Cycling Sojourner: A Guide to the Best Multi-Day Tours in Washington

Cycling Sojourner: A Guide to the Best Multi-Day Tours in Washington

by Ellee Thalheimer

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781621067344
Publisher: Into Action Publications
Publication date: 05/01/2014
Series: People's Guide Series
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Ellee Thalheimer is a Portland-based publisher, author, freelance writer and speaker. Her books include Lonely Planet's Cycling Italy , the Cycling Sojourner multi-day bike travel series for Oregon and Washington, and Hop in the Saddle: A Guide to Portland's Craft Brew Scene, by Bike. She has contributed to a number Lonely Planet guidebooks and written for various publications, including Alaska Airlines Magazine , 1859 Magazine , the BBC and Adventure Cyclist Magazine.The mission of her imprint Into Action Publications is to transform the world by making bike travel accessible and inspiring adventure.

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The introduction to the Okanogan Chapter

Heading up to the northeastern corner of the state, we didn't know what to expect, especially because there is very little information out there about bike touring in the area. What we found was some of the the best riding in the state. Between the minimal traffic, incredibly diverse and dramatic landscapes, good roads, authentic experiences with locals, and amicable drivers, the Okanogan blew out socks off.

Even though we toured during the prime riding season of June, we saw only a couple other cyclists, which proved that this region is still under the radar. Is it the far-flung rural locale that prevents people from riding here? Who knows. But dang, this is a delightful area to cycle tour.

We meandered through desert-like valleys scattered with sky-blue lakes and orchards. While heading into the Okanogan Highlands, we stayed on a working ranch that still uses traditional farming methods. Once in the mountains, we coasted through thick forest and splashed in alpine lakes. Along the way, we passed ghost towns and rustic fishing resorts that made me wish we had more days on tour to to dally, swim and hike.

Not so bad. I hope you get to see for yourself.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Letter to the Reader
Taste of Touring: Beginner tour from Seattle
Escape from Seattle: Riding the John Wayne Trail
San Juan Islands: Discovering Cascadia's Archipelago
The Olympic Peninsula: America's rugged northwest corner
Epic Washington: North Cascades Hwy to the Methow Valley
Walla Walla Ramble: Wine Tasting to Seas of Wheat
Pedaling the Palouse
The Okanogan: Overlooked northern reaches
Northeast DIY
Packing and gear list

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