Haven’t updated since getting back from the trip; short version is that four days into the adventure, just outside Cle Elum, Washington, my brother broke his bike frame right at the rear axle mount and we aborted the trip, taking the Greyhound bus back to Seattle for a couple of days there before coming home via Vancouver a week early.
It was still a great bike tour while it lasted, and the Iron Horse State Park/John Wayne Pioneer Trail section up and over Snoqualmie Pass through the Cascades is an amazing trail, well worth the effort it takes to get a fully loaded touring bike up and over the gravel trail!
The full set of photos so far can be found over on my Flickr account in the Long Way To Portland album.
Here’s a few selections!
Quick late night post to say I’m off on another bike adventure! Not as epic as last year’s European trip but more adventurous than going out to Salt Spring Island yet again!
My brother and I leave Saturday the 25th of July for Portland, OR, taking a long route, up and over the Cascade Mountains via Snoquomish Pass, to Yakima, then down to the Columbia River and back to Portland via the Columbia Gorge. We’ll end the trip with an Amtrak train ride back to Vancouver, BC to get home.
Posts from the road as I have wifi or pay the extra for a day of data usage on the phone, but here’s some maps:
First Half – Victoria to Yakima – overnights on Whidbey Island, Tolt-McDonald Park near Carnation WA, Lake Easton State Park, Ellensburg, and Yakima.
Second Half – Yakima to Portland – overnights in Yakima, Brooks Memorial SP, then several days of wandering down the Columbia Gorge with lots of camping choices.
We’ll end in Portland sometime around the 5th of August, spend a couple of days there drinking beer, eating donuts, and poking around, before taking Amtrak’s Cascades run back up to Vancouver, BC to meet our respective girlfriends and end the whole trip there.
It’s been a while since my last Europe photo post! Here’s a few photos from the eastern part of France, midway through our May-July 2014 bike tour.
Over on Flickr, I’ve got the entire European Bike Trip 2014 album, and country-specific albums (same photos, just organized by single country) for Austria, Germany, Switzerland and now France. What I put up here on the blog is only ever a selection of photos, please do check the entire collection out over on Flickr!
More to come!
Been a little while since my last photo post here. I’m still steadily plowing through the seven weeks of photos I took (nearly 3000…) and have finally reached the end of the German leg and gotten into Switzerland!
The entire collection is over on Flickr, and I’ve also divided it up by country. So far there’s Austria, Germany and Switzerland albums up, with France obviously still to come.
Just a few highlights below!
Above, a two-photo stitched panorama of the main tower of Ulm Cathedral.
Obermarchtal Cloister, one of the Catholic hostels we stayed in. Parts of the main building date back to 800 AD…
On a bridge over the Danube.
Schloss Sigmaringen is what happens when you take the basic idea of “castle on a rock” and dial it up ALL the way. It’s awesome.
You can tell you’re in Switzerland when the incredibly expensive coffee comes with a tiny Toblerone bar instead of a biscuit.
Lots more to come, I’m up to June 19th and the trip went until July 20th!