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Old 06-23-16, 12:13 AM
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The road has pretty good shoulders actually, maybe 3-5 feet with rumble strips. It`s a wide fast hwy without sharp curves except right near Hope (20km worth). A couple of narrow sections going up the pass but the road is three lanes there for slower Semis. Much different than what it looks like in winter. In the summer the big issue is over heating causing cars and trucks to burn and we saw two fresh black patches on the way up. Vehicles totally burn to the ground!

The coke gets really bad weather because all the marine flow weather from the wide Fraser Valley delta compresses and funnels up the pass and drops moisture as the clouds ascend.

120 is the posted limit. Most people are probably doing 140kph but the trick is to do 139 so you wont get an excessive speed speeding ticket
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Just back from a tour that followed the Camino de Levante route across Spain from Valencia on the Med coast to Santiago 90kms from the Atlantic coast.

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Mixed between rough trails and good roads and ideally done on a mountain bike but my friend (Surly Crosscheck)and I (Secialized Sirrus) proved it can be done without suspension. In the just over two weeks we had one puncture each and no broken spokes much to our amazement.

The free of charge or low cost or suggested donation accommodation available along the route is available to anyone with a valid Camino 'passport' and we found few others using it till we got to Zamora after 900kms and the more popular routes converged.

Unfortunately I had an accident going down hill in rain after 1040km and decided to do the last 200km by bus. Weather was well up into the 30s till we reached Galicia when it suddenly became wet and cold for a couple of days.
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I've driven the Coke a few times in both directions, and haven't had any major issues. The latest timing was in October, with a little bit of snow up the top, but otherwise OK. It can be a bit spooky at night going westward as you come downhill, and you really do need to watch your speed. Coming up from Kamloops is a bit of a haul.

It becomes the Trans-Canada at/near Hope. Machka and I did a century from Chilliwack to Hope and back (plus some tootling around) on our Bike Fridays, and the shoulders are plenty good enough on the TC, even with the big rigs going past, and the shoulders continue on the Coke from there. Considering the quality of the Coquihalla highway, I was surprised that there wasn't more summer traffic on it.

Kamloops is one of my favourite towns in the area. On my first trip to Canada, I headed from Vancouver by bus to Calgary, but stopped for several nights at the backpackers in Kamloops to ride around a bit by bike. I've been back several times thanks to visits with one of Machka's relatives.

The Coquihalla, for those who don't know, was a toll road from the time it was open until such time as it was paid off. The first time I drove through, the toll stations had been closed but were still there; the last time I drove through, last year, I think I could identify where the station was, but wasn't really certain.
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July 9, 10, 11

We were supposed to go back up to northern Tasmania on the June Queens Birthday long weekend, but the area we were heading ... and actually about 100 km around ... were flooded badly that weekend. For a while, we couldn't have even reached the place we were supposed to be staying.

That was rather disappointing, so we decided to go up in mid July.

It was meant to be a 3-day hub-and-spoke cycling tour ... but ended up being 1 day cycling 100 km, and then just kind of touring the area by van the other two days. There were dire forecasts for horrendous weather on Sunday ... which didn't happen, so we could have ridden. And more dire forecasts for Monday ... which did happen. In fact, not long after we left the area, the road in front of the place we stayed flooded again.

We did, however, have a really good (but chilly) ride on Saturday ... a really nice 100 km loop.

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Photos from my last month’s eleven-day, 545 mile loop tourout of Missoula, MT:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/105349603@N05/albums/72157667672266654



The route with campground listed:

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/14890942

I had planned to take a rest day the 5th day butended up doing a 23 mile out and back ride from my two-night overnight locationof the cyclist-only campground in Twin Bridges. Nice weather except for 15miles of rain at the end of the first day and rain all night in camp, a coupleof incidents of hail on the second day and a thunderstorm on the penultimateday. One unplanned indoor stay in Jackson on day 2 because the hot springs lodgethat allows camping was not yet open on Thursday and it was really cold and windy out. Planned motel stay in Butte.


