Bicycle Camping

The BioLite Campstove considered

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 me set the stage first: so far I always tour solo, self-contained and do fairly ambitious cooking. That is to…

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April Overnighter

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 flurry of packing and prepping  and by 2:45 I was on the road. A brief stop at a downtown Olympia…

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Journey to the East: 4 July 2012

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 then working on the bicycle: put on the new wheel, adjusted the brakes and replaced the chain. Also put the…

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Journey to the East: 3 July 2012

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 more. A nicely laid out garden with most of the pieces fitting in very well. One nice bit was a…

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Journey to the East: 2 July 2012

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 in need of re-upping some supplies, so I spent most this day running errands. I managed to get almost all…

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Journey to the East: 1 July 2012

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 from the Float Rite party zone back into Minnesota – my Wisconsin adventure being quite short lived. There was a…

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Journey to the East: 30 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. Since I was planning to ride into Minneapolis/St. Paul along the spur route I needed to be as close as…

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Journey to the East: 29 June 2012

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 on the hill. Smoke like clouds. Blotting the sun Stinging the eyes. The hot seeds steam underground      still alive.  …

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Journey to the East: 28 June 2012

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 mosquito situation worse. Signs of the flooding she everywhere with rivers running to the edge of the roads, portions of…

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