10 posts tagged Travel

Bike Friday’s Alan Scholz

I've been making monthly trips to Eugene – the people, the manufacturing facility and the bicycle have left a lasting impression. My first visit included a tour of the factory. Where else can you go in this country and see a bicycle being built? Not very many places. These bicycles are made one at a time. Continue Reading

Off to PEI [UPDATED]

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

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

Tony’s Used Bikes

He wouldn't let me take his picture and he didn't want me taking pictures of his bikes — I suppose he didn't want trouble from people saying, "I saw my stolen bike in that photo!" But few bereft owners would find much of value at Tony's Used Bikes in Portsmouth, NH. To say that all the good stuff had been picked over would be an understatement. I walked right by then turned and strolled in. There must've been dozens of old bikes lined up in his long driveway next to his house. I ... Continue Reading

Jim Sayer Visits CdM

Adventure Cycling Association Executive Director Jim Sayer lingered locally after the CA Bike Summit which was held in Los Angeles last weekend. The guys at bikeNewportBeach took him for a ride from CdM down Bayside Drive to the Balboa Island ferry. Jim's an advocate for Bike Overnights, so we were showing him our ideas for popular destinations on the peninsula. Continue Reading

Scary Coincidences in Santa Cruz

We've planned this trip for weeks. The three of us will drive 400 miles to visit our older son at college in Santa Cruz. That's a painful 7 hours in the car, but I'll stay through Wednesday for a conference in Palo Alto, so the effort will be worth it. The fold-ups come along, too. They win out over the bigger bikes because I can put 2 in the trunk and not be looking at bikes in my rear view mirror for the endless drive up here. They'll be perfect for the around-town riding we've got ... 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

Jim Sayer, Adventure Cycling

Ever get a hankering for the open road? Wanna just bag it all and exercise your wanderlust? If so, you want to meet Jim Sayer: "I get to mesh my personal passion with my work-a-day life". Jim is the Executive Director of Adventure Cycling Association. Adventure Cycling was founded in 1973 as Bikecentennial '76 and launched the nation's first cross-country cycling route in 1976 with the establishment of the TransAmerica Trail. That summer, 4,000 cyclists crossed the U.S. to celebrate ... Continue Reading

Bike Tourism Industry Red Hot

The bike tourism panel led by Adventure Cycling's Jim Sayer included Dakota Bike Tours' Jim Books, Wisconsin Bike Fed's Amanda White, and Cycle Oregon's Jerry Norquist, among others.I arrived early for this would be my last session of the National Bike Summit; it's a little overwhelming, all this good news about cycling advocacy, but this would turn out to be the best good news. The cycling tourism industry is red hot, all 120 attendees agreed. I can't remember when I'd fallen in with such an ... Continue Reading