Road Rage is Precious

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Road rage can be a precious thing. Hear me out. Have you ever ridden your bike just behind a souped up SUV that’s swerving slowly towards the right side curb as the driver text messages? And after you pass this effer (delivering a steely stare as you go by that says ‘you’re an effer,’) he peels out… Read more »

Back in the Saddle! Cycling Sojourner to Press!

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I told all my friends that I was as good as out of town, cancelled a couple of yoga classes I was teaching, and left the entirety of the house work and food responsibilities to my dear husband, bless his heart. My book deadline wasn’t a forgiving one. After about three months of non-stop toiling over synonyms,… Read more »

Cowhands, Sage, Gravel Grinding and a Steens Mountains Loop

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Gravel grinding.  It’s something lots of roadies cringe at.  I, myself, admit that smooth black top is like riding through sweet cream and gravel can be like riding through vegetable scraps (no offense to the vegans).  BUT I like gravel for several reasons… Joe descending into the canyon Gravel leads you to places where fewer people… Read more »

Guns, Beer, Cycling: An Unlikely Trio

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….but when you’re faced with a 70-mile day with two snow-covered passes in remote Eastern OR, it seems you look to the locals for unlikely solutions. Jeff, a Halfway, Oregon chap, was our hero for the day who took us in his pick-up (that I had to practically rock climb to get into) over the sketchy passes…. Read more »

First-time Bike Tour Experience: a Guest Post from Barbie!!

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My old and cherished pal from college, Barbie (now going by Barbara, but she’ll always be Barbie to me), didn’t hestitate to come on a bike tour with me even though she had never done it before. That’s Barbie for you.  She jumped right in. Here’s her first-time bike tour experience in her words. The… Read more »

Crater Lake Revealed All her Sparkling Adornments

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  Rim drive around Crater Lake is one of the most spectacular rides in the state.  I encourage all Oregonian cyclists to make it out there at least once and hope that people from all over the States and world give themselves the opportunity to ride the Rim. If you hit this ride on a… Read more »

Can your bike work for touring? It just might…

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I wanted to pass on an article in bikeportland.org by Tori Bortman of Gracies Wrench that talks about bike set-ups for touring.  Here’s a snazzy excerpt: “The good news is that you don’t have to run out and buy a special bike to do a multi-day, self-supported tour. Chances are the bike you’ve got will… Read more »

Travel Oregon Throws Their Hat in the Ring as a Sponsor!

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Great news for Cycling Sojourner! After numerous meetings and discussions, Travel Oregon and I came to a firm meeting of the minds, and they decided to sponsor the creation of Cycling Sojourner. A huge thank you to Kristin Dahl, Travel Oregon’s sustainability specialist, who met with me during her busy schedule to figure out how they could be… Read more »