Cooked most dinners.

The route incorporated over 70 milers of gravel/dirt roads,including 30 miles of beautiful Rock Creek Rd. and 23 miles of hill, rough, desertedMelrose Rd. where all I could here was the wind and other sounds of nature. Ihad planned to do about 20 additional miles of gravel in the form of unpavedGibbons Pass, but the constant rain on day 1 convinced me to stick to the pavedhighways, which resulted in more miles and additional climbing up to Lost Trail and Chief Joseph Passes.

Critter sightings included two young, mule deer bucks, abeautiful fox, a common snipe, great blue and other herons, an American baldeagle, ospreys, various other raptors, sand hill cranes, a hummingbird, abeaver that crawled onto the bank of the…wait for it…Beaverhead River and eventwo examples of the one species of American white pelican that is native to the state.

It’s a small world. The penultimate night on the road I campedat the same location as Adventure Cycling’s supported Cycle Montana trip. Theleader of that trip, along with three participants, had all been participantson ACA’s 2010 Cycle Vermont Trip which I participated in.
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Awesome scenery. Thanks for posting. Another reason to visit Montana (in addition to seeing my sister who lives there).
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
Photos from my last month’s eleven-day, 545 mile loop tourout of Missoula, MT:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/105349603@N05/albums/72157667672266654
Beautiful; one pic has "scenic byway" sign which seems pretty redundant. & it's not everywhere that one can find a good deal on goats.
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Beautiful; one pic has "scenic byway" sign which seems pretty redundant.
Yeah. It's part of the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. Up until '08 or so it was unpaved. I saw over 15 riders who I believe were competing in the Great Divide race. Most of them were on their way up the nearly 30 mile descent I was coming down.
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A couple weeks ago I took a 3-day mini-tour into Canada to test my rig.

Day 1

Aimed to head alongside I-5 into British Columbia.

Early in the day, on Cedardale Road in Mount Vernon (Mt Baker is visible in background):



Shortly after taking that photo, I had a flat in front. The Caldera CST was a pretty cheap tire and seemed to be giving out... I went ahead and replaced it with a gatorskin at the next LBS.

Decided to hop on Chuckanut Drive to get from Burlington to Bellingham. Reasonably scenic, saw other bicycle tourers using the route.



Finished the day in Surrey BC.

Day 2

Left my camping stuff behind to try out just panniers (credit card touring build?) for the day. Not having the eight pounds of camping gear way up high eliminated a shimmy that I'd had on day 1, which had kicked in if I shifted my weight forward.

I decided I was going to have lunch in Victoria on Vancouver Island, so I headed off toward the ferry at Tsawwassen.

Tsawwassen has a couple of boat terminals jutting way out into the water; from the ferry terminal you can see a cargo ship terminal.



After having some tasty curry in Victoria, I headed back toward the ferry. The coast of Vancouver Island can be quite pretty, here's the beach in Sydney (Mt Baker visible, again; Baker was dominant pretty constantly on the skyline of this tour).



On the ferry at Swartz Bay, waiting to return to Tsawwassen (Mt Baker once again visible):



I again spent the night in Surrey.

Day 3

More or less retraced my steps south.

In a gamble to dodge some chipseal that I'd experienced on the way north, after crossing the US border, I stayed on I-5 until Bellingham. (This is the last Baker image I promise):



Still got blasted by some headwinds. They got less bad farther south.

Southbound on the Puget Sound coast hills of Chuckanut:



Overall went pretty smoothly. I did feel like dual pedals would have been nice; after getting home, I stopped at an LBS to switch my pure SPD pedals with some M324s.

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March 12/13/14 -- We did a bit of a hub-and-spoke tour up in Northern Tasmania.

The trip had a purpose ... we were checking out roads for some events we're organising coming up in October. We've done quite a bit of riding up in that area, but hadn't ridden a few of the roads we were considering using, so that's what we rode this time. We also took note of facilities available along the way.

