Trip reports about some of our favorite places to play:

  • Cycling the North Cascades Highway July 13, 2018 By this time of year, I’ve usually cycled the North Cascades Hwy (WA State Hwy 20) out-and-back to Mazama at least twice. Unfortunately asthma has ...
  • Annette Lake Trail July 3, 2018 Sad to say, as far as area hikes go, I tend to replay my “greatest hits” list over and over. I’ve lived in the Pacific ...
  • The Double Grind | Trombley Begins July 2, 2018 In this episode of The Double Grind Michael and Craig chat with Seattle-area gravel veteran Robert Trombley about Dirty Kanza, gravel and endurance rides, and ...
  • Chelan Century Challenge 2018 June 25, 2018 The Chelan Century Challenge is one of the best event rides in Washington state: –the Chelan Rotary does a great job hosting and supporting the ride –the ...
  • Three Views of King County June 22, 2018 I’ve never been a fan of the area’s multi-use trails. My disdain is mainly the result of undesirable experiences on the Burke Gilman Trail between ...
  • Adventure Cycling in the Snoqualmie Forest March 25, 2018 Although there has been niche interest in gravel cycling in the Northwest since the mid-2000s, the subdiscipline is experiencing a boom in interest as riders ...
  • Destination: Mt. Bachelor Ski Area March 2, 2018 Located about 20 miles west of Bend and Sunriver, Mt. Bachelor is THE place in Oregon for serious skiers and boarders. Mt. Bachelor is a volcano ...
  • Ellen Lavoie OKTs the JWT January 20, 2018 Ellen Lavoie has always been a “body in motion.” Growing up in rural New England she loved to play in the woods. She has also ...
  • Destination: Walla Walla November 3, 2017 Walla Walla is highly regarded for its sweet onions, wine and food, and for being a top-tier cycling destination. Although I’ve lived in the Pacific Northwest ...
  • Snoqualmie Valley Trail September 12, 2017 Earlier this year I joined a 100km “PruBaix” ride hosted by Michael Pruitt on the east side that connected the Tolt Pipeline Trail, the Snoqualmie ...
  • Destination: West Coast Trail September 6, 2017 Located along the southwest coast of Vancouver Island, the West Coast Trail (WCT) is called “the (backpacking) trip of a lifetime,” and it’s been on ...
  • Climbing Pinedrops Trail May 24, 2017 This unmarked trail in the Phil’s Trail system provides a great workout for legs & lungs. Nothing technical, just a good, fun climb. As mountain biking ...
  • Early Season Mountain Biking at Horse Butte April 4, 2017 With Central Oregon’s high elevation trails still under snow, Horse Butte has miles of trails for mountain bikers willing to brave a little weather to ...
  • Changing Weather, Shifting Gears March 21, 2017 This month’s rapid rise in temperatures transformed an epic snow season into a sorry mix of slush, ice, & Cascade concrete. Was I ready to ...
  • Meet the Bend Bella Cycling Club March 1, 2017 Central Oregon’s largest women’s cycling club emphasizes fun, skills, and confidence building — on the road and on mountain trails. When I lived in Vancouver, WA the local ...
  • Winter Wonderland at Shevlin Park January 31, 2017 Close to town, Shevlin Park is a hidden gem, perfect for a quick nordic ski or snowshoe outing. Just three miles outside of Bend, the trails ...
  • Cross Country Skiing at Virginia Meissner January 11, 2017 Well Worth Braving a Blizzard! After a perfectly stunning cross-country ski day on Thursday, my friends and I were pumped to get out the following day ...
  • Snowshoeing at Swampy Sno Park December 3, 2016 Tired of waiting for enough snow to downhill, I began this year’s season with a snowshoe outing at Swampy Sno Park, just outside of Bend, ...
  • Cascade Views from the Maston Trail November 15, 2016 When you live just a few miles from Bend’s Phil’s Trail complex, it’s hard to justify riding elsewhere. Packing up the bikes and driving to ...
  • Politics on the Trail November 6, 2016 I hastily deleted several incriminating emails before my husband and I grabbed our trusty mountain bikes and headed for the trail. Skies were blue and ...
  • West Orcas Island Lap November 27, 2015 As noble as REI’s #OptOutside marketing effort was today, for many of us it’s just preaching to the choir. We get it: When in doubt, ...
  • Ronde PDX April 21, 2015 This is one crazy ride! You may have heard of the infamous Ronde PDX, an annual ride in Portland that has developed a cult following. Developed ...
