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 »

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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 »

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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 »