Heading home from Phil's Trails

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My mother would pitch a conniption fit if she was forced to plan her vacation like Joe and I planned our bike tour…and not just because cycling dominated our agenda. She role-modeled a trip planning methodology that involved neat, labeled manila folders filled with travel documents and agenda items. Appropriate time was spent researching area… Read more »

ellee+beers

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Hey y’all! I wanted to pass along this post I’m a Cheater: How I Became Seduced by Beer from the website of my latest project, Hop in the Saddle: A Guide to Portland’s Craft Beer Scene, by Bike. Awesome, right? Please consider buying a copy of Hop in the Saddle from our Kickstarter project which just… Read more »

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“He’ll have to stop to take care of his mangina,” Dan commented about a cyclist in the next hotel room who he jokingly perceived as a very likely DNF (Did Not Finish) candidate. My natural inclination was to hurl whatever was in my hand (a chunk of bread) at Dan’s head. And I indulged myself…. Read more »

Ellee and MB while paddling the Boundary Waters together

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My very close friend and avid paddler, Mary Beth (MB) Wyne, took a bike tour after years of harassment and cajoling from me. Here is her first-time experience. MB, I can’t wait to go touring with you! Long before I knew that a bicycle seat was supposed to be called a saddle, my friend Ellee… Read more »

Lucy mountain biking (tree hugging?)

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I can’t help it. The thought being unable to escape the confines of child-proofed conversation topics, ranging from diaper rash to the latest car seat accessory, is terrifying. Also alarming is the idea of trading in the helium-heart feeling of pushing off for an epic bike tour for staying at home and making my own… Read more »

Ride Around Woodrat Mountain

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The Willamette Valley wine country is an national darling—a well earned status, no doubt. But the bike tourist/oenophile  in me thought it was about time to turn my ‘eye of Sauron’ to the lesser known Rogue Valley in Southern Oregon, a place that my touring partner and co-conspirator Julianna calls the “Wild West of Oregon… Read more »

Banks-Vernonia Trail

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Hey y’all, I thought I’d give you the heads up that I posted an extra tour chapter on my website. It’s a two-day tour-cito from Portland. It’s a big smootchie thank you for being awesome supporters and getting stoked about cycle touring in Oregon! If you like the chapter, grab yourself a book from my… Read more »

Banks-Vernonia Trail

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Hey, y’all. Just wanted to pass on a link to the Oregonian review of Cycling Sojourner in last week’s paper. I’m pleased they like it, even though they highlighted some incriminating photos. My duck hunting uncle would be abashed at my shooting form.    

Banks-Vernonia Trail

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Hey y’all! I wanted to pass along my missive in bikeportland.org about my mind boggling experience as a support person at the grueling Trans Iowa 330-mile endurance gravel road race. Enjoy! And, I hope to see you at my book launch for Cycling Sojourner this Tuesday the 8th at River City Bicycles in Portland. It’s… Read more »

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I want to give props to the team of people who helped create Cycling Sojourner. They dealt with stressful email flurries, razor-toothed deadlines, version after version after version of drafts, requests for a 1/2 mm icon shift to the right, extensive conversations about em dashes and Chicago vs New York schools of punctuation…and the list… Read more »