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June 23, 2018 Thompson Falls to Missoula I think it started raining around 1:30 am this morning. I turned over and tried to ignore it but it didn't stop, in fact it just kept getting heavier and heavier. By 5:00 Am the alarm went off and I had to do something.
Anne-Marie and Sandra's excellent adventure continues. We arrived a couple of days before race day in Albstadt. Quite a contrast from Obertraun, we left the Austrian mountains behind and are now in a rolling, wild flower covered hill area. It's hard to imagine that a World Cup actually happens here and it is actually a challenging one with some good climbs.
June 22, 2018 Kellogg to Thompson Falls However before I get to that I want to tell you about last night. I finished posting my blog and came outside to find the sky had turned totally black. There was a huge rain front just off to the west. I realized that I had to get my laundry off the fence and as I was pulling it down the first really big rain drops hit me.
Anne-Marie and Sandra's excellent adventure not without coffee Sandra is a professional mountain biker, she has travelled the world and races to the highest level. I was worried we would have to follow a strict diet of only healthy everything accompanied by water. Sandra's diet is healthy, but it has to include coffee and wine is.
Looking Down Is Looking Up Hundreds of years before a stuffy English barrister named Leonard Harper crossed the low, bushy saddle at the Main Divide of New Zealand's South Island, giving the pass his name, Harper Pass was known by the Maori as Taramakau.
What a cycling adventure! 1100km and 5 days from Mallorca to Munich - RAD Monika Last Thursday, I set off to ride solo from Mallorca to Munich. As I am not big on camping and like to travel light and fast, I had a 1kg string bag with me and chose hotels along the way. There is nothing better than a comfy bed after a full day of cycling.
SpiceRoads E-bikes: Now available in Vietnam and Sri Lanka - The SpiceRoads Cycling Blog At SpiceRoads, we're delighted to provide e-bikes in 2 of our most popular destinations - Vietnam and Sri Lanka - with more destinations to come! We firmly believe that seeing the world by bike is the best way to see the world, and that bike travel should be accessible to everyone.
June 21, 2018 Spokane WA to Kellogg ID Another day and another outlandish adventure. The heat wave we have been broiling under made a 180 degree turn and delivered us pouring rain and vicious head winds. Ken and I started off from the dorm this morning into a 20+ mph head winds and within a couple of miles a downpour was added to the mix.
Anne-Marie and Sandra's excellent adventure begins Sandra isn't just a pro mountain biker, she is also an experienced traveller. We get along great! We ride bikes, are addicted to good coffee and don't mind the weird Google map routes. She also speaks German and has welcoming family in many different countries.
36 Hours in Barcelona: A Cyclist's Guide For more information on Barcelona, please see 36 Hours in Barcelona, Spain - New York Times. Experience Barcelona on the 2018 Trans-Europa Cycling Expedition. Read all our previous posts in the series - Helsinki, Riga, Vilnius, Warsaw, Košice, Budapest, Ljubljana, Venice, Genoa, Cannes and Montpellier.
Saddlebags for Bikepacking and Front Rolltop Bags Certain models are dropper-friendly, too. This said, we think there's still a place for traditional-styled saddlebags, particularly if your adventures involve dirt road explorations rather than technical singletrack.
Japan Journal 01 Everywhere is in our imagination before we go and even after, but Japan unusually so. Landscapes outside of temporal location, in the city it's dense quiet incandescent tidy shoulder to shoulder bullet train shoe fall spider web of communication lines vending machines shrines at the foot of glass sheen.
June 20, 2018 Coulee Dam to Spokane Another long day at 93.5 miles into Spokane, but less than half of the climb at only 2400 feet. Most of the climb was out of the Columbia River valley up to the plateau. We were staying right downtown Coulee Dam which is on the river. It is a really cute little town which hasn't changed since the dam was built in 1941.
June 19 2018 Wenatchee to Coulee Dam What a day 104.5 miles with 5400 feet of climb. Ken and I were on the road early at 6:20 Am. Feeling strong and looking forward to a ride to one of the big land marks on the tour. Who has never heard of Grand Coulee Dam? It is billed as the largest concrete structure in the world.
Bikepacking.com Is Revolutionizing the Sport When Logan Watts started getting into long mountain bike rides in the mid-2000s, he didn't call it bikepacking. That term hadn't really taken hold yet. But now, little more than a decade later, bikepacking is a thriving segment in cycling, with major manufacturers building bikes and packs dedicated to it.
Bikepacking Diaries: Brody Leven Pro skier Brody Leven takes us on a four-day solo bikepacking adventure through the gravel backroads of Montana.
First Aid Kit: essential gear or unneccesary comfort? Three days until departure on the next segment of our bikepacking saga. I'm pondering what, if anything, to pack in a first aid kit. Adventure travel necessitates first aid supplies. But bikepacking necessitates a ruthlessly lightweight kit. Every item must be pedalled up 52,000 feet of rugged ascending Scottish terrain.
2017 Orient Express Riders Speak Out We asked the cyclists who took part in the 2017 Orient Express Cycling Expedition what they thought of their experience. Here are some of their responses. "I enjoyed the tour especially Romania. Staff were all good. Food was good. Balazs is a great cook.
Video Guide to the Trans Ecuador MTB Route A lot has been said on this site about the Trans Ecuador Mountain Bike Route, the 850-mile bikepacking route that runs the length of the country's volcanic corridor. So, we'll keep it brief and get straight to the video.
Registration Opens for 2nd Annual Bikepacking Summit From today until September 7th, registration is open for the 2018 Bikepacking Summit to be held from September 14th - 16th in Gunnison, Colorado. It's gearing up to be a pretty awesome event-don't miss out! Check out the itinerary below and make your way over to the bikepackingsummit.com to get signed up.
1100km Mallorca to Munich cycling adventure - Statistics and Strava routes - RAD Monika Main advice for doing an adventure trip for first titime: go through a familiar country where you speak the language and know the customs on the road. Start small to get a feel for it. Have fun. These trips are about exploring and about adventure. For solo female: a tracker is a good way to stay safe.
Mont Baron above Lake Annecy From the mid 1930's to mid 1980's there was a cable-car to the top of Mont Baron high above Lake Annecy. This mountain-bike ride reaches the old cable-car platform at the summit, although the station / hotel has been completely dismantled. The goal:. To reach the summit of that ridge one cycles around and up the back side of the mountain.
Reflections on Cycling the World - A 10 Part Series - Part 4 We continue with our 10 part series, 'Reflections on Cycling the World', by Henry Gold, Founder of T… Read on for the latest post from the Pub Ride cycle tour. People have been bonding over beer for… Pub Ride 2 mechanic Doug Percival reports from the field….
Mara Menahan's Baja Watercolors - BIKEPACKING.com I was also interested in the fauna-once I carried the entire carapace of a lobster for several days before the dry heat drained it of its spectacular ocean induced blue-but my love of botanical illustration predisposed me to the peninsula's flora, twenty five percent of which can only to be found in Baja, and nowhere else on the planet.
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