Myself and my loaded Surly Long Haul Trucker, ready to depart for my PDX-Oly-Astoria Tour. 30 May 2012 It's nearing the end of February. I've already done one bike camping trip, and am itching to do something soon. And like the last few years, my "work life" will be mixed between part-time stuff with Emee... Continue Reading →
2012 Bike Camping and Touring Relfections
After being on the road for four and a half-months on the Cross-Continent Bike Tour in 2011, it would be really hard for 2012 to measure up. Still, 2012 shaped up to be a pretty decent year bicycle wise.April and I started the bike camping/touring year right on New Years with our annual tradition of... Continue Reading →
Thoughts on my 2012 tours: PDX-Olympia-Astoria, June
Hello friends! Over the next week or so, I'm going to share thoughts and conclusions from the three tours I've taken this year. Hope you enjoy. The PDX-Oly-Astoria Tour was a weird beast. It wasn't a really big or epic tour, like the Cross-Con Tour of 2011. But it was the first tour that I took... Continue Reading →
Interesting Bikes Spotted: Apollo Roadster Tandem
Hello friends! Here is a long-overdue installment in "Interesting Bikes Spotted", aka "Other People's Bikes". For this segment, we'll go back about a month and a half to my PDX-Oly-Astoria Tour. When in Olympia, I spotted this interesting specimen:An Apollo roaster tandem!It's of British make, unknown age, with possibly a Sturmey-Archer four speed hub. Note... Continue Reading →
PDX-Oly-Astoria Tour: The Photos!
Hey friends! Just spent a buttload of time sorting through, retouching, uploading, tagging, commenting, etc etc my photos from the tour to flickr. Please peruse this set to see them all.I'll be adding appropriate photos to the blog posts in the coming days, plus posting final thoughts on the tour. Stay tuned!
PDX-Oly-Astoria Tour, Day 8: Astoria!
The view of Astoria, from the Astoria ColumnWednesday June 6. The original plan for the day was to simply ride the 2.5 miles into Ilwaco and take the bus into Astoria. I've done this ride before and it's nothing special. And taking the bus means not having to ride over the dreaded Astoria Bridge. But... Continue Reading →
PDX-Oly-Astoria Tour, Day 7: Cape Disappointment, The Pacific(finally!), and a bear.
Today was an interesting day, to say the least. 101 went through some sparsely settled countryside. There was no store until Ilwaco, 37 miles into the ride, and 3 miles before the end of my biking day. This is pretty rare in these parts. Even SR 6, which went through pretty much nothing, had a... Continue Reading →
PDX-Oly-Astoria Tour, Day 6: Willapa Hills, River, and Bay
Last time I left you fine folk I was in Centralia again. Well, after that I hit the high road on a quiet scenic route that bypassed Chehalis and connected to Washington Route 6, the highway I would use to the coast. 6 was a fairly quiet road with low-to-moderate traffic and varying shoulder width.... Continue Reading →