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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.

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 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.

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