received a surprise as when I was pulling,stuff out of my Hobo Bag (the handlebar bag) a giant hairy, tan spider charged out. A wolf spider I’m pretty sure, (though perhaps a hobo spider!) it […]

The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness.   -John Muir riding with the generals I spent part of the morning exploring what I could in Kings Canyon but alas the titular canyon itself is thirty miles up a road perpendicular to the route. It’d take at least a couple of days […]

The big tree is nature’s first masterpiece, and, as far as I know, the greatest if all living things. – John Muir amongst the monarchs I spent this day in Sequioa National Park Park experience as much as I could of the park. I took the shuttle up from my campground in the morning and […]

“The mountains are calling and I must go.” -John Muir low and high My campground was only four miles or so from the entrance to Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park and I reveled in my final glimpses up the valley. Moro rock stood out as did the surrounding rock edifices. But out of the canyon I […]

I wish to say nothing. What does the sky say? -Confucius last walk with giants Even after yesterday’s long climb there was still nearly 3000 feet remaining up into the Giant Sequoia Monument. This was much easier being first thing in the morning when it was cooler and I was more rested. But I also […]

got this far drink some water and go on -Santoka hungry ghosts I had pushed it to Lake Isabella as Labor Day Weekend is a wildcard I had to take into account. In the end it would have worked out fine if I’d shown up on Friday afternoon – the campground has filled up but […]

Mountains, rivers, and the great earth, Grass, trees, and the forests, All are mu. -Bassui no goal reached Lake Isabella is the end of section four of the Sierra-Cascades route and as far as I’m going to follow the route. Today I strike off on a route to Bakersfeild that I put together on Google […]

all day I said nothing unable to sleep the moonlit night   -Santoka this train is bound for Oly My train didn’t leave until the evening so this meant I had most of a day to kill in Bakersfield. I was close to the central downtown and let me tell you there isn’t much action […]

Bottle in hand, I climb out on this great rock. Since Heaven and Earth began it’s stood a thousand feet above the water. I raise my cup and smile at the sky, and the Heavens whirl until the sun shines out of the West! I could sit here on this rock forever! hanging my hook […]

On tour this summer, just outside of Yakama on a hot mid-July Day I started hearing a rhythmic thunking as I rode on an overpass. I pulled over and slowly pushed the bicycle forward looking for things dangling, or rubbing or something. And look what I found. This is why I use Marathon Plus tires […]

This year I’m not going to be able to do any extended touring, so I’m attempting to make the most of three-day weekends and overnight trips.  As I’ve noted in these pages it has been quite warm this spring so when Memorial Day Weekend rolled around I finally decided to do a trip I’ve been […]

  I awoke to find it damp with streams of mist running down the trail. I made breakfast and broke camp and then walked down to Alice Creek to clean my dishes. A lively creek that ran though trees and over rocks into an aged cement culvert under the trail where it disappeared from my view. […]

It was again nice and cool in the mountains, for which I remained a bit under clothed.  But I slept pretty well on this night after two days of hard riding and there is nothing better then waking up in the woods to the calling of birds. I packed up, cooked breakfast, washed up and […]

  spring comes simply with a pale blue sky -Issa No-thinking; just tour I was heading out late Sunday morning for a ride and as I was about to board the light rail for a bit of a head start I decided that I should take advantage of the unseasonably warm stretch ahead and go […]

“All through the land an unenlightend person is hard to find.” -Lin-ji (paraphrased) Overnight I came to the decision that I wanted to sit in cafes, on beaches, in the woods, on the sound just taking things in. This morning dawned clear and bright and was going to be another in this series of “summer […]

 “Thus, the sage performs effortless deeds and teaches wordless lessons.” – Lao-Tzu I didn’t have too much riding planned for this day, I primarily desired to visit a few of my favorite spots on Fidalgo Island. But being at Deception Pass State Park – which I haven’t camped at in decades – I decided to […]

  even for the meadow butterflies… the day is long -Issa The plan is to go to Orcas Island and spend some time at Moran State Park.  The ferries aren’t really amenable to maximizing ones time on an island. That is I wanted to go over early this morning and return mid afternoon tomorrow. That’d […]

in hazy night stepping into water… losing my way -Issa It drizzled a bit overnight but by the morning it was dry and grey. As I noted earlier the ferries weren’t really conducive to maximizing my time on Orcas and still getting to the next campground. I had the options of leaving around noon or […]

sunset— tears shine in a frog’s eyes too -Issa I had to be back this afternoon so I decided I’d take the morning Amtrak Cascades train back to Seattle. To maximize my time I’d chosen to camp at Bayview State Park which is only about ten miles from the train station. The train left around […]

larks in the sky people in the sea… a holiday -Issa   A hot start I’ve found myself pining for the coast and with another free space I’m back on the road. The weather is again unusually hot with a high of 90(f) on this day. I set myself a short first day, with my […]

dawn’s glow even more of a wonder… willow tree -Issa waiting to exhale I woke at dawn and looking out the door of my tent saw the eastern colors reflecting off the canal and touching the clouds with color. A deep contentment filled me and I sat in for long moments in reflecton. soft colors of dawn […]

stillness— in the depths of the lake billowing clouds -Issa wind and water The day dawned grey and cool – a relief after the heat of the last few days. It would break up as the day progressed, leading to blue skies streaked with trails of clouds.  I had many miles to ride this day […]

the ants’ road from peaks of clouds to here -Issa a short ride over a long bridge A grey morning, cooler and every so often brief periods of sprinkles. Today I’d cross the Astoria Bridge to OR and I decided that I would stay the night in Astoria.  I haven’t really spent much time in […]

watching the downpour under a temple bell -Issa sometimes it pours I lingered in Astoria having breakfast out, relishing supplies, finishing my coffee. The skids were cloudy, but streaked with blue and it was warm when the sun worked its way through the cracks.  I made my way out of town the same way I came […]

today too today too… cheating clouds -Issa rain day I’ve planned all along to spend several days on the beaches but on this day the weather forced my hand.  It rained on and off throughout the night and when I woke up it was really coming down. I’d begun to recognize the pattern though: sprinkles […]

blown forth by the spring breeze… pilgrims -Issa drifting down the coast There was some early morning rain but then the front moved by and the sun cand out.  I lingered in camp, drying out and recombobulating things.  So it was nice and warm when I returned to the road and continued drifting south. The wind […]

in spring breeze his stole billowing… a monk comes too -Issa wind and waves I decided to stay another night at Cape Lookout, so that I could explore Cape Mears which I’d missed yesterday.  Taking a leisurely morning I enjoyed the first bright blue dawn in a couple of days.  The sun was already quite […]

today too, today too living in mist… little house -issa a long day’s journey into…evening I awoke to the sound of drizzle pitter pattering on my tent.  Now the sound of rain on the tent is an experience not to be missed, but I did intend to pack up and leave Cape Lookout today.  It fell […]

low tide in a soft, soft rain… darkness coming -Issa between showers This was another day predicted to be filled with a series of fronts moving through so I decided to stay at Bevery Beach Campground and explore the coast. Considering that I’d moved along this section of the coast pretty fast yesterday Ithis would give me […]

plum blossoms— in my account book I enter “cash for sake” -Issa beach to beach It rained all night only ceasing upon the dawn.  So it was a damp morning of packing as I broke camp and headed south.  A scant distance Down 101 I came to Newport and the turnoff to Yaquina Head Lighthouse. […]

where I saw a pretty bird… they burn the mountain -Issa without intentions This day was mostly clear, with an unusual southerly wind blowing white streamers of clouds across the blue canvas. On the road I almost immediately reached Yachats where I stopped at the Bread & Roses Bakery and lingered over their fine coffee […]

dancing butterflies— my journey forgotten for a while -Issa the butterfly flies anyway Umpqua Lighthouse State Park was the southern most extent of my journeys.  In fact I had gone beyond the road where I needed to start heading east.  So this day requires back tracking north for a ways.  But I was going to […]

in summer cool ambling down my road to hell -Issa a step east On this day I would leave 101 for the first time since joining it in SW Washington.  I was riding to Eugene which was a fair piece and since I desired to spend some time in the city I left early. It was […]

in beads of dew one by one my home village -Issa   all things must pass I made one last stop in The Whit at the New Day Bakery – which was great – before I made my way to the Amtrak Station. This being the beginning of the Amtrak Cascades route the train was ready and […]

Coastal Contemplations index In June 2016 I spent two weeks touring on the Pacific Coast.  A leisurely tour, the emphasize was on the scenery, the environments and contemplation.  As usual I blogged the tour here as it went on the links of which I have collected here. Additionally I took over a thousand photos on […]

In 2016 I undertook three tours, the last of which end abruptly. This is the tale of that tour. My plan was to take the bus up to North Bend and then ride to the Iron Horse Trail which I would then take nearly to Cle Elum.  From there I’d ride to Roslyn, Cle Elum Lake […]

I awoke to a clear, cool morning in the midst of the Cascade Mountains. After making breakfast and breaking down camp I discovered that the outhouse at the Cold Creek Campground was locked.  This didn’t bode well. I wasn’t too far from the Hyak Trailhead so I rode back up there to use the facilities. […]

Day 3 dawned clear, cool and sunny. It was wonderful being in the midst of the mountains along the talkative Cle Elum River.  I made breakfast and packed up and then enjoyed a second cup of coffee sitting on a rock in the river. The plan today was to ride a trail to Cooper Lake […]

dayhikes

I ended up with a few unanticipated days off in early January and on one of those days I hiked up onr of the trails up Tiger Mountain.  One of my favorite bicycle  routes passes this trail which heads up to Poo Poo Point where hang gliders launch off on windy summer days and I’ve […]

General

Well I haven’t done so well this year on this blog, but honestly my blogging is down in general.  My reading of blogs is also down for what that’s worth.  Of course part of it I explained in the last post; I’ve been doing less longer, interesting rides, and I haven’t done as much hiking […]

  While I’m never going to be a daily (or even weekly) blogger I never intended for it to be this bleak here.  The truth is that I’ve only really done one ride of interest since my last post (which I still should write up).  Work has been unbelievably crazy this winter (I’ve been working on a […]

“The lesson of TAO is more likely to be found among gardeners, hermits, mountain people, smiling eccentrics, those who build their own homes, children, parents who learn from their children, loafers, amateurs, serene psychotics, animals, those who look at the sunset, men who walk in the woods, woods, beautiful women, cooks, those who sit by […]

About the first thing I encountered in New Hampshire My apologizes for the technical issues and lack of posting here. It turns out that my database was 96% full so I moved my other blog to another server (if your links are now messed up, the Spiral Cage blog can now be found here: http://www.hollowearthrecordings.com/blog/ […]

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  from The River by Alessandro Sanna

Iron Horse Trail

This year I’m not going to be able to do any extended touring, so I’m attempting to make the most of three-day weekends and overnight trips.  As I’ve noted in these pages it has been quite warm this spring so when Memorial Day Weekend rolled around I finally decided to do a trip I’ve been […]

  I awoke to find it damp with streams of mist running down the trail. I made breakfast and broke camp and then walked down to Alice Creek to clean my dishes. A lively creek that ran though trees and over rocks into an aged cement culvert under the trail where it disappeared from my view. […]

It was again nice and cool in the mountains, for which I remained a bit under clothed.  But I slept pretty well on this night after two days of hard riding and there is nothing better then waking up in the woods to the calling of birds. I packed up, cooked breakfast, washed up and […]

No-Thinking Tour

  spring comes simply with a pale blue sky -Issa No-thinking; just tour I was heading out late Sunday morning for a ride and as I was about to board the light rail for a bit of a head start I decided that I should take advantage of the unseasonably warm stretch ahead and go […]

“All through the land an unenlightend person is hard to find.” -Lin-ji (paraphrased) Overnight I came to the decision that I wanted to sit in cafes, on beaches, in the woods, on the sound just taking things in. This morning dawned clear and bright and was going to be another in this series of “summer […]

 “Thus, the sage performs effortless deeds and teaches wordless lessons.” – Lao-Tzu I didn’t have too much riding planned for this day, I primarily desired to visit a few of my favorite spots on Fidalgo Island. But being at Deception Pass State Park – which I haven’t camped at in decades – I decided to […]

  even for the meadow butterflies… the day is long -Issa The plan is to go to Orcas Island and spend some time at Moran State Park.  The ferries aren’t really amenable to maximizing ones time on an island. That is I wanted to go over early this morning and return mid afternoon tomorrow. That’d […]

in hazy night stepping into water… losing my way -Issa It drizzled a bit overnight but by the morning it was dry and grey. As I noted earlier the ferries weren’t really conducive to maximizing my time on Orcas and still getting to the next campground. I had the options of leaving around noon or […]

sunset— tears shine in a frog’s eyes too -Issa I had to be back this afternoon so I decided I’d take the morning Amtrak Cascades train back to Seattle. To maximize my time I’d chosen to camp at Bayview State Park which is only about ten miles from the train station. The train left around […]

Overnight

Atlantis, loaded for camping The end of April graced us with several spectacular days. Around noon on the 24th I decided that I was going to go on an overnighter up at Potlatch State Park, which I had been to on my 2011 tour and knew wasn’t too epic of a route.  So began a […]

Mount Rainier shrouded in clouds Since returning from tour I haven’t had a lot of chances to get out in the (nearly) always beautiful PNW Autumn.  My bicycle needed a bunch of work and it took getting into a new place and emptying out my storage unit to have the necessary tools. Then a visit […]

Photoessay

As I noted in my Solstice Ride post, I’d set out with the thought of walking along the shore and making some coffee (or tea) in the out of doors.  That did’t end up happening as my wandering nature got the best of me and the lure of exploring new territory proved stronger.  With the […]

