Category Archives: Bike Touring

Idaho-Montana Bike Tour: By The Days and Miles

Over the holidays I received the gift of free time, and spent a fair amount of it going through photos from Felkerino’s and my 2015 summer bike tour of Idaho and Montana. In retrospect, it appears we had a grand adventure.

While it was happening, our good times were interspersed with humbling moments and some formidable gravel sections we were  ill-prepared to ride. We rode them anyway, and now know to respect the granite sand-gravel of Idaho. Continue reading Idaho-Montana Bike Tour: By The Days and Miles

Giving Thanks for Long Rides: Jerry’s 2015 Coast to Coast Bike Tour

As we head into Thanksgiving, I thought I’d share a recent conversation with our buddy Jerry, who rode his bike coast to coast this year, beginning in Alaska, passing through Canada, and back into the United States until finally reaching his Washington, DC., home over nine weeks of riding. Continue reading Giving Thanks for Long Rides: Jerry’s 2015 Coast to Coast Bike Tour

Unexpected Letdown

Almost two weeks have passed since Felkerino and I were last turning our tandem wheels through Idaho and Montana. This bike tour, combined with my recent work travels, really helped me appreciate my Washington, D.C., home. Continue reading Unexpected Letdown

Day 11. Crouch to Boise, Idaho: Coming Full Circle

I’m wrapped in the good vibes of finishing our loop of Idaho with a brief foray into Montana. As you may have guessed if you read my previous post, we took the pavement today. Continue reading Day 11. Crouch to Boise, Idaho: Coming Full Circle

Day 10. Cascade to Crouch, Idaho: Taking Off the Training Wheels

Greetings from Crouch! It smells delicious here, like a sweet wildflower I don’t recognize. The dry air heightens my senses; the afternoon sky is pure blue, and there is no haze, anywhere. Continue reading Day 10. Cascade to Crouch, Idaho: Taking Off the Training Wheels

Day 9. McCall to Cascade: An Invitation to the Idaho Mountains

After days of roadside observation of the stand-offish peaks on our tour, Felkerino and I received an invitation to the mountains in the form of the Adventure Cycling Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route. And so we went. Continue reading Day 9. McCall to Cascade: An Invitation to the Idaho Mountains

Day 8. Riggins to McCall, Idaho: 50 Miles Up

Today Felkerino and I had a hard time getting our bike touring act together and ended up leaving Riggins at 9:30 a.m. Gasp! Continue reading Day 8. Riggins to McCall, Idaho: 50 Miles Up

Day 7. Kooskia to Riggins, Idaho

To make up for our 90-mile gradual downhill to Kooskia, we spent much of the following day climbing. Continue reading Day 7. Kooskia to Riggins, Idaho

Day 6. 135 Miles from Missoula, Montana to Kooskia, Idaho

After our layover day in Missoula, Felkerino and I rose early for a 135-mile day over to Kooskia, Idaho, via Lolo Pass. Continue reading Day 6. 135 Miles from Missoula, Montana to Kooskia, Idaho

Day 5. Adventure Cycling Headquarters

We are currently overnighting in Missoula, Montana, after a short mellow 50-mile day from Hamilton. Continue reading Day 5. Adventure Cycling Headquarters

Day 4. Lost Trail Pass into Montana

After three days of riding and fretting about my bike tour fitness, I’ve now decided that it’s a much better plan to focus on pedaling rather than worrying. This approach makes the day better. Continue reading Day 4. Lost Trail Pass into Montana

Day 3. Challis to North Fork, Idaho: Salmon River Serenade

Today’s episode in bike touring found Felkerino and I sidling along the Salmon River for most of the 82 miles we covered. Our route was via highway Idaho 93, but it was quiet except for the perpetual singing of the Salmon River. Now that’s the kind of highway noise I could get used to. Continue reading Day 3. Challis to North Fork, Idaho: Salmon River Serenade

Day 2. Pickup Truck Dreams in Idaho: Lowman to Challis

We began today with a quiet exit from Lowman, a town nestled between the mountains. As we rode I wondered how life would be if, in order to go anywhere, I had to climb thousands of feet away from home. Continue reading Day 2. Pickup Truck Dreams in Idaho: Lowman to Challis

Day 1. Riding Out the Bike Tour Kinks: Boise to Lowman, Idaho

It’s our first day touring Idaho and I already feel in the teeth of it all. After some urban trail riding out of Boise that took way longer than it should have due to our lack of familiarity with the area, we ascended away from town. Continue reading Day 1. Riding Out the Bike Tour Kinks: Boise to Lowman, Idaho

Letter from Jerry: 3500 Kilometers into Bike Touring Alaska to D.C.

As I write this, our friend is out on the road somewhere, pedaling steadily eastward. Jerry talked with me before he departed for his big cross-country bike tour, and you can read those thoughts here.

Now that Jerry’s been traveling for a few weeks, I thought it would be great to catch up with him and see how his travels are going. Thanks, Jerry, for sharing your progress with us, both here and through your Instagram (tenmetersfromthehut). 

Continue reading Letter from Jerry: 3500 Kilometers into Bike Touring Alaska to D.C.