All up, 150 km.
I finally got some photos from that trip done ...





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Wisconsin bike tour

I rode about 360 miles in Wisconsin this June during a hub-and-spoke tour based out of New Glarus, WI. We alternated days on the roads and rail-trails over the week. Beautiful weather as well as scenery, and there were lots of great places to eat and drink in the area. My favorite ride involved a road ride to Mount Horeb, where he jumped onto the Military Ridge trail into Madison, and then back to New Glarus on the Badger State trail, about 58 miles total. I was riding my early 80s Specialized Sequoia all week, but I swapped wheelsets depending on whether we were riding on roads or trails each day.
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Just booked one-way travel on Amtrak's Vermonter from Philly to Brattleboro, VT for a relatively short tour mileage-wise back home to Philly starting in September. Planning to pass through Deerfield, where I went to high school. Once I reach N. Canaan, CT I will follow ACA's Atlantic Coast route through Hyde Park, the Schwangunks the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and down the river most of the way home.


Looking forward to experiencing the Vermonter's new, roll-on bike service, the charge for which was $20. Total cost was $96. Earlier in the year Amtrak really loused up getting me home from NYC. I complained and was given a $100 transportation voucher so things worked out nicely. There is a campground about 4 miles south of Brattleboro, but I don't trust the train to be on time so I think I am going to book a hotel in town for the first night. Scheduled arrival is 5 p.m. Don't want to end up riding to the campground in the dark.
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13770430_1247680441911280_5827742972269674878_n.jpgJust came back from a NH tour around Lake Winnipesaukee in NH, rode from my house which is north of Boston, MA. 226 miles over 4 days, plenty of hills and heat. Checked out some rail trails , dirt roads and paths too. Connected some single track as well. The term " road" varies widely in NH. Pond swimming is great at the end of the day, as well as some cold brews. Hammock, camp stove as well as bug net were put to use.

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In early July I did a six-day tour around the Cascades here in the Seattle region.

Day 1

To get Eastbound across the Cascades, I took the North Cascades Highway, a route that everyone said was quite scenic. On day 1 my goal was to get to Colonial Creek Campground, roughly at the base of the pass.

Right after getting on the highway, in Rockport:



You'll notice I have a 2L bottle strapped to the bars. This is for day 2; there's a big stretch where there's no way to fill up.

As the foothills started turning to mountains:



Day 2

Pass day! There's a water system on the west side of the pass controlled by Seattle City Light, and it's quite beautiful. There are lots of views of the vibrant blue lakes from several altitudes. Here's a view from a bridge right as I left Colonial Creek Campground:



Smaller gears would have been nice. The granny on this 70's triple is around 30 inches! D:
I didn't bottom out too badly, though. Managed to basically keep the pedals turning without exploding my knees.

Up and up and up and up and up...



At the top of the pass there's a wonderful overlook. You can see several beautiful mountains, and you can look down at the highway on the east side. It takes a funky turn after the summit and cuts straight down this huge gorge:



The descent is shorter than the ascent, even without considering the fact that I was going several times faster. Covered about 15 miles in half an hour, and then found myself on flat ground. I stopped for the night in Twisp.

Day 3

This was the long day. I decided I wanted to at least get to Wenatchee, but would rather get to Leavenworth, about 110 miles away.

So, after breakfast, I set out south along the Methow River valley...



...and discovered that today was going to be a day of constant headwinds. About 10 miles before reaching Pateros, where the Methow River flows into the Columbia, I found another tourist headed in the same direction. Each of us did a five-mile pull.
But at Pateros, he split off east, and I went south, along Highway 97 and the Columbia River.

Below is an image of Pateros. The Methow flows in under the bridge on the left side, and the big river is the Columbia.



Shortly after Pateros, I got hit by a raincloud, so I threw a garbage bag over my camping gear as a makeshift dry bag.

Eventually, Highway 97 splits into two versions of itself, one on each side of the Columbia. I decided to take the "alternate" variant, as it went through Chelan, which I hadn't been through before.

