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Outdoor adventures, mostly gravel rides, but not always

Marin County All-Road

Two routes, two separate riding partners, and one great day of all-road riding in beautiful Marin County

Which way is up?

I had long wanted to ride in Marin, birthplace of mountain biking and constant location of adventures in my Strava feed.

Grand & Badger Valley

A spectacular loop hike of two valleys of meadows, lakes, and streams

Switchbacks leading up from Badger Valley

The smoke cleared so R. and I decided to return to Hurricane Ridge for a full-day loop of the Grand and Badger Valleys. I had last been to the area in 2013 so I was looking forward to a return trip and seeing some trails I had never covered or didn’t see because eight years ago we covered the trail in a complete fog whiteout.

Flying Wheels++

The Cascade Bicycle Club Flying Wheels course with the addition of two transport stages along 520

Flying wheels route

A group from Seattle I had toured around BI a year ago had been planning a ride of the Flying Wheels 100M route for a few months, being pushed off by a number of factors. Finally this weekend, albeit without perfect weather, we were able to ride the course. To mix it up, we opted to ride it backwards and, with inspiration from Jan from BQ, I rode two transport stages as well.

Icicle Creek Gorge

An easy loop around the Icicle Creek Gorge with a variety of water views

Rushing waters of the Icicle Creek

A nice morning loop around Icicle Creek with a variety of forest, hill, and water views.

Tyler Peak & Maynard Burn Loop

A short and steep loop to expansive views into the heart of the Olympics

Spectacular lunch spot on the false summit of Tyler Peak

With record breaking heat descending on the PNW, I sought relief in the mountains and took advantage of the snow melt to photograph wildflowers. I really enjoyed this loop and until recently it was not on my radar; nor others apparently because very few trip reports were available at the WTA.

Islands & Bridges

A tour of some of the islands and bridges of Kitsap and King county

The 520 bike lane

A departure from my usual farm and logging road riding, this loop offered a lot more city riding along with bridges and islands I had never visited on bike.

Gran Fondo Leavenworth

Located in the heart of the Washington Cascades, Gran Fondo Leavenworth is the perfect mix of pavement, Forest Service roads, and mega mountain passes

The climb up Swakane Road

I had signed up to ride GFL in 2020 but, like most events, it was cancelled so I eagerly awaited an opportunity to ride it when it was next scheduled.

Mountain Home

A gravel loop with sweeping views an easy ride from downtown Leavenworth

Wildflowers along the descent back to Leavenworth

Though this ride is short it packs a lot of awesome into its 20 miles. There are wildflowers, terrific gravel, great views, and abandon railroads. I was delighted with this loop.

Bon Jon Pass

A tour of the Olympics' forest service roads over Bon Jon Pass

Primitive Road

I’ve climbed Bon Jon before and with the great weather decided to have a crack at it again.

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