My favorite recent Atlantis shot The end of the 2014 has been marked by unusually wet and warm weather (pineapple express!) interspersed with unusually dry, clear and cold.  Sure it’s not the approaching absolute zero of the midwest or what have you, but it’s been cold. However I wanted to get in one last ride […]

Atlantis framing Mount Rainier The beginning of 2015 found me waylaid by a cold and thus I didn’t get out on my bicycle until January 5th 2015. As per my wont I didn’t get out of the house until late and I ended up doing a fairly standard ride here in the Puget Sound area: […]

Cascades, Space Needle, Seattle across the sound Way back on the 8th, in this abnormally warm February, I took advantage of a Sunday afternoon to ride to West Seattle for a picnic. Not much of note to really report on the ride – it was all pretty familiar territory I’ve ridden (and written about) before. […]

Atlantis in Madison Park On a particularly warm and sunny day in early April I took a meandering ride along Lake Washington. Riding through parks along the water and then I skirted the University of Washington along the Union Bay Natural Area the wildlife was out in force. I concluded at Magnuson Park where I […]

Photography

WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS by Shel Silverstein   There is a place where the sidewalk ends And before the street begins, And there the grass grows soft and white, And there the sun burns crimson bright, And there the moon-bird rests from his flight To cool in the peppermint wind Let us leave this place […]

There are men these days seek a road to the clouds, cloud roads, dark and trackless. Mountains are high with many dangerous crags, green crags above and down below as well. And cloud roads, where are they? Cloud roads are empty; clouds roads are in empty space. -Han Shan, translated by J.P. Seaton

  It’s been really nice of late and I’ve been more interested in riding than writing if you catch my meaning. However the weather has turned to pretty typical Pacific NW late winter/early spring – colder with persistent rain. Of course this doesn’t deter me from riding, but things do tend to be more utilitarian […]

Showers on part of this ride I’ve been living in Seattle for about nine months now (and of course just across Lake Washington for 12+ years) and am going to at the end of this month set out on an extended bicycle tour. I’ve moved in at the tail end of summer and was here […]

flowers, somewhat faded in the dwindling sunlight – summer wanes a cat amongst the weeds suddenly looks up still sitting; still listening to the rain a cat in the alley pauses briefly – a soft rain begins the sun shines down on me – still strong, but weakening Macro photo set on Flickr

  dripping wet flowers, shine out under grey autumn skies

  only reflections – walking in the rain Posted from Bainbridge Island, Washington, United States.

Downtown Olympia with Mount Rainier in the Distance Posted from Olympia, Washington, United States.

Quickbeam at Seward Park See more Quickbeam glamour shots in my Flickr Gallery: Quickbeam  

Poesy

WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS by Shel Silverstein   There is a place where the sidewalk ends And before the street begins, And there the grass grows soft and white, And there the sun burns crimson bright, And there the moon-bird rests from his flight To cool in the peppermint wind Let us leave this place […]

There are men these days seek a road to the clouds, cloud roads, dark and trackless. Mountains are high with many dangerous crags, green crags above and down below as well. And cloud roads, where are they? Cloud roads are empty; clouds roads are in empty space. -Han Shan, translated by J.P. Seaton

    Cancel all Debts Robbers never strike at the homes of the poor; Private wealth does not benefit the entire nation. Calamity has its source in the accumulated riches of a few, People who lose their souls for ten thousand coins. -Ikkyu (1394-1491)

flowers, somewhat faded in the dwindling sunlight – summer wanes a cat amongst the weeds suddenly looks up still sitting; still listening to the rain a cat in the alley pauses briefly – a soft rain begins the sun shines down on me – still strong, but weakening Macro photo set on Flickr

Public Transit

Watch out for that train! It’s been a rainy week in Seattle (and all around the PNW), with strong wind, sleet and even wet snow on a few days.  And it was just starting to seem like spring was around the corner. Of course it is, less than two weeks away, and this wetter chillier […]

quotes

“I am losing precious days. I am degenerating into a machine for making money. I am learning nothing in this trivial world of men. I must break away and get out into the mountains to learn the news” ― John Muir

Ramblings

My Novara Safari on the way to work this morning. On the bicycle related mailing lists that I frequent the issue of owning “just one bicycle” comes up now and again. Amongst these enthusiasts it often is a hypothetical – “I currently own 15 bicycles and if I could only have one bicycle it would […]

Touring is my favorite cycling activity but in all honesty one I rarely get to do.  It requires a pretty serious block of time and in this era of “increased productivity” time is in short supply.  Time must also be divided between one’s interests and while cycling and touring are a great love it is […]

At last it is spring. Not that today was much different then yesterday but lets face it – there is a level in which its all mental. The real big change as far as I’m concerned was the shift to daylight savings time a couple weeks back.  I commute year round and a certain percentage […]

Since returning from the tour I’ve spent a decent amount of time thinking about it, especially when I’ve been out riding.  This tour was the longest one I’ve done to date in both time and miles and in many ways I considered it a sort of benchmark for future touring related activities.  When I did […]

Space Shuttle Atlantis on the launch pad before its final flight. I was 8 years old when the first shuttle flight in 1981 occurred and space was still huge for us kids.  The space race wasn’t like it was in 1969 but the shuttle was kind of the end of that era – the last real big […]

Today, the shortest day of the year, is also the last day I’ll be riding in 2011.  Tomorrow I set off to visit family for the holidays and won’t return until 2012.   Once a week I ride (mostly; I’ve taken the bus a couple of times) over to Bellevue, which is just across Lake […]

My Atlantis in Seattle’s Olympic Sculpture Garden. Been a slow start to 2012, what with holiday travel and then a solid week of snow and ice upon my return.  But things have been picking up this week which has had some sunny (though cold) days.  Of course I’m not a fair weather rider at all […]

Watch out for that train! It’s been a rainy week in Seattle (and all around the PNW), with strong wind, sleet and even wet snow on a few days.  And it was just starting to seem like spring was around the corner. Of course it is, less than two weeks away, and this wetter chillier […]

A Quickbeam in the grass, alas It’s been some time since I’ve done much riding on the Quickbeam. The winter months were much more suited toward the Atlantis what with it’s generator light, fat durable tires and ability to carry multiple extra layers of clothes.  Also while I’ve done the commute on the Quickbeam, climbing […]

Atlantis at the Ballard Locks It’s rare that these two significant holidays occur on the same day but instead of celebrating either I went for a rambling ride along Seattle waterways. The weekend had been rather grey and rainy and Sunday was expected to be similar but with that spring like character of occasional sun […]

Quickbeam on Beacon Hill As the days get shorter and the temperatures lower I’ve found that I’ve been enjoying taking little short rides on my Quickbeam. I’m generally more of long exploratory ramble kind of guy, but I often set out late as the mood strikes.  In the winter that leads to my riding being a lot more […]

 Winter Solstice on Puget Sound I was inclined to take a ride in the short amount of sunlight available on the Winter Solstice and thought I’d head to the beach at West Seattle and bile up some coffee.  I loaded up my trusty Atlantis with my camp stove, alcohol, some coffee (also tea, in case […]

Cascades, Space Needle, Seattle across the sound Way back on the 8th, in this abnormally warm February, I took advantage of a Sunday afternoon to ride to West Seattle for a picnic. Not much of note to really report on the ride – it was all pretty familiar territory I’ve ridden (and written about) before. […]

  Pictures from a ride with Shawn “Urban Adventure League” Granton on a clear, sunny and cold New Years Eve. We did a South Seattle ride through West Seattle, Burien, White Center, South Park, Georgetown, Sodo and for myself Beacon Hill while Shawn ended in the ID. Beautiful, clear and cold with stunning views of […]

Randonneuring

For various reasons this year I’m going to have extremely limited options for bicycle touring, most likely limited to overnights and three day weekends. For me what I really love about touring is the mindset that you get into, a form of mindfulness where you are in harmony with your surroundings, bicycle and body.  After all […]

This was the third Populaire I’ve done with the Seattle International Randonneurs and the third one where it rained. This was the rainiest of the bunch though.  The ride started 9am at Woodland Park in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle.  It started drizzling a few minutes before the start and was a good steady rain by […]

Ride Reports

I had decided to ride up to Snoqualmie pass on the Iron Horse Trail and riding through the tunnel this weekend. I set out (late as usual, but not so later for me) but this interminable noise from my bicycle forced me to pull over and give it a once over to see if I […]

On Saturday I did the ride that I meant to do a couple of weeks ago when I discovered that cracked rim.  This was a ride to Issaquah, taking the trails up to Snoqualmie and then to Rattlesnake Lake and finally ride the Iron Horse trail through the tunnel that goes through Snoqualmie Pass.  This […]

So at the democratic caucus on February 9th I’d volunteered to be an alternate delegate for Obama. Well last Saturday, April 5th, was the next step in the process. The location was only about 6 miles from me and all of the mailings were going on about parking issues so I swore I’d ride in.  […]

Can’t help whistling, the morning, the woods, how blue. -Hōsai Ozaki As I’ve noted earlier this has been a long, cold, wet winter in which I’ve been extremely busy with a project at work.  All of these conditions have added up to the slowest cycling spring I’ve had in years.  Well things have finally slowed […]

The seemingly interminable project I’ve been working on has finally come to an end and I’m on call as it awaits approval fir manufacture. This spring has been wet and cold but warm days have begun to appear though so far they have been few and separated by a return to cold and wet. So […]

I wasn’t sure where I was going to go, just that I needed to go. The paucity of cycling for this year was exacerbated by my Jury Duty for which I ended up taking the bus into Seattle for 7 days out of 10.  Thus I was not even getting in my typical commute ride. […]

The weather had really turned nice over the Fourth of July weekend, with Saturday predicted to be the sunniest, with temps edging into “hot” territory.  When it gets hot I like to ride into the mountains, or on an island and as I’d ridden into the mountains (or at least foothills) the weekend before, islands […]

Parking my Atlantis in a little neighborhood park in West Olympia. I moved out of the house I’ve been living in, in Kirkland, WA at the end of July and didn’t have a new place to move into until September 1st.  So I’ve been spending the last couple of weeks with a friend in Olympia, […]

Autumn is certainly in full force now and while we still have beautiful days, apparently El Nino has pushed the weather patterns closer to late October at this point. But three weeks ago it was still quite nice (through increasingly variable) and I decided to ride to Olympia to spend a long weekend with a […]

November is historically the peak of storm season in Western Washington but it doesn’t really kick in until mid-month. This year appears to be no exception with storm season beginning today, but yesterday was a perfect autumn day.  We are at the point where the trees have fully changed colors, but most of the leaves […]

Showers on part of this ride I’ve been living in Seattle for about nine months now (and of course just across Lake Washington for 12+ years) and am going to at the end of this month set out on an extended bicycle tour. I’ve moved in at the tail end of summer and was here […]

Shadow Rider January was pretty bleak this year with some quite cold weather here in Olympia. I can’t deny the impulse to hunker down and hibernate in these conditions. The rains came back and it warmed up a bit but while I’m always game to ride in the rain it doesn’t really inspire one to […]

The Mountain as seen from Fay Bainbridge State Park After an unseasonable cool and rainy September the first weekend in October was one of those perfect PNW Autumn days. I’d recently gotten a new camera (a Nikon 1 J2 for you trainspotters out there) and I went out for rides on both Saturday and Sunday […]

Atlantis in the Leaves It’s been one of those weeks and as so often is the case there is no better therapy than a nice bicycle ride. I’ve been pining to get back to the mountains and while I set out too late to really get into the Cascades I did make it to the […]

Trees on Lake Washington It’s been quite some time since my last point and while there is a backlog of things I should have put some work into there hasn’t been much of interest going on.  The winter doldrums perhaps, hindering rides and blogging past glories.  There are a couple of events that happened at the […]

Ragged lines on grey canvas While I don’t much dig the whole “spring forward” part, I’m always happier when we are on Daylight Savings Time. It means more light after work allowing for these more meandering commutes home. It means that my typically late starts for weekend rides can still be a solid ride before […]

Atlantis at the Ballard Locks It’s rare that these two significant holidays occur on the same day but instead of celebrating either I went for a rambling ride along Seattle waterways. The weekend had been rather grey and rainy and Sunday was expected to be similar but with that spring like character of occasional sun […]

Riding Dirty Saturday January 16th I left my place on Beacon Hill a bit after 8am and rode across Mercer Island and south on Lake Washington to Newcastle Beach Park. I was meeting an ad hoc group of SIR and CBC members engaged in the second of six Winter Training Rides.  Most of these rides are […]

I missed out on three of the Winter Training Series rides since the last one I did, but made it to Number Six last weekend. I can only make it to the rides that I can ride to, or conveniently take public transit and for this years WTS quite a few of the rides do not […]

Selected Reports

The single greatest factor that keeps me cycling on my own is that I’m not a morning person. This state of affairs leads me to rarely do club rides, brevets and most organized rides. One  exception to this is that I’ve been riding Cascade BicycleClubs Chilly Hilly for the last few years. I commute year […]

I’ve been a member of the Cascade Cycling Club for many years now, but I don’t really take much advantage of their rides. I really enjoy cycling by myself, able to go as fast (or more often) as slow as I want, stop when and for how long as I please and take the route […]

I’ve been hankering for a long ride for some time now but for various reasons I haven’t been able to get out for a true all day ride. This weekend started off poor with a storm forecasted for Saturday. While never quite reaching storm levels the all day rain wasn’t tempting for an all day […]

Dawn: 4:29am I got up significantly later then this and found the rear tire on my Atlantis to be flat. Same with my “backup” bicycle. D’oh! So it was the automobile which making the best of a bad situation I took the opportunity to run some errands. Arriving home that evening after dinner I changed […]

The Mill Creek McMenamins My favorite form of cycling is the ramble, where I simple head out and ride and end up where I will. I may decide on a direction, or a set of roads I want to check out but there is no real destination in mind. However I do often pick a […]