Shortly after getting on 97 Alt:



Eventually, I saw Wenatchee looming in the distance. You see it coming as this big presence sprawling up a distant slope. I still had a little gas in the tank and nothing was hurting very badly, so after making my southbound journey, I turned west onto Highway 2 toward Leavenworth. Which got me nicely out of the headwinds.

I hadn't been to Leavenworth in a long time, so I stopped at a burger joint which I remember being quite good: Heidelburger.

nom nom nom



Burger was just as good as I remembered.

Was feeling very done after the riding, so I grabbed a room at a hotel.

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Day 4

From Leavenworth, I headed west up Chumstick Highway to visit Lake Wenatchee, another place I hadn't been to in a long time. Here's a view along Chumstick:



The little shop on the beach at Lake Wenatchee apparently still exists, so I grabbed some ice cream and enjoyed the view for a while.



But this was a side journey. To get back across the mountains, I was going to take Snoqualmie Pass, which meant heading back to Leavenworth and then heading south. After stopping in Leavenworth for lunch, I took off south over Blewett Pass:



After Blewett, I headed into Cle Elum at the base of Snoqualmie Pass, where I spent the night.



Day 5

Snoqualmie pass is a pretty low-altitude pass, only 3000 feet, and Cle Elum is at nearly 2000 feet. So crossing the pass from the east side barely feels like a pass. But, they decide to throw one challenge at you to partially make up for it: eternal construction along Lake Keechelus requires that bicycles be diverted from the highway. You have to take the Iron Horse Trail instead. It's gravel, and too loose to handle comfortably on 28mm tires. Eight miles of constant fishtailing aside, it was nice.



After getting back on the highway, it's a short climb to the top. The top itself was raining, but the descent dried me off:



I potentially had enough in me to make it home after the pass, but I instead decided to spend the evening checking out the town of Carnation.

Day 6

Now I had just a pleasant 50-mile ride back home. I got up early, and headed out along the beautiful Snoqualmie Valley Trail.



Halfway home, I'd reached a city I frequent, and I was about to stop for coffee... when I saw a group of 3 cyclists going by, one of whom I both knew and had chatted with the day I took off. He saw me too, and stopped. We were all going in the same direction, so I hopped in.

Along the way, we came across a further two cyclists we knew, also heading in the same direction. One of them was on a loaded touring bike, headed for the North Cascades Highway to start on a ride very similar to one I was just finishing!

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Beautiful looking ride. I notice most of your highways have a paved bike lane, something we lack here in Ontario Canada. So much more enjoyable for riding.
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Brattleboro, VT to Philly in the books. For some reason, my crappy computer died the first day of the trip despite working the previous week, but I think the total mileage, including my grocery run on my day off, was around 400.


Brattleboro, VT-Westhampton, MA
Westhampton, MA-E. Canaan, CT
E. Canaan, CT-Staatsburg, NY
Staatsburg, NY-Cuddebackville, NY
Cuddebackville, NY-Worthing State Forest, NJ.
Day off
Worthington State Forest, NJ-Upper Black Eddy, PA
Upper Black Eddy, PA-Philadelphia


Very nice trip. Rented a canoe on my day off at Worthington State Forest and paddled the Delaware River for a couple of hours.


Little rain on Days 1 and 2, but nothing major.


Day 2 featured more than 4000' of climbing, the overwhelming majority of which came in the first 35 miles. Ride With GPS shows double digit grades in places. Was treated to some vocal coyotes that night while camping in northwestern Connecticut after soaking in the campground's hot tub.


