Cyclotouring

May Micro-Tour

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 I would enjoy the cooler weather of camping out at night. So I spent some time on Google Maps working…

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Tour2011

An Unexpected Tour

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 new place, financial stuff and so on so I ended up staying with a friend for a while. Everything…

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Tour2010

Tour 2010 – day 13

“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 territory before I retrace my steps home. Cold, cold night But the babbling brook Lulled me to sleep The morning…

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Tour2010

Tour 2010 – day 11

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 other such things to try to wait it out. It was only misting when I actually left town, but I…

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Tour2009

Tour 2009: day 13

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 this fog and then headed out of town. Once across the bridge I opted for the official OR route as…

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Tour2009

Tour 2009: day 11

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 my clothes in the sink the night before but it had not fully dried overnight, so after breakfast I walked…

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Tour2009

Tour 2009: day 10

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 kit so I chose to go forward. It was overall pretty easy riding today, high clouds, not much wind and…

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Tour2009

Tour 2009: day 9

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 rained all day. The day dawned cool and misty and as I left camp began to drizzle. I made…

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Tour2009

Tour 2009: day 8

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 to boil water aplenty for the last of my instant oatmeal as well. A hot breakfast is always welcome. It…

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