If you haven’t read Part One of this trip report. that link will take you there. Or scroll down! Anyway one with the story, which finds me at Rattlesnake Lake State Park 20 miles from the Snoqualmie Tunnel but resolved to go on. I lingered just long enough to drink some Gatorade, eat a granola […]

I’ve been working a lot of late and that has cut into my rec riding. So when after a week of long hours it was determined that we didn’t need to work over the weekend I took full advantage of this. I still wanted to sleep in and laze about a bit so as I […]

My Safari on the way to work. Finally after far too long (almost three weeks) I’m back on the bicycle today. As you can see from the above photo, I rode in on my back-up bicycle. As initially planned I was kitted out in rain gear, had loaded up the Atlantis and headed out Tuesday […]

Entering Watershed Park I had nothing going on this Sunday and was itching to get out on my bicycle. It was almost perfectly clear weather with little wind and with a week of clouds and rain forecast I wanted a bit of this winter sun. As usual I dawdled around my house until the early […]

My Atlantis at Sandy’s Espresso I’ve been itching for a longer ride and I vowed to take one this Saturday. The week had been pretty mixed weather wise, with partially clear skies one moment and wind and rain the next. In other words it was spring. The reports were looking good for Saturday and when […]

A couple of Sunday’s back after a drought of non commuting rides I set out from my house wending through the Kirkland Suburbia.  I wasn’t sure where I was going exactly, but there really are only three directions to go from my house due to Lake Washington and I’d been concentrated more on the eastern […]

As I’ve mentioned in the past, I’m doing the a ride to Vancouver with my cycling club this year. Well the ride is this Friday, August 15th, so this past weekend was the last weekend prior.  I took this opportunity to get my bicycle ship shape and ready for the ride. I had noticed the […]

So the day has come, my big cycling event for this year: Cascade Cycling Clubs RSVP ride.  Packing I’d guess 275 miles of riding into four days, in between about the busiest I’ve been at work in a long time. Tired yes, but I feel pretty good cycling wise. My rides of late really have […]

Dawn in Kirkland The first day of Cascade Cycling Clubs RSVP ride began early with my alarm waking me up at 4:30 in morning. The starting line for the ride was officially 6:30-7:30 and I planned to start around 7.  As I’ve mentioned before I’m always ride to the ride so I needed enough time […]

Riding across Red Square at WWU. I woke up at 6am with thoughts of breakfast on my mind. Back when I was in high school I stayed at Western a couple of summers for Debate Camp and I knew you could get breakfast in the Student Union and while not great food, there would at […]

My Atlantis on the bicycle path in Stanley Park The day dawned bright and clear and promising to be another hot day. I had a couple of tasks that needed to be resolved in short order: Coffee, Food and collecting my bicycle from the RSVP storage room.  I had awoken around 8 and the bicycle […]

Sidney by the sea. The final day of my short little trip dawn mostly clear and windy.  After completing my morning routine in pretty short order I set out for coffee and breakfast.  I walked down the street checking out my options but the place that immediately appealed was a bakery that had doughnuts mounded […]

My Atlantis in Victoria I had a great time on this trip both on the group ride and even more so on my solo return home.  I said in the past that the reason I do Chilly Hilly every year is to remind myself why I don’t do large group rides.  I missed Chilly Hilly […]

Since I put the old blog to pasture I’ve of course kept up my riding. But its been a rather rocky year so far, with one of the coldest, snowiest winters I’ve experienced in Washington, one that went on well into early spring. While I of course kept on commuting and doing small rec rides […]

Posted from Kirkland, Washington, United States.

Atlantis in Poulsbo The primary reason I’m a member of the Cascade Cycling Club is to support their advocacy work, but I do try to do one of their rides every year or so. Previously I’ve ridden Chilly Hilly (reports on these rides here) and RSVP (my report here), but the one other ride of […]

The weather had really turned nice over the Fourth of July weekend, with Saturday predicted to be the sunniest, with temps edging into “hot” territory.  When it gets hot I like to ride into the mountains, or on an island and as I’d ridden into the mountains (or at least foothills) the weekend before, islands […]

Parking my Atlantis in a little neighborhood park in West Olympia. I moved out of the house I’ve been living in, in Kirkland, WA at the end of July and didn’t have a new place to move into until September 1st.  So I’ve been spending the last couple of weeks with a friend in Olympia, […]

Simplify Simplify

A few years ago my grandfather on my mothers side of the family died and I was one of the people that went through his apartment helping to depose of his possessions. Its an odd experience to be in a space that has been someones life, finding the objects that they have attached some memories […]

(I wrote this about 6 months ago and am republishing it here with some recent updates. This is the promised follow up to the earlier Too much of everything post.) I’m in the throes of a process I’m referring to as “radical detachment” in which I’m riding myself of much ephemera that I’ve held onto […]

  I’m nearing the end of my process of drastically reducing the amount of stuff that I own (as discussed here and here) and I thought I’d discuss a bit of the results of all of this. I’ve been converting a lot of atoms into bits; music into digital files, books into eBooks, objects into […]

Last photo of my 1991 Honda Civic Today I sold my 1991 Honda Civic and have finally gone car free. I bought this car in 1999 when I was commuting from Olympia to Seattle in a 1969 VW Bug.  It served me well for that commute (which fortunately would only last another few months) and […]

Drinking a home brewed porter The next step in my program of simplification is to target areas of one’s consumption. Readers of this blog know I enjoy craft beer and it certainly is a measurable portion of my consumption. Clearly brewing my own beer is the answer! I dabbled in home brewing in the late […]

Jan . 17 . Surveying for William O . Benjamin east part of Lincoln. Saw a red squirrel on the wall, it being thawing weather. Human beings with whom I have no sympathy are far stranger to me than inanimate matter, — rocks or earth. Looking on the last, I feel comparatively as if I […]

The pub my destination

The Mill Creek McMenamins My favorite form of cycling is the ramble, where I simple head out and ride and end up where I will. I may decide on a direction, or a set of roads I want to check out but there is no real destination in mind. However I do often pick a […]

Last weekend I had an ambitious riding trip planned that I had to abort due to a cracked rear rim. You can read the whole story here but a trip to the Issaquah Brewhouse was always part of the plan.  The first time I ever rode to Issaquah I found this brew house and on […]

After a fairly fitful nights sleep, I finally got out of bed around 8:30. I showered, made coffee, and oatmeal and turning on the TV for some weather got sucked into a fantastic US Open woman’s match that ended in an upset. So again left a bit late but I wasn’t really pressed for time […]

I actually had two pubs in mind as I rode my spring “populaire” a couple of weekends back, but as I recount in that report I was mistaken about where my route was going.  The route that I was following began and ended at the Redhook Brewery and I have to say this is a […]

I’d spent this morning at the 2nd round of the Washington State primary as an alternate delegate for Obama. My services not required I decided that I’d make the trek up to Snoqualmie to finally visit the the Snoqualmie Falls Brewery. So the pub truly was my destination for this ride (read my report on […]

The pub which is most frequently my destination is the Celtic Bayou in Redmond.  Redmond is so often a junction point in my rides, either starting or ending that I so often choose to visit the Celtic Bayou for lunch, dinner or just a cold beer.  As the name implies they are an odd fusion […]

Went to the Black Raven Brewery and taphouse last night. I tried their porter and scotch ale, both which were totally fine if not exceptional. They do a lot of one offs, cask conditioned and the like, I’ll definitely try to make it there for some of those events. Anyway its great to have a Brewery […]

Tour2003

The great Pull & Be Damned Rd. [Update 02.21.12: I found my journal from this “tour” which it turns out I was just transcribing in the document I published below. So I’ve transcribed the rest of this day and edited the post accordingly.] Introduction 2012 I’ve talked about what initially got me interested in bicycle […]

Mount Erie on Fidalgo Island This was the second day of my 2003 Shakedown Tour around Fidalgo, Guemes and San Juan Islands.  On this day I rode on Guemes and Fidalgo and then drove back to Seattle to see a concert after which I stayed at my apartment in Woodinville. I’d be back in the […]

The Golden Road This was the third day of my 2003 Shakedown Tour around Fidalgo, Guemes and San Juan Islands.  On this day I drove back from Woodinville to the ferry terminal on Fidalgo Island and took the ferry to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. This sucked up pretty much all of this day. […]

Pi This was the fourth day of my 2003 Shakedown Tour around Fidalgo, Guemes and San Juan Islands. This day was spent entirely on San Juan Island where I took two ~20 mile trips, basically circumnavigating the island. For the intro to this series and details on the source narrative and such see the day 1 […]

Cattle Point Lighthouse So this is it, the final day of the Shakedown Tour. I rambled around San Juan Island until mid-afternoon on this day and then ferried back to Fidalgo Island. From there it was about an hour of driving and I was back at my place in Woodinville.  Thus my first attempt at […]

Tour2007

Well I’m off, late as usual, but minutes after this appears I’ll be on the road. I’m going to try to post a daily or near daily report of my progress here, but of course I’m more interested in the tour, so it may be sporadic. Above is my steed for this tour, my 2005 […]

It seems these days when I’m not working I can’t sleep in. While I could have used the extra sleep today, it was for the best as I had so much preparation yet do. But not to belabor the mundane I spent the morning cleaning and checking over the bicycle, then loaded it up, did […]

After a fairly fitful nights sleep, I finally got out of bed around 8:30. I showered, made coffee, and oatmeal and turning on the TV for some weather got sucked into a fantastic US Open woman’s match that ended in an upset. So again left a bit late but I wasn’t really pressed for time […]

I never seem to sleep well in motels, I think its the soft beds – I’m used to futons. What with the fitful sleep I woke early and vowing not to repeat the sins of the past was out by 8:30. No US Open today, but did catch some NPR, which I have to say […]

There was no service with AT&T at the Fairholm campground last night so I wasn’t able to complete my daily dispatch. No matter, but worth mentioning for those following along at home. Limited power for tonight so I’ll keep this short and sweet. I awoke in the Sequim campground and went through the routine of […]

Throughout the night it rained sometimes just the dripping of the trees but st other times pouring down. Whenever I’d wake in the night I’d hear rain. I began to worry about the next day, it was a decent distance and riding in the rain like that us taxing and can be dangerous. Yet this […]

The roar of the nearby ocean lulled to one of the better rests of late. When I woke I fell to thinking snout what to do today. I had thought to rest but there didn’t seem to be much to do here beyond the beach. While I live Washington beaches I do get out to […]

This was my one day of not cycling of the tour but due to the spread out nature of the various services I did end up riding a bit. I didn’t get up too much later then usual, but it probably was the best nights sleep yet – it was very quiet here away from […]

After I posted last nights update I went on to do some reading of Huck Finn. Not too far into it the bulb went on my flashlight, can’t think of when that’s happened before. So I ended up going to bed early and hence woke up a bit early. On getting up I discovered that […]

When I got out of the tent this morning it was absolutely clear and already warming up. Now the one thing I was particularly fearing this morning was to find my rear tire flat again. Alas these fears were realized and again the rim was resting right on the ground. Sigh. I put it off […]

I woke as if I was still in the tent but I had slept reasonably well. This was the final day, the ride home and I did have a few concerns. First the knee, did my ministrations of the evening before help? What about the rear tire? And of course I’d kind of cobbled together […]

I’d always planned for this tour to be pretty opened ended, without guaranteed destinations or pre booked places to go. There are a lot of options for camping, motelling, hostels etc on the route and I’d figured I’d stop when I felt I was done. That being said I did do a bunch of research […]

Today was the first day back on my bicycle after the tour. I knew I’d need a couple of days off after so much riding, but the knee was still giving me a bit of trouble so I extended it another two days. Well the knee is still a bit tender but it felt good […]

I was pretty slammed by work upon my return from tour so it has taken longer then I’d hoped to sort through the 1200+ photographs I took on tour. But I have finally gotten through them all and have sorted them into galleries by day with a comment for nearly all of them. I made […]

Tour2008

So the day has come, my big cycling event for this year: Cascade Cycling Clubs RSVP ride.  Packing I’d guess 275 miles of riding into four days, in between about the busiest I’ve been at work in a long time. Tired yes, but I feel pretty good cycling wise. My rides of late really have […]

So while on the trek described in the previous post, I rolled my odometer on the Atlantis to 10,000 miles. Sure some people ride that every year (or more) but its taken me around 2.5 years to hit that goal.  My Atlantis is all grown up now.  Also seems to have hit some sort of […]

Dawn in Kirkland The first day of Cascade Cycling Clubs RSVP ride began early with my alarm waking me up at 4:30 in morning. The starting line for the ride was officially 6:30-7:30 and I planned to start around 7.  As I’ve mentioned before I’m always ride to the ride so I needed enough time […]

Riding across Red Square at WWU. I woke up at 6am with thoughts of breakfast on my mind. Back when I was in high school I stayed at Western a couple of summers for Debate Camp and I knew you could get breakfast in the Student Union and while not great food, there would at […]

My Atlantis on the bicycle path in Stanley Park The day dawned bright and clear and promising to be another hot day. I had a couple of tasks that needed to be resolved in short order: Coffee, Food and collecting my bicycle from the RSVP storage room.  I had awoken around 8 and the bicycle […]

Sidney by the sea. The final day of my short little trip dawn mostly clear and windy.  After completing my morning routine in pretty short order I set out for coffee and breakfast.  I walked down the street checking out my options but the place that immediately appealed was a bakery that had doughnuts mounded […]

My Atlantis in Victoria I had a great time on this trip both on the group ride and even more so on my solo return home.  I said in the past that the reason I do Chilly Hilly every year is to remind myself why I don’t do large group rides.  I missed Chilly Hilly […]

Tour2009

This year I’m doing a three week tour along the West Coast of the United States.  Over the next couple of days I’m going to post some of the information from my tour document that I always produce. This document includes the basic itinerary, my packing list, routes and maps that I’ve worked out myself, […]

