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Outdoor adventures, mostly gravel rides, but not always

Icicle Creek Road

A straightforward out-and-back on a steady, but shallow, climb along a roaring river

Morning light on the mountains

I rarely ride out-and-backs and when I do it’s usually a hill climb. The ride up Icicle Creek Road isn’t as impressive as Hurricane Ridge or Mt Baker but it offered an exceptional experience on an early morning ride.

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.

Leland Flyover

Gravel and single-track in the foothills of the Olympics and on the Miller Peninsula in Clallam County

An old barn with the Olympic Mountains the background

Unseasonably warm weather encouraged a discovery ride through the Olympic National Forest and through the trails of Miller Peninsula State Park. I had a large gap on my personal heatmap for the Miller Peninsula and sought to fill it with this ride.

Skagit Valley

An easy tour of flat and windswept farm fields covered in tulips and daffodils with barns galore

white roads and yellow flowers

Every April Skagit Valley fields explode in brilliant colors thanks to the very special crops of daffodils and tulips. We arrived during peak daffodil season, just ahead of the multi-colored landscape generated by the tulips.

Vashon & Maury Islands

A cafe ride of rolling hills, quiet roads, and well-maintained trails on two island of Puget Sound

Switchback down to the water from Point Robinson

Blue skies and warming temperatures promised ideal riding conditions so I chose to venture to Vashon Island to tour the farms, coffee stands, and bakeries. I started with a route from the Seattle International Randonneurs, 2020 WTS #9: Vashon Island, and modified it slightly to add some gravel and a trip through Dockton Forest, both of which turned out to be great additions to the route.

#Festive500

Rapha's annual winter challenge to ride 500KM in the eight days between Christmas Eve Day and New Years' Eve Day

Waiting

I’m a huge fan of Rapha’s annual #Festive500 challenge. The challenge rules are simple: ride 500KM in the 8 days between Christmas Eve and New Years' Eve, inclusive. I look forward to it every year because there’s something about riding in the cold, dark, wind, and rain which appeals to me.

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