10 posts tagged Touring

Packing for the Islands

I'm packing for a no-car trip to the San Juan Islands. I did it 4 years ago, for my 60th. That trip started from Orange County, CA. This trip is more compact, but hopefully just as much fun, this week-long, no-car, bike getaway. What makes it more compact, besides starting from Portland this time, is a new ferry option out of Seattle. In 2012 we ferried from Seattle to Victoria, B.C. then the four of us rented bikes for an 8-day island-hopping junket. This ferry takes us direct – party of ... Continue Reading

Bikes on Amtrak

Would you take your bike on the train if it was easier to do so? Does the idea of boxing up your bike cause you to think of driving to your destination instead? For today's podcast I'm joined by Champe Burnley, President of the Virginia Bicycling Federation, Kerry Irons with the Adventure Cycling Association and Dave Snyder, Executive Director of the California Bike Coalition. This subject came to the forefront recently as the Amtrak Surfliner in Southern California changed its bike ... Continue Reading


There's a change in the weather on Prince Edward Island, for the better. It's been cold and wet, now the 10-day forecast shows milder conditions. It's still hard to pack for this outing; knowing that it can turn cold and wet means I must have a plan for that, even if the forecast calls for 50's and 60's. A full set of rain gear with lots of wool layers are in the panniers. I leave Thursday for a 10-day trip to Eastern Canada; a week bike tour on PEI then 3 days in Halifax for the ... Continue Reading

Announcing the Cold and Wet Tour

The kids return to school, but I'm still itchin' to stay riding, so this weekend I pulled the trigger on a week-long tour of Prince Edward Island in Eastern Canada. It's Canada's smallest province, but big into cycling. Their Confederation Trail travels the length of the island — off-road and flat. I have a business excuse for this trip: the First Angel Network in Halifax, Nova Scotia is hosting the 2012 National Angel Summit. FAN made me an honorary member and placed me on the ... Continue Reading

Dash to Victoria

This last day on tour of Vancouver Island and the San Juan's is a hectic one. I made all these travel plans before the Washington State Ferries even published their summer schedule, and even if they had, what options would that have given me? Everyone's become an experienced bicycle tourist by this point. Right after breakfast the water bottles are filled; the panniers ready to load. We're all looking forward to this last day's itinerary. We have to catch the ferry out of Friday Harbor ... Continue Reading

The Ongoing Pursuit of Minimalism

As I packed for my recent trip to Halifax you'll remember, I ditched the big camera and laptop. The iPhone was going anyway and if it could act as camera and computer then this represented a significant weight savings, bulk, too — plus the worries of water damage. Adding the Bluetooth keyboard was the only luxury. The Kindle got left behind, which was an easy decision — I read with the Kindle app on the phone. This boiled down to a pretty small footprint, electronics-wise. ... Continue Reading

Nova Scotia Coastal Tour

The first whiff of Spring and I'm itching to get out on the bike for a week-long tour. For so long I've wondered, what kind of cyclist am I? As of today, I'm a touring cyclist. It comes from my interest in ultra-light backpacking. I'm not drilling holes in my toothbrush, but I do count grams when hiking or biking. Over the years I've learned to be quite comfortable with less. Plus, I'm really good at doing laundry in a sink, which gives me something to do each night. Followers of ... Continue Reading

Terminal Wanderlust

Are you prone to wanderlust? I am. I love planning getaways, the longer the better. I'm also prone to mild bouts of depression and I'd been feeling blue since returning from a 10-day bike tour along the Erie Canal. I was inspired to undertake such a long distance ride by Russ and Laura of PathLessPedaled, so when I discovered they were coming to Long Beach on Thursday night for a slideshow and talk about their epic journeys, well I had to get out of the house; I'd been moping around for ... Continue Reading

Final Preparations

It's time for the last few preparations as I finalize my bike for the Erie Canal ride coming up in just a few weeks. Campus Wheeelworks in Buffalo wants the bike shipped to them 2 weeks prior to my departure — one week for shipping and the balance for reassembly. Then I'll be ready to pick up the bike when I arrive September 14th. My pal, Kent, arrives the 15th and we push right off for Niagara Falls, one of several side trips on this ride. In a previous post I reviewed the ... Continue Reading

Preparing for the Erie Canal

I've wanted to take this trip for a year: tour the Erie Canal from Buffalo to Albany, about 400 miles. I get my chance next month. It'll be a good tour for a rookie and I've talked my best friend from high school into joining me. The route is mostly flat; picture the tow path along the canal, now turned into a bike path. It'll be a super 8 days on the bike. There's a lot of documentation for this ride; Parks and Trails New York runs an annual week-long tour the length of the canal. ... Continue Reading