This is my basic Itinerary for the tour. This will also serve as an index of sorts, as I’ll turn all these pages into links after the tour.  This basic route is from Kirkendall and Spring’s Bicycling The Pacific Coast, with my own route for the first couple of days and ending in San Francisco. […]

The final entry of pre-tour information is a list of useful resources. Mainly I’ve put these up in case I need them during the tour – its a lot easier to come here and click then to type them in. Sure I’ve got them bookmarked, but this is still the most convenient.  This information is […]

I’m just about to hit the roads on the start of my 2009 tour so this is my traditional “setting off” post.  This tour takes place right at the 10 year anniversary of my current job, hard to believe I’ve held the same one for so long.  I’d always thought if I made it that […]

I Left home 12:30 in the afternoon, more or less on schedule. The loaded bicycle handling took a bit of getting used to as always but I was riding no hands by Mercer Island. A hot day with a prevailing wind from the sound added to these initial difficulties. Decent amount of other riders out there, which […]

In my opinion the second day is the real start if any tour. The first day you start at home, late and rushed so you don’t properly enter into the touring mindset. It takes a few days to get away from familiar environs as well, making that first day more akin to a rec ride, […]

Today was an exercise in symmetry as half of my ride was southeast along the edge of Willapa Bay the other half returning the coast along the southern edge of the bay. Perhaps though it was more a mirror image as the ever present wind off the ocean pushed me inland in the first half, […]

I was awoken in the night by the sound of light rain hitting my tent. It was still plenty early so I was able to sleep on. The sound of rain on the tent is one of life’s true joys though. Of course a pleasure that one wants to sparingly indulge in; a few days […]

I was awoken around six by howling winds;  hoping it’d die down I went back to sleep. At eight the wind is, if anything, worse now with lashing rain. This is bad news as I have to cross the Astoria-Megler Bridge today. So I lingered at Cape Disappointment:  I took a shower, leisurely made breakfast […]

Today’s tale begins and ends on beaches on the Oregon Coast seperated by 60 miles of pedaling. The first beach was Cannon which I walked for a half an hour or so before I checked out of my hotel. It was beautiful on the beach with scattered clouds and yes, sun. Already throngs were on […]

Today was a rest day where I took a break from cycling and hiked around Cape Lookout instead. In keeping with the theme I’ll make this a short entry as well. Being so close to the ocean means that the sounds of the surf dominates everything. I find thus tremendously soothing and it lulled me […]

The day dawned damp, overcast and quite foggy. Eager to return to the road after my day off I got up early and quickly packed up. I was nearly out of fuel for my little alcohol stove so I thought I’d only be able to make coffee. However it turned out to have enough juice […]

There is a huge group of tourons at the campsite tonight, 11 in total including three I’d seen at the last camp, the three beerhounds and a family of four. We ended up talking until late around the campfire so I’m going to keep it brief here. There isn’t too much to tell anyway as […]

It had rained a bit overnight by the day was merely overcast upon my waking. At this point I had a choice: I needed to get some tubes and there was a bike shop a few miles back in Florence or 42 miles ahead in North Bend. I still had one spare and my patch […]

It was clear blue skies and already hot when I left my hotel room to get my free continental breakfast. You’d think the very concept of touring cyclists would give the providers of a self serve breakfast pause, but the various plus sized patrons groaning plates made my portion seem downright modest. I had washed […]

When I woke up around 7am it was already getting warm. It was clear blue skies and looking to be a hot day. Figuring that it was going to be a hot day I slathered on the sunblock and set off fairly early. The first few miles wound through a canyon followed by a bit of a […]

I awoke to mist, cool air and the incessant, though congenial, chatter from the transient lady a couple sites over. It was going to be a long day so I got myself going in short order. I made a quick stop at the Fred Meyers for batteries so my blinkies would be maximal for all […]

Today was my second rest day, this one in the Redwoods. In the tradition of the rest day I’ll be briefer then normal. However, I will upload more pictures then normal as I took a lot and it is difficult to write about looking at trees. I relaxed in the tent but was driven out […]

I had expected to be woken by the sun again so had handwashed some clothes and hung them on a line so the sun would dry them.  So of course it was overcast, foggy and clammy this morning. Today was a pretty short day of riding so I didn’t rush anything and was ready to […]

This was truly a great day of cyclotouring, one that had everything: it began in an interesting town, wandered through scenic farmland and ended back in the Redwoods along the famous Avenue of the Giants. It was almost as short of a route as the previous days so I really milked it too, I did […]

If today was thought of like a sandwich the state parks would be the bread and 101 would be the meat. However to apply the analogy accurately the state parks would be like the best whole grain bread with Easy Cheese in the middle. Another small Redwood Park in about the middle of the days […]

I got up early and left camp by 7:40 wanting to hit the legendary Leggett hill (the highest point in the West Coast route at 2000′) before the day hit the projected 90+ degrees. I was prepared for the heat but it was still chilly as I turned off 101 (yay!) onto highway 1.  The […]

This morning dawned drizzly and gray and the coast was again streaming with fog. It was going to be another moderate day mileage wise and I was determined to relish the NoCal coast. So I took my time through the rolling hills that dominated this day of riding. There were several points where a deep […]

An old burned out hippy at Anchor Bay told us we’d have one more really good day of riding before suburbia begins. That day was today and it was indeed an enjoyable day of riding. It followed what seems to be the typical NoCal pattern of fog in the morning, burning off in the afternoon […]

The other tourons in the camp talked late keeping me up, perhaps it’s the short timer syndrome, but I felt like I’d heard it all before. There is also a certain type of tourist, a tour rat say, that I fortunately rarely encountered but I can’t say I’m a huge fan of. This type of […]

I promised one last post about the final few days of my tour and I apologize for the delay.  I’ve found that on returning from tour I tend to focus on all those things that one neglects on touring to the exclusion of tour (and cycling for the most part) related things.  I should say […]

Since returning from the tour I’ve spent a decent amount of time thinking about it, especially when I’ve been out riding.  This tour was the longest one I’ve done to date in both time and miles and in many ways I considered it a sort of benchmark for future touring related activities.  When I did […]

A mere year and a month after the tour I have finally have completed my update for 2009, wrapping up my documentation of this tour.  This post is the index to the tour with links to all of the blog entries, which have been updated with better (though of course still flawed) grammar and improved […]

Tour2010

Tour 2010 begins now! This year I’m heading to the Great White North, on a route of my own devising and will be exploring the Cascade Foothills in Washington State then onto British Columbia in Canada where I’ll ride the Sunshine Coast and Vancouver Island. I’ve worked out routes that put me on new roads […]

There wasn’t any cell or WiFi or even potable water at the Red Bridge Campground in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Park so I’m trying to post this from the Darrington cafe (no luck-ed.). My campsite was beautiful though, right on the river with it’s ever present white noise soothing me through the night. It made […]

Morning rain the call of a crow and ever-present, the river Rain wakes me early from a fitful sleep and with not much to hold me here I pack up and leave. Now it is the case that for at least 35 miles I’m in this national forest which means limited services. It turns out […]

Like grinding gears The cry of the heron. The morning was foggy and cold, but it was obvious that once the clouds burned off it would be pure blue skies. Walking back from washing my dishes I saw a great blue heron perched, huge and gargoyle like in the trees. It hunched up and flew […]

Growing in my campsite — wild blackberries! Somedays, the best days really, things just flow into you and are with you and you don’t really think beyond the moment. This day particularly the morning was like that. These sort I’d days are hard to record so this entry is just some impressions and notes. Wide […]

An interim post from the Seaside Cafe in Blaine, WA just at the US/Canada boarder. I’m posting now in case Im not able to for a while. IIRC AT&T will shaft me if I use the cellular data network so once I enter Canada it’ll be WiFi only. So posting may be sporadic. Update (08.26.10): […]

Its a serious juxtaposition, walking around the streets of Vancouver, one of the largest cities on the west coast, mere days after being in a campsite in the Cascades without even potable water. I’m staying at the downtown Vancouver hostel, which I have to say is pretty nice, with the exception of an ensuite bathroom […]

At last it’s cleared up; Today I will do the wash. – Santoka A day off from my travels, a chance to catch up on the mundane details but also a chance to walk around this great city. I spent the morning on those activities (laundry, currency exchange, blah, blah, blah), but the afternoon I […]

After the hermitage of my tent the two nights in the hostel were positively decadent. So it is not without some relief that I left the big city and returned to camping. The city is always lively and filled with things to do but it can be hard. I walk a lot when I visit […]

Today I did something I’ve wanted to do for a long time: wild camping, which is to say camping outside of a campground. Not true “stealth” camping where one is trespassing, no I’m on land where it is okay to camp. But it has a completely different feel to it: no services, nobody around, just […]

The further north I go Colder and colder these Late summer nights Today would my last day on the Sunshine Coast and the first on Vancouver Island. I would also hit the apex of my northern travels and begin the southward journey. I am now past the halfway point of the tour and from here […]

It was another long day today with even more miles ridden, but I don’t feel nearly as beat down as I did yesterday. Perhaps it is acclimatization, perhaps I simply spaced it out better but I think it was the lack of wind. Wind from the sea butterflies in the embankment weeds never resting -Santoka […]

I’m not sure I’ve ever been as wet as I was today. It started raining when I went to sleep last night and it hadn’t stopped by the time I got up. This was a real rain too, not just drizzle. It rained while I packed up, rained while I had breakfast, did laundry and […]

A world of trials and if the cherry blossoms, it simply blossoms. -Issa This was one of those days where any hassles one has gone through seem absolutely worth it. And yet it began auspiciously enough with the power going out in Port Renfrew. I was still able to take a hot morning shower and […]

“it’s still summer!” Yet the geese are crying — “Not for long, not for long”. This pretty much is it; a short day entirely on a Rail-Trail ending at the hostel in Victoria. There are three primary routes to Seattle from Victoria and I’ve done them all. So today has the last bit of new […]

Sound of waves far off close by how much longer to live? -Santoka Things tend to work out, that’s been my experience anyway. That is to say when you leaving things to chance, unplanned where something can easily go wrong it tends to work out. Of course I’ve had my share if misfortune and things […]

Returning home — cold, gray day The final ride; the ride home. As I stated earlier, all routes within a days ride of home are famalier routes and well documented in these pages. So not really much to say about this days ride.  South Whidey was the most novel, I’ve ridden it a number of […]

” Single people, whoever they are, feel their lonliness most acutely when they come home from a trip. Everything is there just the way it was when they set out. The flower in the vase has dried up, but the desk itself hasn’t moved.”  -Santoka from his journals. Reflecting on this tour I think it […]

Tour2011

My Rivendell Atlantis fully loaded and ready to head out on its latest adventure. At the end of July I was laid off from my job and had moved out of my house – a perfect time to head out on a tour.  I had some obligations to take care of: a family visit, securing […]

A lucky, late Start I set off from Olympia around 1:30 which is a petty good start for me. The days ride was short, which was a good way to ease into it as I hadn’t been riding too much of late what with the moving and such. It was about perfect riding conditions: partially […]

Blue sky, only a glimpse, and is it darkening -Hōsai Ozaki The first half of this days ride was along Hood Canal. The sky was overcast and threatening rain, but it never did. The road hugged the shore and was always going up or down, usually in pretty short segments. The tide was out and […]

I was definitely tired from yesterday’s exertions as I end up sleeping until 9am. I was woken up earlier at first light with the pattering of soft rain, but it stopped quickly so I ignored it. When it came back I got up to cover my saddle which was good as it soon became hard […]

Tuesday 08.16.12: Anacortes WA to Rasar State Park I should start off by saying that staying at the motel in Anacortes was not an unexpected outcome. This tour is the least destination driven I have done – I basically have some time and an ultimate goal, but beyond that I’m taking it as it comes. […]

Surrounded by green mountains, white clouds left and right. If I meet a fellow traveler what news can I give him? -Ryōkan Wednesday 08.17.12: Rasar State Park to Newhalem Campground This was about as ideal a day bicycle touring as one can have. The day was sunny and clear, there was a tailwind most of […]

Like trickling water making it’s way through mossy crevices, I pass through this world clear, transparent. -Ryōkan Thursday 08.18.12: Newhalem Campground to Colonial Creek Campground This was sort of a rest day so as per tradition I’ll keep this short. Basically I’m at the verge of crossing the Cascade Mountains and I wanted to be […]

Friday 08.19.12: Colonial Creek Campground to Early Winters Campground I made my earliest start to date, wanting to cross the pass well before the hit afternoon but I still didn’t hit the road until 9:30. It was good and cool though, which as the road immediately began to climb was nice. The day is mostly […]

Saturday 08.20.12: Early Winters Campground to Carlton I spent a bunch of time in three little towns today, which made for a shorter day riding but an easy day after the tougher one the day before. First was Mazama at the Country Store to charge my phone and have a second breakfast. From there it […]

Sunday 08.21.11: Carlton to Lake Chelan State park I got up early to try to get the bulk of the riding done in the cooler morning. The ride down the last section of the Methow Valley thus began a bit chilly but warmed up ad I ride along. Very dry valley walls with the now […]

Monday 08.22.112: Lake Chelan State Park to Blu-Shastin RV Park and Campground. I did a lot of riding today and it was rather a mixed bag. The route from Lake Chelan State Park immediately climbed for a mile and a half but after that it descended into this truly excellent forested valley. It was cool […]

Tuesday 08.23.112: Preshastin to Ellensburg Today I climbed the second pass of the tour and in light of this I again rose early to try to beat the heat. It was looking to be yet another hot day with blue skies with only traces of cloud. 97 was pretty easy going for the first 7 […]

Wednesday 08.24.112: Ellensburg to Windy Point Campground I made full use of the hotel, it’s laundry, it’s free breakfast, WiFi and power. Hence I ended up on the road later than I have of late. This was unfortunate as it was a scorcher, the hottest day yet.

