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  1. Three Volcano Traverse

    31 Jul 2018

    I left the house thinking I would ride my bike east – I had only the vague notion of riding toward the rising sun, toward the “actual Portland” part of Portland I threaded through the mismatching meshwork of streets and avenues to a snack stop at a Plaid Pantry convenience…


  2. Seattle to Portland, the dusty way pt. 3

    28 Sep 2017

    This is the third and final part of my bikepacking adventure from Seattle to Portland. It picks up in the Olallie Lake Campground in Gifford-Pinchot National Forest in Washington.  I gathered my small camp together and packed up the Troll while my camp neighbors continued to throw food at me…


  3. Seattle to Portland, the dusty way

    21 Sep 2017

    PORTLAND, Ore. – I decided to follow what I think of as John’s Route from Seattle, Wash., to Portland, Ore., by way of gravel roads, national parks big hills and forests.  That first day, leaving the sweatbox hostel on Second Avenue in Seattle, I took John’s advice and cut off…


  4. Local adventures are still epic

    01 Dec 2016

    AUSTIN – I had to get out of the house, I was in a rut and needed to get my ass out of the leather office chair. Since I came back from my abbreviated (but nowhere near complete!) Great Divide Mountain Bike Route run I’ve been rotting idly at a…


  5. Riding the rails west, after pedaling south

    09 Oct 2016

    PORTLAND, Ore. – What began as an off-pavement bicycle trip along the spine of the Rocky Mountains, became a few days in Portland by way of Greyhound and Amtrak.  I shipped my bike and most of my gear from Missoula and boarded an evening Spokane-bound Greyhound. In Spokane I changed…


  6. A perfect day for a small bike ride

    21 Apr 2016

    AUSTIN – Weather warnings and watches murmur and squawk as creeks flood, thunder rattles the windows and lightning rips holes in the churning sky Perfect day for a small bike ride. We weren’t riding small bikes; I mean it was a short ride. I mean … my new Surly Troll…


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