Ride Reports

Social Distance Cycling Club Ride 1 – Ebey’s Landing/Fort Casey

First ride of Swift Industries Social Distancing Cycling Club. In this club we all ride around the same time, but on our own. You can read about it and watch the launch video in this Seattle Bike Blog post Swift Industries launching Social Distancing Cycling Club. The club is hosted on the Strava Website which supports cycling clubs with route mapping, chat, statistics and such. A lot more competitive ride oriented than really does much for…

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Tour2019

Tour 2019 – Day 32

I wake every morning the same person. Same life- history, same mind, same eyes looking. Some- times, when the boredom seems  almost endless, I walk out among mountains the same mountains, sky sky, and I understand them perfectly. -David Hinton from Desert: Poems   Time after time after time In one, not even particularly long, day I would unwind my whole month of travel. Around 8:30am I made my way to Epic Mountain Sports where…

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Overnight

Early June Overnighter

It was a dry May with only a few days of rain and increasingly hot weather. This trend would continue into June though the first weekend would bring the traditional “June Gloom” which cooled things down a few degrees.  Still plenty warm for an inaugural 2019 overnight camping trip to Old Fort Townsend State Park. I set out Sunday right after lunch when it had warmed up a bit.  Since this was just one night…

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No-Thinking Tour

April Bicycle Camping day 3

 “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 explore a bit. The park features a unique dual beach, one side on Cranberry Lake the other on the Sound.…

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No-Thinking Tour

April Bicycle Camping day 2

“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 in April” days. I took care of business in camp and then rode down into Port Townsend. Now due to…

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Tour without a goal – 6 July 2014

“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 Islands, on which I did the bulk of today’s ridding. As is just was on Port Townsend a month or…

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Bicycle Camping

Late May Two-Nighter

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 weeks where it would be really nice mid-week and then rain on the weekend.  All of this has led to…

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Tour2011

Tour 2011 – Day 3

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 and steady for a spell. It didn’t last though and when I finally did get up it was partly cloudy…

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