Thursday 08.25.11: Windy Point Campground to Mount Rainier National Park I again set off early in an attempt to beat the heat across the pass. Also there was the wildcard of the roadwork to contend with. It was overcast and cool and a headwind greeted me as I hit the road. The riding was fairly […]

Thursday 08.26.11: Mount Rainier National Park There was indeed no internet or even phone access until I was half back to Olympia on the final day of the tour. I spent day 14 and 15 in Mount Rainier hiking around and taking a bit of time away from the bicycle.  However on day 14 I […]

Friday 08.27.11: Mount Rainier National Park This day was technically a rest day, really the only day on this tour I spent without at least a little bicycling. I spent it hiking instead which actually tired me out just as much I think. It was a beautiful day, warm but comfortable enough inside the forests. […]

Sunday 08.28.11:  Mount Rainier National Park – Ohanapecosh Campground to Sunshine Point Campground The ride up to Paradise is basically equivalent to another mountain pass – 4500, about 2500 feet of climbing from Ohanapecosh.  As usually I wanted to hit the road early, especially as the park is crowded and the road up is a […]

Monday 08.29.11:  Sunshine Point Campground (closed) to Olympia I slept very poorly this night; I have to admit that stealth camping is perhaps not in my constitution. I got up basically at first light when there was still a few stars visible and Venus shiny brightly well into the early dawn. I quickly put everything […]

It’s been a couple of weeks since I returned from tour but frankly I don’t really feel like I have much of a grasp on this experience. I billed this as an “unexpected tour” and I have to say that’s not entirely accurate.  I don’t want to get too much into the whole exiting of […]

At various points in a day of riding songs run through ones mind.  I mostly listen to instrumental music these days so the songs that come unbidden into my mind are often from my teen or college years.  A number of songs ran through my mind on this tour – the Talking Heads Heaven was […]

I still need to get the rest of my non-cameraphone pics up (should be done over the next week or so) and do a pass on the earlier posts to correct the auto-correct errors and such, but here is the final Tour 2009 index to all the posts and pictures. I’ll edit this out when […]

Tour2012

Stream in Twanoh State Park “One right to which few intellectuals care to lay claim is the right to wander, the right to vagrancy. And yet vagrancy is emancipation, and life on the road is liberty: one day bravely to throw off the shackles with which modern life and the weakness of our heart encumber […]

Tree over snow-melt fed stream “The older you get the stronger the wind gets – and it’s always in your face.” – Pablo Picasso [note: I wrote these posts for the first couple of days of the tour after completing the tour] Mayday After a rather fitful night’s sleep (my camp was pretty close to the road) […]

Washington State Capitol building, Olympia WA Ballad of the the Voyager Ocean voyager, on heaven’s winds, in his ship, far wandering… Like a bird, among the clouds, gone, he will leave no trace. -Li Po [note: I wrote these posts for the first couple of days of the tour after completing the tour] Respite The tour had […]

View Northern Tier Route in a larger map (GPS data from the Adventure Cycling Association)   “…I have always been drawn by windblown clouds into dreams of a lifetime of wandering.” -Bashō Tour 2012 is currently underway. I moved out of my apartment in Seattle on April 30th and rode down to Hood Canal. I […]

Lake Sylvia “One is forever on the way yet has never left home. Another has left home yet is not on the way. Which one deserves to receive the offerings of humans and devas?” -Lin-ji Always leaving home Left on Stage Two of my journey and rode from Olympia to Lake Sylvia State Park. The […]

Sunset over Lake Quinault How far has he gone, where has he wandered, chasing after dragonflies? -Kaga-no-Chiyo Between two lakes Rode from Lake Sylvia to Lake Quinault in just ideal weather. A scenic backcountry ride through forest land, green valley farms and (alas) clear cuts. Not much out there but trees, sun, the road and […]

Setting sun over the true west “No rock landscape is more varied in sculpture, none more delicately modeled than these landscapes of the sky.” -John Muir Against the wind 101 turns eastward for a spell to loop around the Quinault Reservation. This was all through commercial forest land, some second (or third) growth, plenty clear […]

Atlantis off the coast Only the wind blows through the day, my troubling thoughts. -Hōsai Ozaki When in the rainforest… The good weather couldn’t last, not in spring on the coast and certainly not in the rain forest. It rained most of the way to Forks and it was a cold rain, pushed by wind. […]

Seastacks and fishing boats Life seems neither long nor short, and we take no more heed to save time or make haste than do the trees and stars. -John Muir Amongst the fishermen I rode all new roads today and this has been my favorite riding so far. Highway 113 from 101 north was a […]

The view from the most Northwesterly point in the US The sound of waves regular, the day is breaking. -Hōsai Ozaki Beginnings The ride out to Cape Flattery was quite similar to yesterday’s at first. Not far from Snow Creek you enter the Makah Reservation and the town of Neah Bay. From there the route […]

The sun setting to the northwest It’s a lonely road that has no turning. -Santoka Tenada 112E The first part of the ride today was backtracking to the 113/112 intersection. A lovely, cloudless day it had warmed up enough by lunchtime that I was riding sans socks (first time this trip). Once I joined 112E […]

Trestle on the Olympic Discovery Trail Evening sun’s long farewell, loneliness, mountain. -Hōsai Ozaki Return to civilization I particularly enjoy riding in regions where the services are few and the camping primitive. But every few days it’s nice to get back to where you can get a draft beer. Today began a portion of this […]

My Atlantis at the S’Klallam Tribal center On three cups five cups this fine wine I’m drunk — and once drunk I can pour for myself -Ryōkan Port Townsend The Olympic Discovery Trail runs right out of Sequim Bay State Park and ends a couple of miles outside of Blyn. Blyn is tribal lands of […]

Memory’s Vault Rest day in Port Townsend I spent this as one does rest days: resupplying, drinking coffee, doing laundry, wandering around, checking out bookstores, drinking beer and going out for dinner. In the evening I explored Fort Warden and stumbled upon the excellent Memory’s Vault from which I’ll leave one of the poems inscribed […]

The Olympic Peninsula Can’t help whistling, the morning, the woods, how blue -Hōsai Ozaki A glance back With the final ferry boat trip here on the west coast the Olympic Peninsula is left behind. A fond farewell is bit to Port Townsend and its many fine coffee houses and pubs. It has been a nice […]

The Skagit River with Cascade foothills in the background He who travels far will often see things Far removed from what he believed was Truth. When he talks about it in the fields at home, He is often accused of lying, For the obdurate people will not believe What they do not see and distinctly […]

Snowcapped Shouldering firewood I climb down the green peak, green peak where trails are never level. Sometimes I rest under a tall pine, listen quietly to the voice of spring birds. -Ryōkan Into green mountains Excellent ride today, through a route I did last year but really loved. It mostly follows rivers – Skagit, and […]

Waterfall just off of Hwy 20 In the great canons Bruin reigns supreme. Happy fellow, whom no famine can reach while one of his thousand kinds of food is spared him. His bread is sure at all seasons, ranged on the mountain shelves, like stores in a pantry. From one to the other, up or […]

Descending from Washington Pass People ask about the Cold Mountain way: plain roads don’t get through to Cold Mountain. Middle of the summer, and the ice still hasn’t melted. Sunrise, and the mist would blind a hidden dragon. So, how could a man like me get here? My heart is not the same as yours, […]

Loup Loup Pass My one aim, to be a wandering monk, how could I have lingered any longer? Lugging a water jug, I took leave of my old teacher, in high spirits set off for other parts, mornings climbing to the top of the lone peak, evenings crossing the dark seas flow. And while one […]

Clouds breaking up over Omak Resting in Omak Needing a break before the next pass I rode the short distance to Omak. Spent the day mostly indoors as it rained for a fair piece. But I had laundry I could do and coffee to drink and it was nice to take a break. Also updated […]

The land around Wauconda All day long, today I have walked in the wind.   -Santoka Wauconda The ride from Omak to Wauconda was a pleasant one, pushed along dusty hills by a tailwind. Tonasket had a nice Co-Op where I was able to get some essential supplies and lunch. Then the ascent on Wauconda […]

Sherman Pass flowing down the mountain steepness the bright water   -Santoka Above the snow line It was a few miles to the summit of Wauconda Pass and though the air was cool this was a straightforward ride. The descent was also cold and clouds threatened rain e whole time. At the bottom of the […]

Lake Leo Cloud Semaphore   Ah, it’s great! Clear–clean– wind blowing farm tools twinkling vague mountains –lava plug magma all in a dream where there’s no time   when cloud semaphores We’re already hung in the stark blue east   The vague mountains… Wild geese will come Down to the four cedars tonight!   -Miyazama […]

Snookum Creek Never deny someone the opportunity to help you High Wind Advisory Pretty nice day riding all told. But it was super windy, enough so that the weather service had issued a High Wind Advisory. While I was in camp at Lake Leo a huge branch fell off a tree not far from me. […]

Oh, Idaho on the water the reflection of a wanderer   -Santoka Many milestones On this day three milestones: I entered Idaho, the second state of the tour, I crossed 1000 miles of riding and I completed section 1 of the Northern Tier. The ride continued right where it had left off yesterday: on the […]

Sandpoint At rest in Sandpoint I definitely was played out from all the mountain work and felt a rest day was in order. It being the Memorial Day Weekend (the official start of the camping season) I decided to leave the campgrounds to the amateurs and stayed at the K2 Inn in Sandpoint. Decent enough […]

Montana! One room, one bed — enough. One jar, one bowl. A road runs to the village; There’s not a house I know.   -Ryuge Panhandling to Montana The Idaho Panhandle is only about 60 miles wide so after about half of this days ride I found myself in the third state of the tour. […]

Bull River Don’t tell me how difficult the Way The birds path, winding far, is right Before you. Water of the Dokei Gorge You return to the ocean, I to the mountain.   -Hofuku Scikatsu Cabinet I spent most of this days ride going through the Cabinet Mountain Wilderness which was quite scenic and lightly […]

Lake Koocanusa Careful! Even moonlit dewdrops, if you’re lured to watch, are a wall before truth.   -Sogyo Dam Lake Spent the bulk of this day riding first up to the Libby Dam and the along Lake Koocanusa, the reservoir created by the dam. Pretty uphill for a bit and then rolling along the edges […]

Lake Dickey “Nothing would ever change; nothing new could ever be expected. It had to end, and it did. Now in the dark world where I dwell, ugly things, and surprising things, and sometimes little wondrous things, spill out in me constantly, and I can count on nothing.”   – Philip K. Dick, A Scanner […]

Rain clouds streaming down Lake Dickey In the rain I wash my muddy hands.   –Hōsai Ozak It’s not all sunshine and lollipops On a long tour eventually you are going to have better days than others. After the morning drizzle of yesterday, today it was full on rain driven by a westward wind (i.e. […]

Glacier National Park What Bliss — empty roads into shrouded mountains; the spring rain Made it! to Glacier While it had cleared up last night, by the morning it was pouring rain. I got up during a break but as I took advantage of the facilities it returned harder than ever. So I just packed […]

Sacred Dancing Cascade Glacier National Park Today was a rest day in Glacier, but basically Glacier isn’t really fully operational yet. A lot of campgrounds are closed, the Going-to-the-Sun Road isn’t fully open yet and the shuttle service isn’t running. So faced with either bicycling around to see stuff or taking an organized tour I […]

Across the great divide The mountain slopes crawl with lumberjacks axing everything in sight — yet crimson flowers burn along the stream   -Chin-doba Last pass, perhaps? I had originally thought I’d spend another day at Glacier but what with it not being fully operational and it looking like a break in the weather I […]

Mountains receding The wind blows hard among the pines toward the beginning of an endless past. Listen: you’ve heard everything.   -Shinkichi Takahashi In which I leave the mountains behind Nicest morning in a long time with warm sun and a light breeze heading my way. I made good time to Browning, which is the […]

The high plains A floating weed with a tiny flower blooming in the wind -Hōsai Ozaki High plains drifting So toward sunset a massive thunderstorm began. Crazy strong wind, regular lightening and then rain; becoming torrential rain. I hung out in the RV Park rec room listening to the wind howl and the thunder, until […]

The Road For a hollow mind two eyes are open   -Hōsai Ozaki Burnt by the road The day dawned cloudless with pure blue sky and warming fast. The tailwind I had enjoyed the day before was still going strong but shifted to become more of a crosswind. Not as enjoyable. The scenery was the […]

Storm in the distance Those clouds threw a rain shower; I’m wet through. -Santoka Riding in the storm Leaving Havre the wind had completed it rotation around and was now a vicious headwind. The road climbed a bit out of town and then settled down as it began to follow the Milk River. Behind me […]

Sunset over the reservoir I’m on travel; Until my monk’s robe dries up, Wind comes from the weeds.   -Santoka Blowin’ in the wind Things continue apace – a strong tailwind continues and the high plains roll on. Really not much between Harlem and the town of Malta. Rolling hills, wind behind, though sometimes more […]

Twilight in Glasgow Wind blows dark clouds across the lake — and birds are singing A difference of direction The day began sunny and windy but over the reservoir was a line of black clouds rolling in by the time I’d broken camp it was completely overcast and I was in the strongest wind yet. […]

Wet land My heart is happy on a spring day when I see the birds flocking together, playing.   -Ryōkan Subtle shifts The high plains are a thing of beauty, but it’s a subtle beauty: slight variances in heights, shades of green, tend and brown, shifting shadows. Today, mostly sunny and with a steady tailwind […]

Endless fields I can’t do anything; my life of contradictions blown by the wind   –Santoka Unlucky 13S or heat, hills and headwinds Today we bid farewell to the “Hi-Line” and turn south. While the day had dawned sunny, calm and with nary a cloud in the sky, this was not to last. As I […]

