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Bumps and Bruises in the Pacific Northwest

June 30th, 2007

In early June, Veronica heard about an organized bike ride called the Tour de Blast, that goes up the highway into the Mount St Helen National Volcanic Monument. It sounded like it would have spectacular views and a lot of climbing – right up her alley. We decided we would take ten or twelve days, stopping on the way to Washington to ride in Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, do the ride, then go back as far as Oregon to ride the North Umpqua Trail again and ride around Crater Lake.

So, we loaded 2 road bikes on the roof of the car and 2 mountain bikes into back of the car, along with all our camping gear and set off the Pacific Northwet. Whiskeytown NRA is one of the few parks in the National Park system that allows mountain bikes on trails. We picked up a trail book and headed for a ride that had a lot of climbing and good views. This would be a sort of shake down ride, since Veronica hadn’t done any mountain biking in several months. Thom had been making good use of his time off to ride local trails, so he and his bike were ready. A few miles into the ride, we missed a turn and had to head back down a steep, paved road to get the the trail head.

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” – John Lennon (more…)

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Mountain Bikes in the Maze

March 20th, 2006

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We joined up wtih some friends and took an organized tour of the Maze. This part of Canyonlands National Park, in Utah, is very remote. The National Park Service issues a limited number of commerical permits, so there are not too many people in the park. You are free to go in on your own, but the roads vary from “not bad dirt” to “I don’t think that Jeep is going to make it”. It’s a few hour drive from Green River, UT and there is nothing out there but natural beauty.

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Sothern Utah by Mountain Bike

September 26th, 2005

  • The clouds threatened all day. It didn't start raining until we were almost done riding for the day.

We took a 6 day mountain biking tour of Utah with Escape Adventures. This tour included Brian Head Peak, at 11,307 feet above sea level, and trails near Bryce and Zion National parks. There is no off road mountain biking in National Parks, so in the parks we hiked or cruised down the pavement. This wasn’t a point-to-point trip. Instead, we rode for a short way in the van on a couple of days to link the areas. This allowed us to cherry pick great riding and skip some dull time on ATV or jeep trails. (more…)

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National Parks at Christmas Time.

January 14th, 2005

For Christmas 2004 we went to Utah to visit the National Parks. We visited Arches NP, Canyonlands NP and Zion NP.

Photos of Arches and Canyonlands are behind this photo:

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Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons

July 14th, 2004

The summer of 2004 was my first full summer off in ten years. I decided to do a bike tour to keep myself occupied. I signed up to do an eight day bike/hike tour of the Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks with a friend and fellow biker Kim.

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