  • Cycling Hwy 20: First Tracks 2014 May 16, 2014 Highway 20, the North Cascades Highway, opened for the season Thursday May 8. As the date approached, cycling friends were buzzing with anticipation about the ...
  • Out and Back: Sequim to Hurricane Ridge April 2, 2014 Although I’ve lived in the Pacific Northwest since 1994, I’d never been to Hurricane Ridge via any mode of transport let alone on a bike. ...
  • 8 oz Cappuccino w/ a Mt. Constitution Chaser October 28, 2013 At 2,399′ and being the highest point in the San Juan Islands, Mount Constitution is an obvious and appealing objective for the ambitious cyclist. Ambition ...
  • The Mt. Erie Leg Shredder August 13, 2013 Inspired by ride #6 in Mike McQuaide’s 75 Classic Rides of Washington, we set our sights on Skagit County and the 1,273′ lump just south ...
  • Spirit Lake Highway to Johnston Ridge July 11, 2013 Compared to other “classic” rides in the Cascades, the out and back along the Spirit Lake Highway from Toutle to the Johnston Ridge Observatory (aka ...
  • North Cascades Highway: Let’s Do it Again May 12, 2013 With the weather window closing, a small group of us snuck out on Friday to cycle the North Cascades Highway. The crew included High Performance ...
  • Ragsdale & Walsh @ WA Pass May 5, 2013 An early-season out and back on Hwy 20 from Colonial Creek Campground to Mazama has been on my to-do list for quite some time, and ...
  • Flirting with the Yangtze: Video April 29, 2013 During March I spent about two weeks cycling in Yunnan Province, China. The first part of that adventure felt like we were flirting with the ...
  • Cycling Yunnan: Flirting with the Yangtze April 22, 2013 One of the main reasons I like travel to developing regions is to intentionally put myself “out of context” and, as much as possible, connect ...
  • Hwy 20 Roadkill October 16, 2012 At the start of this year’s cycling season, I had a long hit list of objectives–a four-day tour in Oregon, Hurricane Ridge, the Mt. Baker ...
  • Freshly Paved Colman Park August 15, 2012 I’m not going to claim that cycling fresh asphalt gives anywhere near the sensory pleasure of skiing fresh snow, but it is pleasurable nonetheless. Most ...
  • Oregon Cycling Project 2012 July 11, 2012 Last year I reposted a ride report from cycling buddy Thomas Shafer about a self-guided 4-day tour he organized in Oregon’s Wallowa region. I was ...
  • Cross-Training Weekend July 9, 2012 What an exceptional weekend to play! Saturday was a ~50 mile “urban cycling” outing from Seattle to Edmonds where we made the requisite bakery stop. The ...
  • South Sound Tour May 13, 2012 After suffering through an incredibly wet winter and spring, what an inspiring weekend for a bike ride! Bonus: The cycling options were almost overwhelming. ...
  • The Wallowa Wallop December 23, 2011 I’m fortunate to get to cycle with a diversity of folks-many of whom are sources of inspiration. I first met Thomas Shafer and Tom Mage ...
  • Owens Valley Climbing Project October 9, 2010 The Owens Valley is a remarkable place in what feels like the middle of nowhere–east of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and west of the White ...
  • High Pass Challenge 2010: Cycling the Mt. St. Helens Blast Zone September 16, 2010 The Cascade Bicycle Club’s High Pass Challenge has been on my hit list for quite a while, and I was finally able to fit it ...
  • Oregon Destination: The Old McKenzie Pass Hwy September 14, 2010 With all due respect to fans of cycling routes here in Washington state, some of the best cycling in the Pacific Northwest is in Lane ...
  • Cycling the North Cascades Highway July 29, 2010 Due to a schedule conflict I wasn’t able to join this year’s Marblemount to Mazama weekend ride hosted by the Redmond Cycling Club, so instead ...
  • Profile: Cyclos Montagnards January 10, 2010 Seattle has a fantastic diversity of cycling clubs and teams that can satisfy the cycling ambitions of any rider. When I settled in Seattle in ...
  • Marblemount to Mazama with the RCC July 8, 2009 During the weekend of June 27-28 I joined the Redmond Cycling Club (RCC) for their annual Mazama Ride over Hwy 20.
  • Destination: Santa Barbara’s La Cumbre Peak / Camino Cielo Loop March 28, 2008 Upon arrival in Santa Barbara, cyclists pedaling through the countryside enjoy views like this:
  • Santa Barbara Postcard March 23, 2008 Santa Barbara is probably the closest thing there is to a bicycle destination resort, at least on the west coast. Mild coastal weather, a wide ...