Badlands The beauty of the sunset grieves not for old age   –Santoka Makoshika So the route turned back east today which was a relief as it put the wind behind me. That and it being overcast most of the day made for much more pleasant riding than the day before. The terrain was about […]

Hellooooo North Dakota All day long, today I have walked in the wind.   -Santoka I thought I was going to be in Montana forever I entered Montana on the afternoon of May 28th and left it in the afternoon of June 14th. 18 days in the state and nearly a thousand miles of riding. […]

Painted Canyon in the Theodore Roosevelt National Park “Optimism is a good characteristic, but if carried to an excess, it becomes foolishness. We are prone to speak of the resources of this country as inexhaustible; this is not so.”   –Theodore Roosevelt Expect the unexpected After riding into this rocky, hillier terrain a return to […]

Chuang-tzu? nervously through the raindrops… spring butterfly     this world– the butterfly also toils busily   –Issa That’s not too bad I think I’ve got this figure out: the wind is predominately out of the west generally with a northerly or southerly bent which often switches mid-afternoon. When the wind shifts to being out […]

Trains don’t use cabooses anymore; this one was in a park “The moon and sun are eternal travelers. Even the years wander on. A life time adrift in a boat, or in old age leading a tired horse into the years, every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.”   — Bashō, […]

Prometheus Stealing fire Took a much needed day off in the capitol city of North Dakota, Bismarck. Did the usual off day biz but also went and saw a movie: the new Ridley Scott picture, Prometheus. Short review – decent bit of fairly “hard SF” but it’s kinda sloppy and overstuffed and is definitely no […]

Concretion from The Late Snow & Lumber Strike of the Sumer of Fifty-Four   Climbing the steep ridge below Shuksan clumps of pine float out of the fog No place to think or work drifting.   -Gary Snyder Blowin’ in the wind Back on the road with thunderstorms predicted and as per the pattern the […]

Mu As the crickets’ soft autumn hum is to us, so are we to the trees   as are they   To the rocks and the hills.   -Gary Snyder On the longest day of the year Summer solstice; the first day of summer. As per the pattern the wind had shifted and I had […]

Fields and clouds Know The trees know stars to be sources Like the sun, of their life; But many and tiny sprinkled through the dark When, where has the sun gone– -Gary Snyder Yellowstone Today’s was a pleasant and rather quick ride. A quite strong wind on this day, but as it was going my […]

Public art in Fargo summer heat soaks into every living thing   -Santoka Riding into summer Today it was clear, hot and humid with a light headwind. One of the longer rides I had to do, but this was one of those cases where I’d stayed at the furtherest east campground and the next one […]

At the City Park in Hitterdal Only the ants at the bottom of the burning sky, what the world has come to -Hōsai Ozaki Tass times in Hitterdal It had been a pretty miserable night at the Fargo campground, a guy in the next tent over worked his way through most of a case of […]

Sunset at Hungryman Lake the sky at sunset a cup of sake would taste so good!   -Santoka Hungryman stalks the White Earth It was a hot humid ride with a headwind most of the day. Tiring. But after some initial farmland the route wended between the White Earth Reservation and the Tamarac Wildlife Refuge […]

Arriving at the Mississippi Headwaters Hostel I purify myself in the blue water rushing over the rocks   -Santoka Itasca State Park It was only an hour or so ride to the entrance to Itasca State Park and overall a pleasant mornings ride. The wind was still out of the east, but now the southeast […]

Crossing the Mississippi Upon the hearth the fire is red, Beneath the roof there is a bed; But not yet weary are our feet, Still around the corner we may meet A sudden standing stone That none have seen but we alone. Tree and flower and leaf and grass, Let them pass! Let them pass! […]

Threatening Alone, Being eaten by mosquitos.   -Santoka Of thunderstorms and mosquitos The morning was hot and humid and there wasn’t much between where I’d camped and Grand Rapids. So I pressed on through farmland and trees, the light wind generally against me. As per usual the wind began to pick up in the afternoon, […]

Flooded roads Ice is civilization.   -Paul Thoreaux, The Mosquito Coast Walking on water wasn’t built in a day I fled from the mosquito infested campground without even cooking breakfast and headed to the tiny town of Jacobson where I got my coffee. The locals there told me the flooding had my the genially bad […]

Tires eye view It’s all falling or burning —      rattle of boulders      steady dribbling of rocks down cliffs      bark chips in creeks Porcupine chased here —           Smoke From Tillamook a thousand miles Soot and hot ashes. Forest fires Upper Skagit burned I think 1919 Smoke covered all northern Washington.      lightening strikes, flares, Blossoms a fire […]

Entering Wisconsin Down in the village the din of flute and drum, here in the mountains everywhere the sound of the pines   -Ryōkan On, Wisconsin A long, hot exhausting day today. The campgrounds have become sparse on the route and there are none at the terminus of this section of the route, Stillwater, MN. […]

Paddleboat on the Saint Croix river in Stillwater, MN no place to hide from the blazing sun the water flows by   -Santoka Spur The days just keep getting hotter and the humidity just saps your soul. Luckily this was a short day prior to a few days off in the Twin Cities. I rode […]

Since I didn’t ride today, here’s a trail into Minnesota Re-up I’m spending a few days at my cousins in the Maple Grove suburb of Minneapolis. The timing on my arrival was fortuitous as the heat wave that is plaguing the bulk of the nation is in full force here as well. I also was […]

Alexander Calder, The Spinner (1966) Walker Art Center Another rest day in the Twin Cities. This one I spent at the Walker Art Center and the associated Minneapolis Scultpure Garden. Really an excellent sculpture park with nice pieces from Alexander Calder, Richard Serra, James Turrell, Sol LeWitt, Isamu Naguchi, Mark di Suvero and many, many […]

Fireworks at the Stone Arch bridge, Minneapolis (not my pic) Celebrate America by blowing up a piece of it Another day off at my cousins. I’d planned to be out of campgrounds on the fourth so another bit of good timing with my arrival in the Twin Cities. I spent the morning running errands and […]

Park in Stillwater In the tree’s shade – A wind, Travellers both.   -Santoka Back on the fire Back on the road today after my long break at my cousins in Minneapolis. Huge thanks to my cousin and his family for the hospitality and the help in getting me ready for the next part of […]

Back in Minnesota (again) Idly, I wander to the flowering peak. Morning sun: its glory blazing All around, in sunlit emptiness White clouds, and cranes, fly.   -Han Shan Wisconsin, no Minnesota, aaaarrrrggg The heat wave continued on though it had been forecasted to break today. There were high thin clouds as I left camp […]

It was like a fire in the sky Everyone’s journey through this world is the same, so I won’t complain. Here on the plains of Nasu, I place my trust in the dew. -Sōgi After the storm Last night, around midnight, a thunderstorm rolled through bringing with it torrential rain and cooler temperatures. After it […]

on the Great River Off-Road trail Settling, white dew does not discriminate, each drop its home   -Sōin Three states, one day I decided to ride the Great River Off-Road trail just across the Mississippi in Wisconsin inside of the primary route. So I crossed the river on this big bridge and rode the hwy […]

Stone table Zazen on Ching-t’ing Mountain   The birds have vanished from the sky. Now the last cloud drains away.   We sit together, the mountain and me, until only the mountain remains.   -Li Po In which we climb out of the Mississippi River valley The route turned away from the Mississippi twice today, […]

Guardian of the Garden The clouds, Hurrying by, Making a good moon.   -Santoka Rough roads in Iowa The route mainly stuck to the ridges on this day, but went down and climbed back up several times making for a hilly morning. By the afternoon it had mostly flattened out with rollers. The landscape had […]

Land o’ Lincoln As if it told a lie, the day moon, there it is   -Hōsai Ozaki A long, hot slog to Illinois The day dawned with perfectly clear skies and it would become as hot as its been in a while. That plus rills pretty much all day and a light headwind most […]

Last view of the Mississippi if I cross – How many mountains and rivers, When shall I reach, The realm of no loneliness. Today also traveling.   -Bokusui Farewell Big Muddy Today I rode away from the Mississippi which has been a near constant companion since Itasca, MN. The nights camping on the edge of […]

Wind Power Wet, Yet walking in the rain, This is a care-free journey.   -Santoka Tilting against windmills Really humid this morning and though there were clouds to block the direct sun it just got hotter and more uncomfortable as the day wore on. The landscape was again almost all cornfields with the occasional rolling […]

Sunset over old Route 66 In sunrise beauty, Saying farewell.   -Santoka Parting of the ways It is the way of the road that for a time you may end up camping with the same group of people night after night. Then your days fall out of sync and once again one is on ones […]

King Corn In the tree’s shade – A wind, Travellers both.   -Santoka flatland Back again amongst the corn and soy in the heat, this was probably the most monotonous day yet of the tour. Almost completely flat with just the gentlest of rollers now and again. There was a light breeze from the west […]

Sunset over Lake Fletcher No matter what, you are lonely, my shadow: I move it to see   -Hōsai Ozaki Chasing shadows The temperatures have been rising and this day was clear and blue and would get to the upper 90s (f). Riding away from Iroquois, back among the fields, I soon crossed the border […]

on Salamonie River Dam The nature of the Mind when understood, No human speech can compass or disclose. Enlightenment is naught to be attained, And he that gains it does not say he knows. -Bodhidharma Don’t pass me by This was one of these days that had a bit of about everything. Right as I […]

metal giants stride across the cornfields dealing electricity with both hands When Giants roamed the earth My night at Kil-So-Quah was pretty rough as the temperatures stayed pretty much in the 80s until near dawn. I also kept being disturbed by a little raccoon that kept going for my food bag. I’d put a lock […]

George Rickey, Twenty-Four Lines, 1968 How Zen Masters Are Like Mature Herring   So few become full grown And how necessary all the others;     Gifts to the food chain     feeding another universe.   These big ones feed sharks.   -Gary Snyder Fast moves in Fort Wayne This was the second of the short days that […]

Ohio NEVER AGAIN   Hot this morning, long before sunrise All my bones ache and Rilke’s ghost Titters in the closet, Frailing His clanky lyre. The summer grasshopper plague May now be over.   -Philip Whalen We’re finally on our own This day dawned drizzly, grey and cool – it was like the PNW in […]

The Backatcha Bandit strikes again Develop a mind which rests on no thing whatever.   -The Diamond Sutra Should have been done long ago The wind continued to be against me on this day but instead of the ~18mph it was instead a sedate ~6mph. There was however none of the morning clouds so it […]

Lake Erie IS   Here’s a dragonfly                (T OTA L LY) Where it was,           that place no longer exists.   -Philip Whalen This summer I hear the drumming This was the third long day in a row, driven primarily by the spacing of […]

State number twelve HOW POETRY COMES TO ME   It comes blundering over the Boulders at night, it stays Frightened outside the Range of my campfire I go to meet it at the Edge of the light   -Gary Snyder A change in the air This morning dawned overcast and later began to drizzle – […]

Now I’m really in the NE SAYING FAREWELL AT THE MONASTERY AFTER HEARING THE OLD MASTER LECTURE ON “RETURN TO THE SOURCE”   At the last turn in the path                 “goodbye–”                 –bending, bowing,             […]

Canada! (said like “Benway!” in this clip, but with an extra syllable) MAPS AND MOUNTAINS   California topo maps all rolled up (“Roll up the sky like a hide”) Shall I ever be in those bright mountains, ever again?   -Philip Whalen A brief sojourn into Canada After a quite pleasant night at Evangola State […]

Your browser does not support the video tag Niagara Falls STRATEGIC AIR COMMAND   The hiss and flashing lights of a jet Pass near Jupiter in Virgo. He asks, how many satellites in the sky? Does anyone know where they all are? What are they doing, who watches them?   Frost settles on the sleeping […]

Lock 34/35 on the Erie Canal A vague shape from behind – Into the drizzle, Disappearing. -Santoka Back in the U.S.S.A. It rained again overnight and was cool, overcast and quite humid as I left the hostel. The ride up along the gorge from Niagara Falls has many an interesting sight from whirlpools to dams […]

A section of the Erie Canal In the field where everything has dried out, my footsteps   -Hōsai Ozaki Low bridge, everybody down It rained overnight and when I arose it was fully overcast with clouds threatening to rain again. This was another day spent mostly on the Towpath though I reached the end of […]

The sun sets over Lake Ontario FOR NOTHING (excerpt)   A flower for nothing; an offer; no taker   Snow-trickle, feldspar, dirt.   -Gary Snyder Climbing the coastline Today the route followed the curve of Lake Ontario trending Northeast all day. It would duck in from the waterside for many miles but always returned. It […]

Camp under the oak Awake a moment Mind dreams again Red roses black-edged petals   -Philip Whalen Lakeside to foothills There was only a couple of miles along Lake Ontario before my route turned eastwards again. Thus we bid a fond adieu to the Great Lakes – I won’t see such large bodies of water […]

Adriondacks across the lake 25:1:68   Sadly unroll sleepingbag: The missing lid for teapot!   -Philip Whalen Into green hills mountains While the route was, if anything, even more hilly than yesterday and the heat and humidity about the same this was a much more enjoyable day of riding. It was mostly in the woods […]

Falling water in the Adirondacks Since I came to dwell up on Cold Mountain how many ten thousands of years have gone by . . . Accepting chance and change, I hid away by a spring in a grove; perched there, just watching, I was satisfied. Not many come, out among these cliffs, but white […]

New England! Cold Mountain Road’s a joke, no cart track, no horse trail. Creeks like veins, but still it’s hard to mark the twists. Fields and fields of crags for crops, it’s hard to say how many. Tears of dew upon a thousand kinds of grasses; the wind sings best in one kind of pine. […]

Covered bridge in Vermont alone crossing the mountain”” another mountain   -Santoka Green to White Mountains Today I rode from the dwindling Green Mountains in Vermont to the foothills of the White Mountains in New Hampshire. No passes today but I have to say this was among the toughest riding I’ve done. The 25 miles […]

