Bike Trip Summary #1

Posted on: September 20th, 2016 by tony No Comments

Took a four-month bike trip summer of 2016. I biked alone for three months (summarized below). I then met up with Kathy in Sacramento and she joined me for a one month bike trip. Here's a link to Kathy's trip
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1coloradonationalmonument

COLORADO NATIONAL MONUMENT
Grand Junction, Colorado. The day before I started my trip - 4/14/2016 - I flew Mpls to Denver then drove a rental car to Grand Junction.

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2drill

Western Colorado

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3fruita

MIKE THE HEADLESS CHICKEN
Fruita, Co --- I biked from Fruita to Moab, nearly 100 miles with no services. First night I camp just out of view of the road. Wind came up overnight and blew my tent down.

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4denali-daniels

DENALI DANIELS
at the hostel in Moab, Ut. Denali cooks at the hostel when he's not traveling and photographing national parks across the country.

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5arches

ARCHES NATIONAL PARK
I hung out in Moab for four days. Camped at the Lazy Lizard Hostel - $8/night - showers and kitchen access.

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6sign-by-moab

BACKROADS NEAR MOAB
Biked dirt roads from Moab to Green River, Utah. Camped in Green River then Hanksville.

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7camp-3

CAPITAL REEF NATIONAL PARK
Hiked and camped in the park.

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8capitolreef

CAPITAL REEF NATIONAL PARK

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9bike-snow

TORREY, UT
Holed up in a cabin. $26/night for two nights until the snow melted. Then biked over a 9,000 foot pass to Boulder.

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91utah-camp

ESCALANTE

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92bryce-camp

UTAH - SOMEWHERE

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93brianshead

BRIAN HEAD SKI AREA

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94breakfast

NEAR BRIAN HEAD

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95petroglyphs-parwan-utah

PAROWAN
Petroglyphs. Spiritual center of the world.

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96budlight

TRASH
In Utah and Nevada I saw hundreds of beer bottles in the ditches. Mostly Bud Light. I understand people like to throw bottles at highway signs to see them break.

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97bikeinutah

UTAH

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98cow-sign

A SIGN IN UTAH

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99horns-nv

ANTLERS

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991wind

WIND POWER

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992flower

DESERT FLOWERS

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994hwy-50

US 50 LONELIEST ROAD IN AMERICA
Near Ely Nevada

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993austin-nv

STILL ON US 50

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995virginia-city

VIRGINIA CITY
The ride across Nevada was hot and shadeless. Virginia City was higher and a bit cooler.

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996tahoe

LAKE TAHOE

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997tahoe-camp

WILD CAMPING NEAR LAKE TAHOE

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998camp

LAKE TAHOE

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999hwy88

SILVER LAKE
Biked down California 88 toward Sacramento. Beautiful.

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9991chandostacos

CHANDOS TACOS
Hung out with Chris and Alia in Sacramento for a few days.

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9992chris-tony

HEADING NORTH
Chris rode with me for half a day toward Yuba City.

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9993lunch

LUNCH
Or could be dinner - I ate a quite a bit of peanut butter. Protein.

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9994edding

NEAR REDDING, CA

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9995trinity2

TRINITY WILDERNESS IN NORTHERN CA

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9996trinity-alps

TRINITY ALPS
Big climb and a full day glide down along the Salmon River.

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9997trinity

MORE TRINITY WILDERNESS
Some say this is the longest single lane road in the US. Beautiful and quiet. Camped in the woods and hardly saw a soul.

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9998salmon-river

MIGHT BE THE SALMON RIVER
I biked over Bald Hills to the California coast. Then Up the coast to Washington State. Most people bike north to south on the coast to take advantage of the wind. Regretfully, not me. I would start biking at daybreak to get some miles in before the breeze picked up.

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9999cape-blanco

CAPE BLANCO
Many state parks in California and Oregon have Hiker/Biker campsites. These are community spaces where no reservations are needed. And it's just $5/person. Includes a shower. Cape Blanco is the the furthest point west in the contiguous United States. High above the ocean, breezy, cool, and usually foggy.

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99991newport-or

NEWPORT, OR

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99992astoria

ASTORIA, OR
I bike across the Astoria bridge. 4.5 miles of narrow-shouldered, logging-trucked terror.

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99993ilwacowashington

ILWACO, WASHINGTON<br/>I arrived at this tiny town in SW Washington early on a Saturday morning. Artists were setting up for a fair.

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99994lighted-jacket

IN SEATTLE AREA
I hung out with friends Steve and Natalie and my cousin Bill (who took me to a spectacular restaurant overlooking the sea.) For part of a Burning Man project Steve made these lighted jackets (they are programmed to flash, and change colors ---- skip it, you would have to see it live. We walked their dog in these getups.

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99995churchas-gunshop

GUN SHOP MADE FROM A CHURCH

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99996ketchikan

KETCHIKAN
Took a ferry from Seattle to Alaska with long lost cousins Kathy and Bob + Kathy's husband, Dan. Hung out with my cousin Bob for a week. Stayed in his condo right in town.

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99997deer-mountain-view

DEER MOUNTAIN
Bob and I hiked to the top of this mountain and looked out over the harbor.

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99999creek-street

CREEK STREET
All brothels (over 30) were forced to move to one area of Ketchikan along the creek, a hundred years ago. Now they are gift shops and cafes.

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999991totem

TOTEMS
In Ketchikan

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999992fish

FISH
I did not catch it. Bob and I were just hanging out on the docks and a fisherman came in with his catch.

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999993bob-boat

BOB'S BOAT
We boated to the airport on Bob's  boat and even camped overnight near an island.

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999994bob-dinghy

BOB'S LITTLE BOAT
We patched a hole, got the motor running and took it out for a spin in the harbor.

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999996rainer-sign

BACK IN SEATTLE
Flew from Alaska to Seattle. Here is an old beer sign I saw while biking through South Seattle.

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999997dogsonvashon

DOG SHOW
Stayed with friends John and Kim in Seattle. Got to play with the dogs.

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999998seattle-trail

BIKE TRAIL
I felt like I was in the rainforest on this bike trail east of Seattle.

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999999snowqualmiefalls

SNOWQUALMIE FALLS
I was told to check it out. Only a mile out of your way. I'm glad I did.

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9999991columbia-river

SCENIC HWY 30
Along the Columbia River.

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9999992oregon-falls

MULTNOMAH FALLS
Also on Scenic 30. This falls is the most visited natural attraction in Oregon.

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9999993presrock

PRE'S ROCK
I got to see a couple days of action at the Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene, Or. This is my cousin Bill, who told me about the event and brought me up to see the place Steve Prefontaine crashed his car.

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9999994umpqua-river3

UMPQUA RIVER
A beautiful whitewater river in southern Oregon.

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9999995covered-bridge

COVERED BRIDGE
Near Cottage Grove, OR

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UMPQUA RIVER VALLEY

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UMPQUA RIVER VALLEY

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9999998olympictrials

OLYMPIC TRACK AND FIELD TRIALS
In Eugene. I got to see hammer throw, shot put, steeple chase, hurdles, 5,000 meter, 200 meter, long jump. It was a blast.

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9999999oregon-mountain-road

HILLS NEAR COTTAGE GROVE, OR

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99999991burneyfalls

BURNEY FALLS STATE PARK

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99999992trump

NEAR GRAEAGLE<br/>The store owner says this sign is pro Trump. I just had to ask.

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