Have downloaded the photos and will try to post a link to an album later this week.
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I did a quick three day tour on the Pyrenees this August. Here's the track Wikiloc - ruta Volta cicloturista per Girona i la Catalunya Nord - Llafranc, Catalunya (España)- GPS track
This route links several shorter ones and attempts to have both gravel and tarmac, with easy, family-friendly sections and strenuous climbs. I took a detour on day two to enjoy a backroad I've been told about, which meant three extra climbs, one of them pretty wicked, but terrific views and funny descents.
Day one: Llafranc-Olot (116 km give or take). Most of it is a newly built smooth gravel road, the kind you could undertake on a comfortable road bike without much trouble. Most of it was either flat, or gently ascending, though it had a shortish climb towards the end. The scenery started with Mediterranean shrubs and forests and sowed fields, and little by little, attitude made itself present, ending on a green and lush volcanic valley.

Gravel roads


Girona


Dormant volcano.

DAY TWO (Olot-Sant Llorenç de Cerdans. 90 km, give or take, 2,400m climbed).
I started early that day, with a hilly backroad in mind. The first short climb brings me to the village of Oix, after which it only gets more interesting. Five km climbed and other as many descended to Beget (a beautiful medieval hamlet right in the middle of nowhere), 13 km of hellish climb (and what was a rather warm day at that point), a short descent and then another equally long, but flatter climb to the Coll d'Ares (about 1,500m high, marking the administrative border between the Spanish and French states). It's funny how the scenery changed from side to side of the mountain during the climbs: you could go from chesnuts to holly oaks and soon enough to Alpine fields. A wheeeee-inducing descent later, I'm in the town of Prats de Molló, and I consider what to do. I'm rather tired, but it's just 16:30, so I go on. A few villages and short but steep climbs later, I'm in the beautiful Sant Llorenç de Cerdans. I go about asking for a place to crash in, but no hotels and "a guy who rents rooms" is not there, so I end up being hosted by the kindest possibly family (if you're reading this, thank you very much). The mother's from the Canary islands and the father from that little village. They live in Tortosa, in the south of Catalonia, but they've come up for the village patron festivals. I'm sharing the house with the grandfather, who has a flat to himself and three teenaged nephews from several parts of France. I devour dinner and hit the sack early.


Beget.


Me at the Coll d'Ares.



High Pyrenees


French roads are beautiful. Full stop.

Day Three (About 115 km, more or less. Forgot to check altitude gain, but not likely too much).

Started early (at 0630), and headed for the last section of more or less serious climb. Soon, I cross the border and I'm back into Catalonia. The road is surprisingly wide and well-maintained so I enjoy the descent at its fullest. Once I reach the first major village, I decide to take a detour on a gravel road that brings me along a dam: the forest is 100% Mediterranean again: pines, shrub and cork oaks. A few ups and downs later, I cross a national road and get down to a formerly marshy plain that will get me home soon enough. I go about crossing towns (for some reason, I start remembering old sayings about them, usually about how marshy and unhealthy they were "If you don't love your daughters that much, marry them in Albons or Bellcaire, and if you'd like them dead soon, marry them in Viladomat" or plainly random as "the vicar of Albons has hairy balls"), streams and endless corn fields until I get to a town called Torroella de Montgrí, where a huge chunk of my family lives at the right time for lunch. A few calls later, I'm eating with a grandmother and a few uncles and cousins, most of them also on holiday. After a well earned siesta, a last quick stretch brings me back to Llafranc, where I started.


Boadella dam.


The Montgrí massif. Using your imagination you should see a sleeping bishop here.


Bellcaire d'Empordà. One of many medieval towns around.
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Nice photos of the Pyrenees tour, stone houses are impressive.
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Originally Posted by pedalsimotxilla
I did a quick three day tour on the Pyrenees this August.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
Brattleboro, VT to Philly in the books. For some reason, my crappy computer died the first day of the trip despite working the previous week, but I think the total mileage, including my grocery run on my day off, was around 400.


Brattleboro, VT-Westhampton, MA
Westhampton, MA-E. Canaan, CT
E. Canaan, CT-Staatsburg, NY
Staatsburg, NY-Cuddebackville, NY
Cuddebackville, NY-Worthing State Forest, NJ.
Day off
Worthington State Forest, NJ-Upper Black Eddy, PA
Upper Black Eddy, PA-Philadelphia


Very nice trip. Rented a canoe on my day off at Worthington State Forest and paddled the Delaware River for a couple of hours.