Summit of Kancamagus Pass over the mountain’s silence silent rain   -Santoka Last pass to cross past (perhaps) Today I crossed the seventh (eighth if you count the Middlebury Gap) pass of the tour and crossed into Maine the 14th and final state of the tour (plus one Canadian Provence). The day was again hot […]

Brunswick Cemetary The image, as in a Hexagram:   The hermit locks his door against the blizzard. He keeps the cabin warm.   All winter long he sorts out all he has. What was well started shall be finished. What was not, should be thrown away.   In spring he emerges with one garment and […]

Sunset at Belfast Bay the deep clear blue water shines brightly “” my sad shadow   -Santoka Long Shadow Today or tomorrow had to be a longer day due to camping options and I wanted it to be today. But I was slow to get started and took perhaps too many long breaks which led […]

Bar Harbor Pushed on by a flowing wind I come out to the sea   -Hōsai Ozaki country Today I completed my cross country ride from Seattle, around the Olympic Peninsula to Bar Harbor Maine. This last day of riding was a bit mixed: most of it was on highways 1 and 3 and there […]

Baa-Haa-Baa Hollyhocks fall to the ground trampled underfoot at the festival   -Masaoka Shiki 100 days of solitude Today was the hundredth day since I handed over the keys to my apartment in Seattle and set off: homeless and filled with wanderlust. While I, of course, always intended to cross country at that point it […]

The Atlantic from Cadillac Mountain The spring sea — all day long it rises and falls, rises and falls   -Yosa Buson Vanishing Point If a tourist town can wear one down I always can find solace in the woods. So this day I spent at Acadia National Park riding the Carriage Paths and up […]

The naked Atlantis at the Bar Harbor Bicycle Shop   As I grow old even the length of the day brings tears.   -Issa   All things must pass This is my final day in Bar Harbor and I spent the bulk of it preparing for departure. I took the final ride of the tour: […]

Between layers of clouds   How cool it is! The clouds have great peaks and small peaks   -Issa   Water running down Yestersay it had had been overcast and by evening rather cool (which I have to admit was nice). It started to rain when I went to bed and would continue to so […]

My Atlantis disassembled just out of the box Three weeks to the day that I dropped my Atlantis off at Bar Harbor Bicycle Shop it has finally returned to me. But damn did they overzealously break it down for boxing. I can understand much of the disassembly they did but was it necessary to take […]

Atlantis in East Montana Since returning from the terminus of my 2012 cross country bicycle touring I’ve been slowly (quite slowly alas) sorting through the thousands of photographs that I took. Now I was uploading photos as I went but these stopped around East Montana.  Why is that you ask? Well let me explain the […]

Fully Loaded Atlantis in front of the White Mountains in Vermont My touring kit had been pretty static the last few years, with often just one or two bits changed as I’d set out on tour.  This year, for my cross country tour, I changed quite a few things and thus set out with a […]

When I lost my job at the end of July 2011 I was thinking I’d set right off on a cross country bicycle tour. However all of the business involved in the lay off necessitated that I be in the area for at least a month and ideally three months. So I took my shorter […]

This packing list was at the bottom of my epically long Kit Considerations post. I was doing some editing and decided that this information would be better served as it’s own post. The two posts are linked to each other so nothing should be lost to the reader.  This allows the packing list to be […]

  April 30th 2012 I left my apartment in Seattle WA and set off on the first stage of my cross country tour. I first rode to Olympia and spent a few days with friends before setting off around the Olympic Peninsula where I intersected with the Northern Tier route which I rode to Bar […]

Heading down Washington Pass Current Status (06.14.14):  I’ve completed sorting and uploading photos through day 100, Bar Harbor, Maine. This completes the cross country tour. However I do still have photos from the days I spent in Bar Harbor and the return trip to post. Those however will have to wait until after this summers […]

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“The true traveller is without a goal, it is the absence of goals which creates the ultimate traveller.” -Gao Xingjian, Soul Mountain   It’s been two years since my Journey to the East (for which I’ve finally finished sorting the bulk of the photos. See my Journey to the East Index) and a couple of months […]

One is on the way for eons without leaving his house; one leaves his house without being on the way. -Lin-ji Following in my own footsteps My pilgrimage to the mountains begins by taking a familiar path from Olympia. Along Mud Bay and Hood Canal to Potlatch State Park. A short day but with it […]

Exhausted, I sought a country inn, but found wisteria in bloom -Bashō soft summer rain July gloom today, with low clouds and a on and off drizzle that sometimes would increase to a gentle rain. Again following families routes, but almost twice as much riding as yesterday and much more up and down. The first […]

“If a thing is worth doing once, it is worth doing over and over again – exploring it, probing it, demanding by its repetition that the public look at it.” -Mark Rothko coastlines Another day spent in very familiar territory. Apart from beginning/ending many tours in these parts I grew up on Fidalgo and Whidbey […]

those falling blossoms all return to the branch when I watch butterflies -Moritake a good day for sailing A difficult day for early in the tour: hot, long and strong winds blowing southeast. My route took me past campgrounds at 12 and 34 miles but they didn’t leave me in a decent place for the […]

I begin each day with breakfast greens and tea and morning glories -Kikaku raspberry fields forever Today was even hotter and more miles than yesterday and yet it was a really enjoyable day. The main variable is that instead of being against the wind it was often with me. I’ve said it before and I’ll […]

Fallen red blossoms from plum trees burst into flame among horse turds -Buson blowing upstream Sedro Wooley is the last town with a full range of facilities until over the mountains and as I intend to spend some time in the mountains I spent this morning taking advantage of said facilities. Laundry, shopping and so […]

I’m right on the edge of Cascade National Park and previous experience informs me that I won’t be getting much coverage for the next while. Also I intend to spend some extra time here and not just rush over the pass. Getting into the mountains is what this tour is about and it’s time to […]

“Let one walk alone, committing no sin, with few wishes. Like an elephant in the forest.’” – The Dhammapada the narrow way The road now narrows into a single path across the mountains but with many branches. I’ve ridden this path twice before and while the features are constant the details are ever changing. I […]

“Ten thousand things, all in this breath…” why are people in this world so busy? just for this one breath. They say, “busy, busy, mine mine…”, busy a whole lifetime for “Me”. When this breath is cut off you let go of the whole universe. Why not let go from the start?” – from Amongst […]

“But now that you’re in the mountains be ready to suffer.” -Gao Xingjian, Soul Mountain pushing that rock This the third time I’ve crossed Rainy and Washington passes and whole they’ve all been tough the heat on this day added to the overall challenge. I got up early and left early (for me) and hit […]

the moon this evening, and in the whole wide sky not a trace of cloud -Sōchō it gets hotter as you go down the valley I lingered at the Barn enjoying the facilities and the shade of its trees. But eventually I wrapped things up and hit the road for the short ride to the […]

like misty moonlight, watery, bewildering — our temporal way -Issa sirocco It didn’t cool down much last night which certainly led to a fitful night sleep. I knew it’d be another hot day so I made an attempt to leave earlier than I have been. But just a couple miles back on the road, after […]

The distant mountains are reflected in the eye of the dragonfly -Issa burnin’ It had been nice and cool overnight on the lake which was quite a relief I must say. Trying to get the bulk of the ride in before the heat of the day I did not linger in camp. You have to […]

O summer snail, you climb but slowly, slowly to the top of Fuji -Issa crossing the dry mountains It had actually gotten almost cold overnight which really was a relief. But I knew that today was suppose to be the peak of the heat and I had a pass to cross. I didn’t linger but […]

Even these long days are not nearly long enough for the skylarks to sing -Bashō with and against As has so often been the case this tour the morning was dramatically different than the afternoon. I did some errands in Ellensberg so got out later than I’d wanted but the wind from yesterday was still […]

Things spread out rolling and unrolling, packing and unpacking, — this painful impermanent world – Gary Snyder buy the ticket, take the ride It was still windy when I woke up, still blowing south. This added some difficulty to what otherwise would be a (relatively) easy pass to cross. White Pass ascends in a couple […]

This present moment      that lives on   to become   long ago -Gary Snyder a ride in the woods When I arose it was overcast and chilly. It’s hard to express what a relief that was: back home in Western WA. After the steep climb out of the campground I was back on 12 to […]

The white dome peak whacked lower down, open-sided crater on the northside, fumarole wisps a long gray fan of all that slid and fell angles down clear to the beach dark old-growth forest gone     no shadows The lake afloat with white bone blowdown logs scoured ridges round the rim, bare outcrop rocks squint on the […]

I have all the vestment I will ever need, not gauzy silk nor twill, and if you ask about the color, neither red, nor purple . . . In the summer it’s light as wings; in the winter it’s my quilt. Winter or summer, of use in both . . . Year upon year, just […]

A long hard journey, rain beating down the clover like a wanderer’s feet -Buson riding the PCT to OR It began to sprinkle as I retired to my tent last night and by morning was a full on downpour. Listening to the tapping of rain on the tent as I lie enveloped in warmth is […]

I always felt terrible on the trail the first day after a break. Katz, on the other hand, just always felt terrible. Whatever restorative effects a town visit offered always vanished with astounding swiftness on the trail. Within two minutes it was as if we had never been away—actually worse, because on a normal day […]

Sokei-an met an old man on the banks of the Columbia growing potatoes & living all alone, Sokei-an asked him the reason why he lived there he said   Boy, no one every asked me the reason why, I like to be alone I am an old man I have forgotten how to speak human […]

a world of dew, and within every dewdrop a world of struggle -Issa between the gods Today would be split between riding along the Columbia and riding up the Hood River Valley back into the Cascades. The morning was clear and cool and my route back to Cascade Locks was in the woods on the […]

sunset sweeps the sky with a single stroke -Hōsai Ozaki mountains and rivers This was a day of many crossings: four passes, three times over the Pacific Crest Trail, the Oregon Trail even. The primary activity was climbing back into the mountains proper. The day before on the Columbia Rover I was near sea level. […]

mountain wind descending -Hōsai Ozaki butterfly way The best riding on this tour has been on the forest roads right in the trees: Old Blewett Pass, the roads around Mt. St. Helens and today on the edge of the Mt. Hood wilderness. Things started slowly with a near five mile climb but this was followed […]

Traveling this high mountain trail, delighted by violets -Bashō thunder on the mountain When the weather gods displeasure falls on you the clouds roll in on the descents and are whisked away to reveal the hot sun on the climbs. Today was one of those days where while it dawned clear and warm clouds rolled […]

a desolate mountain remains of the setting sun -Hōsai Ozaki the storm breaks On coming down from Santiam Pass yesterday the character of the land had changed back to at dry scrubland with its sage, ponderosa pine and spares undergrowth. The ride from Sisters to Bend was all through land like that with, here and […]

quote in the high lake country After yesterday’s deluge and a damp morning I spent extra time hanging up everything wet in the sun and let them dry out a bit. Once I was on the road after only five or so miles of riding along Elk Lake and in the thin woods I came […]

dawn trees dampened by passing rain -Hōsai Ozaki perspective Overnight there was another thunderstorm the first one at. It. Massive flashes of lightning would light up my tent as if a gas lamp was momentarily flipped on. The thunder would echo up from the lake and roll over the hill above me. It rained just […]

Along the flow I walk and stop -Hōsai Ozaki Crater Lake Through the thin trees at my campsite the sun rose reddish-orange through a haze. Not having to pack up and such I had a leisurely morning but there was still going to be a full day of riding so by late morning I set […]

peaceful in mind getting up going to bed in mountains -Santoka lightning fires Today’s long climb was back up to a Crater Lake and the high point on the rim of over 7000 feet. Of course I did this yesterday unloaded and I didn’t it find it too tough in that condition. It was definitely […]

Before I arrived who were the people living here? Only violets remain -Issa riding the open range I had made reservations for the Ashland Hostel for today and the problem with reservations is you are constrained to make them! From Crater Lake to Ashland it’s a good two day distance but of course the campground […]

Prospero Our revels now are ended. These our actors, As I foretold you, were all spirits and Are melted into air, into thin air: And, like the baseless fabric of this vision, The cloud-capp’d towers, the gorgeous palaces, The solemn temples, the great globe itself, Ye all which it inherit, shall dissolve And, like this […]

Now is the winter of our discontent.   -Richard III, William Shakespeare another day, another play On my second full day in Ashland I really just spent the day doing the last of my errands and recovering, so there is little to report. However the fine folks who run the Ashland Hostel offered to try […]

The clouds come and go, providing a rest for all the moon viewers. -Issa California It turns out that the next campsite from Ashland is 70 miles away. I hadn’t quite realized this and I spent far too much time this morning running some final errands. I hit the road after 11 and it was […]

The full moon ringed by these innumerable stars and the sky a deep green -Shiki a wild ride From where I had camped in Weed it was an easy 4-5 miles back to the route which then climbed up through a valley most of the way to the town of Mt. Shasta. Mt. Shasta seemed […]

Warm nights, the lee of twisty pines — high jets crossing the stars -Gary Snyder scorched earth In the morning I found a hiker sitting on the picnic tables in the hike/bike site. He figured he’d camp at Burney Falls for a week or so, hike the trails, “maybe take the PCT over and then […]

came along a mountain path talking to myself   -Santoka under the volcano In 1915 Mount Lassen erupted – twice. Two years later Lassen Volcanic National Park was formed and like so many of those early parks the centerpiece is a road that runs through it. I’d wanted to spend a but of extra time […]

to the sound of flowing water found my way down to the village   -Santoka angels and Dutchmen The campground at Lassen is at over 7000 feet of altitude so it as a nice rid down to the valley below. As it does it warmed up as I descended but big fluffy white clouds kept […]

mornings are good! leaves fallen leaves yet to fall   -Santoka the face in the tree Mount Lassen is the end of the Cascade Range and today would be my first climbs in the Sierras. Things were still damp from the big rains of last night but the sun was out and it was warming […]

before this autumn wind even the shadows of mountains shudder and tremble -Issa mountain wind I lingered at Movin’ West RV Park primarily to get my laundry done as it wasn’t available to me until 9am. I talked to a fellow there who gave me the rundown on all the upcoming roads and mountains. I […]

