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Colorado Adventure Day Eleven: Zootown

I talked with our camp host, Charles, this morning. He’s a great guy who is absolutely passionate about the best places to travel and camp in Montana. He had some fantastic suggestions for roads to ride and no places to go. Specifically he suggested we get up to Glacier. We’re going to have to make our way back to Montana for more traveling. There’s just so much to see and we didn’t have enough time to see it. Continue reading “Colorado Adventure Day Eleven: Zootown”

Colorado Adventure Day Six: Bear Lake to Moab and all the In Between

NMBL and i slept well at bear lake. It was warmer than the night before and I didn’t freeze my hands packing up. We were on the road by 7:00 am and into Evanston Wyoming in about an hour. It was a nice ride down from Bear Lake. We stopped at Anna’s on Main for coffee and noms. We had an amazing sweet empanada. So delicious! It was made with kind of a shortbread crust. Took our time, recharged our devices, got some emailing done, and got back on the road heading towards southern Utah… though we had to ride the Interstate for a bit.  Continue reading “Colorado Adventure Day Six: Bear Lake to Moab and all the In Between”

Colorado Adventure Day Five: Ketchum and Beyond

We woke with the birds this morning. They were probably chirping madly to get warm! It was cold. There was frost on my bike cover. I’ll check the calendar but I was sure we were in July.

Our camp was struck quickly and made our way into Ketchum, home of the Sun Valley film festival. Starbucks, wifi, coffee. Outfitters.Socks and long underwear. Continue reading “Colorado Adventure Day Five: Ketchum and Beyond”

Colorado Adventure Day Four: Another Wrong Turn

Both of us woke up this morning completely refreshed. We had our best night sleep night’s sleep yet. The Boise National Forest along the north arm of the Payette River is beautiful. It reminds me a lot of the Fraser Canyon in BC… only narrower.

We struck camp and headed north on the ID-55 looking for the turnoff to get to the ID-21. Passed through Cascade and McCall, had a great lunch in McCall, got to a junction for the ID-95. The 55 ended there but no 21. We had gone too far north. And we lost about 2 hours doing it. It turns out we should have turned off just north of Banks and had actually passed the turn-off the night before just prior to finding our campground.  Continue reading “Colorado Adventure Day Four: Another Wrong Turn”

Colorado Adventure Day Two: Back on Track 

Naches to Yakima was an easy go. We stopped for gas in Yakima and chatted with Mike a man I met  in  the  Arco parking  lot, asking first for directions and then discussing life in general. I looked over at NMBL for a second, felt something in my hand, and Mike had put $40 there! He had just won some money and wanted us to have breakfast on him. We paid it forward and tipped our waitress at Denny’s well. Thanks so much Mike! Continue reading “Colorado Adventure Day Two: Back on Track “

Colorado Adventure Day One: The Wrong Way! 

One of the problems with any sort of camping is the weather. Hammock camping, while easy to do compared to tenting, is still a pain when it’s raining. It started raining in Birch Bay sometime before dawn and it didn’t let up until well after we struck camp and left at 7:30am. We wanted to just get on the road rather than trying to make breakfast in the rain. We ended up eating in Ferndale at this quaint little place called The Cedars. The food was good and the coffee was welcome.

Back on the road, our goal was to get to the National Forest Service office in Enumclaw to pick up our America the Beautiful Interagency decal for one of the bikes. It’s for camping on a variety of Federal lands such as National Forests, BLM lands, and other Federal agency properties. It gives on loads of camping options across the US.  Continue reading “Colorado Adventure Day One: The Wrong Way! “

May Long Weekend – Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast: Part 2

Sunday morning we got up early, had breakfast, struck camp, and made the 5 minute ride to the ferry. We knew it wasn’t going to be a long day of riding since the ferry from Courtenay to Powell River would take up a chunk of the morning and we wanted to camp on Okeover Inlet, just across the peninsula from Lund. Plus we really didn’t want to be in a rush on this trip as it was all about enjoying the scenery. And that scenery was spectacular! The ferry trip alone was beautiful but what really made it was the Sunshine Coast Highway ride. Continue reading “May Long Weekend – Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast: Part 2”

May Long Weekend – Vancouver Island & The Sunshine Coast: Part 1

May 28, 2016, DES reporting.

N and I had an amazing trip on the Victoria Day long weekend this year. We decided to take four days and meander our way up Vancouver Island from Victoria to Courtenay and then down the Sunshine Coast from Lund back home in Vancouver. This was way more time than we needed but we wanted to have a relaxing trip, free of any deadlines or stress. It was definitely relaxing and stress free. We left Friday morning in time to catch the 9am ferry from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay on Vancouver Island. It’s a good thing we’re on Continue reading “May Long Weekend – Vancouver Island & The Sunshine Coast: Part 1”

Pac Northwest Day 4: Homeward Bound

March 28, 2016, DES reporting.

We woke up to ice on our bikes and tarps. Woke up might be the wrong turn of phrase. The cold kept both of us from actually having a good sleep. Fortunately neither of us was damp from the rain/ice as that would have made things worse. Being in a hammock was great but I was having issues with my under-quilt in particular and my feet were freezing as a result, even with wool socks and my good sleeping bag. Continue reading “Pac Northwest Day 4: Homeward Bound”

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