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  1. It’s technically singletrack

    21 Apr 2021

    “It’s not much, but it’s better than pavement,” I thought to myself while looking down at the ribbon of dirt next to the busy paved rail trail. “It’s technically single track.” That strip of dirt next to the Springwater Corridor along the Willamette River in Portland sparked an idea —…

  2. Walk the Mountain: An evening in Forest Park for no reason

    21 Jan 2021

    PORTLAND, Ore., — “When I walk the mountain, all I do is walk the mountain. When you walk the mountain, that’s only part of what you do,” Josh Spice commented in an internet post from Bailey Newbrey. Spice said the words of wisdom came from someone else and unfortunately I…

  3. A Friday morning tradition: Coffee Outside

    21 Jan 2021

    PORTLAND, Ore., — On many Friday mornings in the Before Times I met up with other Portland bike people in what was partially a social gathering, partially a bicycle fashion show and showcase for every conceivable way to heat water and/or brew coffee. This story recalls what has become one…

  4. Three Volcano Traverse

    31 Jul 2018

    PORTLAND, Oregon — 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…

  5. Extraterrestrial, a Ranger and snow

    22 Feb 2018

    PORTLAND, Oregon — I finally had the chance to ride through snow (over paved surfaces, mostly) with a Surly ExtraTerrestrial tire, mounted on a 50mm Rabbit Hole rim, used as a rear tire. I have a WTB Ranger Tough 3.0 front tire, mounted on the same rim Snow is rare…

  6. 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…

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