Moon in mid sky, high over the village hovels and wandering on   -Buson I can see Nevada from my tent It was really cold last night which I have to say I’m grateful for when I’m snug in my sleeping bag, but packing up this morning I could have used a sweater. Of course […]

warm day — and still some food on hand   -Santoka it’s Tahoe vs Veygus in the Big Game It was another chilly, mountain morning, though not as outright cold as yesterday. Climbing the hill out of the campground warmed me right up anyway. I did a bit of riding high above Lake Tahoe which […]

the crow silently flew off   -Hōsai Ozaki apex predator Another chilly morning, but once the sun hove into view it quickly began to warm up. Almost as quickly as I am on to climbing up a pass. As I turned left following 89, hwy 4 pealed off the route and went down a signed […]

butterflies in the wind seeing them on their way   -Santoka through the devils gate The high, rocky valley walls effectively block the sun both setting and rising leading to a truly cold night. I had to put on my raincoat in the morning to warmup. I had ridden part way up the pass getting […]

The Mountain Spirit (excerpt)   Driving all night south from Reno Through cool-porches Bridgeport, past Mono Lake’s pale glow, past tongues of obsidian flow stopped chill, and the angled granite face on the east Sierra front —   -Gary Snyder High Point Today i would ride Tioga Road into Yosemite Park. This was pretty much […]

To the timid traveler, fresh from the sedimentary levels of the lowlands, these highways, however picturesque and grand, seem terribly forbidding– cold, dead, gloomy gashes on the bones of the mountains, and all of Nature’s ways the ones to be most cautiously avoided. Yet the are full of the finest and most telling examples of […]

But no temple made with hands can compare with Yosemite. Every rock in its walls seems to glow with life. Down through the middle of the Valley flows the crystal Merced, River of Mercy, peacefully quiet, reflecting lilies and trees and the onlooking rocks; things frail and fleeting and types of endurance meeting here and […]

It seems strange that visitors to Yosemite should be so little influenced by the novel grandeur, as if their eyes were bandaged and their ears stopped. Most of those who I saw yesterday were looking down as if wholly unconscious of anything going on about them, while the sublime rocks were trembling with the tones […]

Everyone needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where Nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike.   -John Muir steaming into the valley Today was going to be a short day due to the vagaries of campgrounds and timing so that I’d reach […]

somehow I get to go on living among summer grasses   -Santoka the empty lake Today was mostly spent in the low altitude valleys and it was hot. First thing In the morning I crossed the San Joaquin River and then climb right back over 2000 feet. But the rest of the day was primarily […]

all withered– grasses I walked over going nowhere   -Santoka big hills into big trees Packing up this morning I received a surprise as when I was pulling,stuff out of my Hobo Bag (the handlebar bag) a giant hairy, tan spider charged out. A wolf spider I’m pretty sure, (though perhaps a hobo spider!) it […]

The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness.   -John Muir riding with the generals I spent part of the morning exploring what I could in Kings Canyon but alas the titular canyon itself is thirty miles up a road perpendicular to the route. It’d take at least a couple of days […]

The big tree is nature’s first masterpiece, and, as far as I know, the greatest if all living things. – John Muir amongst the monarchs I spent this day in Sequioa National Park Park experience as much as I could of the park. I took the shuttle up from my campground in the morning and […]

“The mountains are calling and I must go.” -John Muir low and high My campground was only four miles or so from the entrance to Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park and I reveled in my final glimpses up the valley. Moro rock stood out as did the surrounding rock edifices. But out of the canyon I […]

I wish to say nothing. What does the sky say? -Confucius last walk with giants Even after yesterday’s long climb there was still nearly 3000 feet remaining up into the Giant Sequoia Monument. This was much easier being first thing in the morning when it was cooler and I was more rested. But I also […]

got this far drink some water and go on -Santoka hungry ghosts I had pushed it to Lake Isabella as Labor Day Weekend is a wildcard I had to take into account. In the end it would have worked out fine if I’d shown up on Friday afternoon – the campground has filled up but […]

Mountains, rivers, and the great earth, Grass, trees, and the forests, All are mu. -Bassui no goal reached Lake Isabella is the end of section four of the Sierra-Cascades route and as far as I’m going to follow the route. Today I strike off on a route to Bakersfeild that I put together on Google […]

all day I said nothing unable to sleep the moonlit night   -Santoka this train is bound for Oly My train didn’t leave until the evening so this meant I had most of a day to kill in Bakersfield. I was close to the central downtown and let me tell you there isn’t much action […]

Bottle in hand, I climb out on this great rock. Since Heaven and Earth began it’s stood a thousand feet above the water. I raise my cup and smile at the sky, and the Heavens whirl until the sun shines out of the West! I could sit here on this rock forever! hanging my hook […]

On tour this summer, just outside of Yakama on a hot mid-July Day I started hearing a rhythmic thunking as I rode on an overpass. I pulled over and slowly pushed the bicycle forward looking for things dangling, or rubbing or something. And look what I found. This is why I use Marathon Plus tires […]

Tour2015

This year I’m not going to be able to do any extended touring, so I’m attempting to make the most of three-day weekends and overnight trips.  As I’ve noted in these pages it has been quite warm this spring so when Memorial Day Weekend rolled around I finally decided to do a trip I’ve been […]

  I awoke to find it damp with streams of mist running down the trail. I made breakfast and broke camp and then walked down to Alice Creek to clean my dishes. A lively creek that ran though trees and over rocks into an aged cement culvert under the trail where it disappeared from my view. […]

It was again nice and cool in the mountains, for which I remained a bit under clothed.  But I slept pretty well on this night after two days of hard riding and there is nothing better then waking up in the woods to the calling of birds. I packed up, cooked breakfast, washed up and […]

Tour2016

  spring comes simply with a pale blue sky -Issa No-thinking; just tour I was heading out late Sunday morning for a ride and as I was about to board the light rail for a bit of a head start I decided that I should take advantage of the unseasonably warm stretch ahead and go […]

“All through the land an unenlightend person is hard to find.” -Lin-ji (paraphrased) Overnight I came to the decision that I wanted to sit in cafes, on beaches, in the woods, on the sound just taking things in. This morning dawned clear and bright and was going to be another in this series of “summer […]

 “Thus, the sage performs effortless deeds and teaches wordless lessons.” – Lao-Tzu I didn’t have too much riding planned for this day, I primarily desired to visit a few of my favorite spots on Fidalgo Island. But being at Deception Pass State Park – which I haven’t camped at in decades – I decided to […]

  even for the meadow butterflies… the day is long -Issa The plan is to go to Orcas Island and spend some time at Moran State Park.  The ferries aren’t really amenable to maximizing ones time on an island. That is I wanted to go over early this morning and return mid afternoon tomorrow. That’d […]

in hazy night stepping into water… losing my way -Issa It drizzled a bit overnight but by the morning it was dry and grey. As I noted earlier the ferries weren’t really conducive to maximizing my time on Orcas and still getting to the next campground. I had the options of leaving around noon or […]

sunset— tears shine in a frog’s eyes too -Issa I had to be back this afternoon so I decided I’d take the morning Amtrak Cascades train back to Seattle. To maximize my time I’d chosen to camp at Bayview State Park which is only about ten miles from the train station. The train left around […]

larks in the sky people in the sea… a holiday -Issa   A hot start I’ve found myself pining for the coast and with another free space I’m back on the road. The weather is again unusually hot with a high of 90(f) on this day. I set myself a short first day, with my […]

dawn’s glow even more of a wonder… willow tree -Issa waiting to exhale I woke at dawn and looking out the door of my tent saw the eastern colors reflecting off the canal and touching the clouds with color. A deep contentment filled me and I sat in for long moments in reflecton. soft colors of dawn […]

stillness— in the depths of the lake billowing clouds -Issa wind and water The day dawned grey and cool – a relief after the heat of the last few days. It would break up as the day progressed, leading to blue skies streaked with trails of clouds.  I had many miles to ride this day […]

the ants’ road from peaks of clouds to here -Issa a short ride over a long bridge A grey morning, cooler and every so often brief periods of sprinkles. Today I’d cross the Astoria Bridge to OR and I decided that I would stay the night in Astoria.  I haven’t really spent much time in […]

watching the downpour under a temple bell -Issa sometimes it pours I lingered in Astoria having breakfast out, relishing supplies, finishing my coffee. The skids were cloudy, but streaked with blue and it was warm when the sun worked its way through the cracks.  I made my way out of town the same way I came […]

today too today too… cheating clouds -Issa rain day I’ve planned all along to spend several days on the beaches but on this day the weather forced my hand.  It rained on and off throughout the night and when I woke up it was really coming down. I’d begun to recognize the pattern though: sprinkles […]

blown forth by the spring breeze… pilgrims -Issa drifting down the coast There was some early morning rain but then the front moved by and the sun cand out.  I lingered in camp, drying out and recombobulating things.  So it was nice and warm when I returned to the road and continued drifting south. The wind […]

in spring breeze his stole billowing… a monk comes too -Issa wind and waves I decided to stay another night at Cape Lookout, so that I could explore Cape Mears which I’d missed yesterday.  Taking a leisurely morning I enjoyed the first bright blue dawn in a couple of days.  The sun was already quite […]

today too, today too living in mist… little house -issa a long day’s journey into…evening I awoke to the sound of drizzle pitter pattering on my tent.  Now the sound of rain on the tent is an experience not to be missed, but I did intend to pack up and leave Cape Lookout today.  It fell […]

low tide in a soft, soft rain… darkness coming -Issa between showers This was another day predicted to be filled with a series of fronts moving through so I decided to stay at Bevery Beach Campground and explore the coast. Considering that I’d moved along this section of the coast pretty fast yesterday Ithis would give me […]

plum blossoms— in my account book I enter “cash for sake” -Issa beach to beach It rained all night only ceasing upon the dawn.  So it was a damp morning of packing as I broke camp and headed south.  A scant distance Down 101 I came to Newport and the turnoff to Yaquina Head Lighthouse. […]

where I saw a pretty bird… they burn the mountain -Issa without intentions This day was mostly clear, with an unusual southerly wind blowing white streamers of clouds across the blue canvas. On the road I almost immediately reached Yachats where I stopped at the Bread & Roses Bakery and lingered over their fine coffee […]

dancing butterflies— my journey forgotten for a while -Issa the butterfly flies anyway Umpqua Lighthouse State Park was the southern most extent of my journeys.  In fact I had gone beyond the road where I needed to start heading east.  So this day requires back tracking north for a ways.  But I was going to […]

in summer cool ambling down my road to hell -Issa a step east On this day I would leave 101 for the first time since joining it in SW Washington.  I was riding to Eugene which was a fair piece and since I desired to spend some time in the city I left early. It was […]

in beads of dew one by one my home village -Issa   all things must pass I made one last stop in The Whit at the New Day Bakery – which was great – before I made my way to the Amtrak Station. This being the beginning of the Amtrak Cascades route the train was ready and […]

Coastal Contemplations index In June 2016 I spent two weeks touring on the Pacific Coast.  A leisurely tour, the emphasize was on the scenery, the environments and contemplation.  As usual I blogged the tour here as it went on the links of which I have collected here. Additionally I took over a thousand photos on […]

In 2016 I undertook three tours, the last of which end abruptly. This is the tale of that tour. My plan was to take the bus up to North Bend and then ride to the Iron Horse Trail which I would then take nearly to Cle Elum.  From there I’d ride to Roslyn, Cle Elum Lake […]

I awoke to a clear, cool morning in the midst of the Cascade Mountains. After making breakfast and breaking down camp I discovered that the outhouse at the Cold Creek Campground was locked.  This didn’t bode well. I wasn’t too far from the Hyak Trailhead so I rode back up there to use the facilities. […]

Day 3 dawned clear, cool and sunny. It was wonderful being in the midst of the mountains along the talkative Cle Elum River.  I made breakfast and packed up and then enjoyed a second cup of coffee sitting on a rock in the river. The plan today was to ride a trail to Cooper Lake […]

Tourus Interruptus

In 2016 I undertook three tours, the last of which end abruptly. This is the tale of that tour. My plan was to take the bus up to North Bend and then ride to the Iron Horse Trail which I would then take nearly to Cle Elum.  From there I’d ride to Roslyn, Cle Elum Lake […]

I awoke to a clear, cool morning in the midst of the Cascade Mountains. After making breakfast and breaking down camp I discovered that the outhouse at the Cold Creek Campground was locked.  This didn’t bode well. I wasn’t too far from the Hyak Trailhead so I rode back up there to use the facilities. […]

Day 3 dawned clear, cool and sunny. It was wonderful being in the midst of the mountains along the talkative Cle Elum River.  I made breakfast and packed up and then enjoyed a second cup of coffee sitting on a rock in the river. The plan today was to ride a trail to Cooper Lake […]

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“If a thing is worth doing once, it is worth doing over and over again – exploring it, probing it, demanding by its repetition that the public look at it.” -Mark Rothko coastlines Another day spent in very familiar territory. Apart from beginning/ending many tours in these parts I grew up on Fidalgo and Whidbey […]

“I am losing precious days. I am degenerating into a machine for making money. I am learning nothing in this trivial world of men. I must break away and get out into the mountains to learn the news” ― John Muir

Walking

September 7th 2011 I walk around the city pretty much every day.  Here is a selection of photographs, mostly taken with my at hand iPhone, from various neighborhoods within walking distance of my University District apartment.  I’ve added a new set on Flickr, Still Walking, to house these photographs which should be regularly updated. October […]