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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 […]

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 […]


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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

First Photos of my New Bike

Now that Spring is upon us, I’m dreaming of bike touring trips. I don’t want to be a pest, but I was curious… How is my semi-custom bike coming along? I know the first step was the custom paint job. So I called Rivendell yesterday asking for an update. Can Keven call you back? He […]

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, […]

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 […]