Category Archives: Western USA

Vantage (climbing): Basalt Columns Forever

It is sunset. Steep columns of golden rock rise¬†before you like soldiers prepared¬†for combat. Some of them are broken, crippled. Others stand tall and slender. You look carefully, and notice that in between their folds are little creatures, clambering up … Continue reading

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Wenatchee-Chelan Loop: The Columbia, Always a Stunner

Weather forecasts are extremely unreliable at this time of year. Nevertheless, after scrutinizing the charts for the whole region, we determined that eastern Washington would have the best weather, and the rest of the area would be cloudy and rainy. … Continue reading

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Oregon: The Cycling Revolution of the Scenic Bikeways

When we got back from cycling in Central America last year we had a pile of Adventure Cyclist Magazines to read. From all the articles I read in the next months, one in particular drew my attention. It was about … Continue reading

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Death Valley National Park: Cycling in a Desert Wonderland

It started out as a crazy idea. We were looking for something to do over the two week Christmas break and a few factors had to be taken into consideration – sun, warmth, blue skies and preferably bicycles. I once … Continue reading

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Mt. Rainier: Another Smooth Trip

Some trips go completely smoothly. This one seemed to be off to a bad start. We met at 6am below our building, and Ariel asked Brent off handedly if he had brought his passport. After a mad dash back to … Continue reading

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Washington-Montana-Idaho-BC Loop: A Trip to a Different America

I am not even sure why we picked Montana. Maybe because it sounded exotic, not in the way most people think of exotic, but rather exotic for cycling. Big open sky, light traffic, expansive scenery. I don’t know where we … Continue reading

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Ellensburg-Vantage-Yakima Loop: The US is a Funny Place

Our desire for sunshine took us far and away last weekend. We set our eyes on an area in Washington State that we visited before, but many years ago. It’s hard to believe but it’s a real desert, very dry … Continue reading

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San Juan Islands: Island Hopping & Cycle Touring

May Long Weekend is usually the opening of the cycle touring season for us. This year I was off my bike for eight weeks due to my injury. This is a long time not being able to ride, taking into … Continue reading

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Urban Exploration in Seattle

As outdoor activities like skiing and cycling are out of reach for me while I am recovering from the broken arm injury, we decided to head down to Seattle for the weekend, for some urban exploration. On Friday I had … Continue reading

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Thank You Letter to Mt. Baker Ski Patrol Team

Dear Mt. Baker Ski Patrol Team, Three weeks ago, on February 23rd I was injured in the Mt. Baker Ski Area while I was skiing. A snowboarder collided into me at high speed, while I stopped briefly on the side … Continue reading

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