The month of MJ concludes like all good trilogies must… with a bang! No Ewoks in part three, but rather a game of Pedalshift Bicycle Tour Route Poker! Each of us chooses five bike tour routes for our “hand,” and then you get to choose who collected the best set. Read more
The Dittus family (aka #dirtbagfamily2019) grew by one recently, and there was no way they weren’t taking him on an adventure before too long. Tag along and learn all about bike touring with baby on board! Read more
Originally podcast December 22, 2014. In the summer of 2014, I took 6 weeks to ride the Pacific coast from Victoria, BC to the US-Mexico border. I recorded a 2-5 minute audio entry every day for the Tour Journals podcast to share the more detailed aspects of the ride, but always intended to edit and condense it into a more manageable length to share my Pacific Coast bike tour here.
In the second of a two-parter, it’s Pedalshift Tour Journals: Vol. 9: Olympic Peninsula! Join me and my trusty Brompton for 4 days of transit-aided bicycle touring from Washington, DC to Seattle to the Olympic Peninsula and wrapping things up in Astoria, Oregon. This week features a more-challenging-than-expected short mileage day, a visit to Kurt Cobain’s riverfront hangout, and a long bridge serving as a finish line.
In the first of a two-parter, I thought I’d bring Pedalshift Tour Journals: Vol. 9: Olympic Peninsula directly to The Pedalshift Project! Join me and my trusty Brompton for 4 days of transit-aided bicycle touring from Washington, DC to Seattle to the Olympic Peninsula and wrapping things up in Astoria, Oregon. This week features the machinations of getting from DC to a tent in the shadows of the Olympic Mountains (if there were, y’know… sun) and the first very soggy day of riding.
The Olympic Peninsula bike tour by Brompton shapes up with some snags to share with you all, complete with happy ending solutions. Plus, the second installment of the Pedalshift Beginners Series with James from NY, focusing on route planning and handling people who think you’re nuts for bike touring in the first place!
Recorded live before a (mostly) well-behaved studio audience, from Costa Rica, to Australia and across the United States! I unveiled my plans to bicycle Puget Sound by Brompton in a few weeks, including the crazy transit plans, the route, the campgrounds, the pack list and much more. Big thanks to everyone who participated live – we will do it again this spring!
Planning for a June tour… someplace… I stumbled upon a brand new tour option: the Eastern Express Route is an alternative eastern spur for the Trans Am route, starting in DC. It includes the C&O, the GAP and Katy trails and we chat with the person who did the heavy lifting (and cue sheet creation!) for this amazing new option.
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Eastern Express as another option? C&O->GAP-> and beyond. Hooks up with the Katy eventually. Hmmm…
Reached out to the originator to get him on the show!
The Interview: The Eastern Express Route with Frank Mortiz
Frank Moritz, is a veteran Adventure Cycling tour leader, instructor and board member, and completed the initial research to create an “eastern express route” addition to the legendary TransAmerica bike route. This new route provides a welcome option for TransAm cyclists to bypass the severe mountain climbs and nasty dogs that confront cyclists in southwestern Virginia, eastern Kentucky, and southern Missouri on the eastern half of the existing route. It also replaces three major high-altitude climbs in Colorado with one gradual and scenic climb to the Continental Divide. Amazingly, almost 600 of the 2,100+ miles of this route are on dedicated bike/pedestrian paths, towpaths, or rail-trails.
Your background in bike touring, including your work with ACA
Your thoughts on the Trans Am route as it currently is routed in the east
It’s one thing to develop an alternate route, but quite another to do ALL of the great work with cue sheets etc. for the Eastern Express… what motivated this?
What is the plan for the route – it feels like this is a “public beta” and you’ll be doing some refinements after comments this year.
What can Pedalshift listeners do to help with this process?
Any other recommendations that might be different from “the usual” routes out there in the US?
I hope you are well! I listened to a podcast where you where curious about from which countries your listeners are from. Well, I’m from Sweden (Stockholm) and I really enjoy listening to you. Keep up the good work! – Paula in Stockholm
Perhaps not too surprising… most of you are in the United States. All 50 states listen (even Wyoming – someone has to be last, but you’re beautiful and windy Cowboy State listeners!) and the top states are:
Oregon (wonder why?)
New York (Empire State!)
Illinois (biggest surprise?)
Texas (everything’s bigger)
UK (about 25% the US DLs)
Canada (about 7% – c’mon Canada!)
Ireland (my people! 1.3%)
Also hear from members of the US military who listened while stationed in Afghanistan and elsewhere… hey, if this dopey little show about riding bikes helped pass the time while you were serving, trust me when I say it is literally the least I can do.
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Mark Van Raam
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