Little rain on Days 1 and 2, but nothing major.


Day 2 featured more than 4000' of climbing, the overwhelming majority of which came in the first 35 miles. Ride With GPS shows double digit grades in places. Was treated to some vocal coyotes that night while camping in northwestern Connecticut after soaking in the campground's hot tub.


Have downloaded the photos and will try to post a link to an album later this week.

Update: Some photos:


https://www.flickr.com/photos/105349603@N05/albums/72157670896460903

(Click on the first image and advance manually to read the captions.)
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Very pretty & bucolic & great photos; I'm not a photo expert but curious what type camera you used, guessing an SLR? Road sign of bike tumbling on bridge was kinda funny though I suppose a lot of folks unfortunately did crash before the sign was put up. In Montreal there used to be a huge bridge with long expansion joints that popped out of nowhere, was easy for non-local tourists like me to get wheel damage.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
Photos from my last month’s eleven-day, 545 mile loop tourout of Missoula, MT:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/105349603@N05/albums/72157667672266654



The route with campground listed:

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/14890942

I had planned to take a rest day the 5th day butended up doing a 23 mile out and back ride from my two-night overnight locationof the cyclist-only campground in Twin Bridges. Nice weather except for 15miles of rain at the end of the first day and rain all night in camp, a coupleof incidents of hail on the second day and a thunderstorm on the penultimateday. One unplanned indoor stay in Jackson on day 2 because the hot springs lodgethat allows camping was not yet open on Thursday and it was really cold and windy out. Planned motel stay in Butte.


Cooked most dinners.

The route incorporated over 70 milers of gravel/dirt roads,including 30 miles of beautiful Rock Creek Rd. and 23 miles of hill, rough, desertedMelrose Rd. where all I could here was the wind and other sounds of nature. Ihad planned to do about 20 additional miles of gravel in the form of unpavedGibbons Pass, but the constant rain on day 1 convinced me to stick to the pavedhighways, which resulted in more miles and additional climbing up to Lost Trail and Chief Joseph Passes.

Critter sightings included two young, mule deer bucks, abeautiful fox, a common snipe, great blue and other herons, an American baldeagle, ospreys, various other raptors, sand hill cranes, a hummingbird, abeaver that crawled onto the bank of the…wait for it…Beaverhead River and eventwo examples of the one species of American white pelican that is native to the state.

It’s a small world. The penultimate night on the road I campedat the same location as Adventure Cycling’s supported Cycle Montana trip. Theleader of that trip, along with three participants, had all been participantson ACA’s 2010 Cycle Vermont Trip which I participated in.

Awesome. Great pictures! It doesn't get much better than Montana. I see you got close to Norris. Did you happen to get to the hot springs there? My wife and I soaked there last summer. Got to watch pinyon jays and drink beer while enjoying the springs.
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Originally Posted by Pemetic2006
Awesome. Great pictures! It doesn't get much better than Montana. I see you got close to Norris. Did you happen to get to the hot springs there? My wife and I soaked there last summer. Got to watch pinyon jays and drink beer while enjoying the springs.
Thanks. I went straight through Norris but didn't stop. It was early and it was supposed to be near 100 in Ennis that day s I wanted to keep moving. After I left Norris a fierce crosswind picked up. I was carrying my sleeping bag on my front rack platform to make room for food since there was nothing near my campground. The wind was so strong I had to stop and put the sleeping bag in a rear pannier because I was getting blown around.
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A few pics from riding the Katy Trail last week.

brother in law's bike on the right with homemade bags. I tried rear bags up front with a compression dry bag atop the rear rack. Worked great.


sunset on the Missouri River at Cooper's Landing campground.


random older rural church. not religious, but ive always loved older rural churches.


morning fog in the Missouri River valley.

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