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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

2017 Glacier NP Adventure RECAP #gravelgrinder #coffeeoutside @GlacierNPS

2017 Glacier National Park Adventure
Inspiration from a book claiming that only 3% of the US population has been on a train spurred discussion of a multi-modal trip using bikes, trains and cars. Last fall the discussions turned into a specific trip date, then logistics and reservations for trains, campgrounds, cabins and other rentals. In late June 2017 we headed to Glacier National Park. Here is our story in photos.

Two Medicine Lake

Train Trip: Roundtrip Chicago to Glacier NP
We drove to Chicago Union Station, parked the cars and moved all the gear, including bicycles, to the train for a 30 hour train trip to East Glacier Park. We handed the bikes to the baggage workers who hung the bikes in the baggage car. Only six bikes were allowed per train. Christina and I had a roomette sleeper car for the trip. Picked up the train in Whitefish, MT for the trip back. Photos of our roundtrip train ride on Amtrak are below.

Road Trip: Two Medicine
In East Glacier Park we picked up our rental car to carry gear and checked into the Traveler's Rest Lodge. Once we got settled we decided to drive up to Two Medicine to see the lake and waterfalls. Photos of our sightseeing trip are below.

Biking: East Glacier to Rising Sun
37 miles with 3200 ft climbing. We left East Glacier and headed northeast on 49 to 89. Climbed over multiple ridges and hit 6000 ft elevation twice. Lunch midway on top of the hill. The last downhill into St. Mary's was new chip and seal and we were passed by trucks and cars throwing gravel at us. Pit stop in St. Mary's for food and hydration and to regroup. Headwind on Going to the Sun Road to Rising Sun. We stayed overnight in a cabin at Rising Sun. Photos of our ride from East Glacier Park to Rising Sun are below.

Road Trip: Going to the Sun Road
Once off the bikes we headed up Going to the Sun Road to see the sights. We stopped at Wild Goose Island, Sunrift Gorge, Baring Falls. Going to the Sun Road was only open to cars to Jackson Glacier Overlook where we turned around. Photos of our sightseeing trip are below. 

Biking: Going to the Sun Road
42 miles with 3000 ft climbing. We headed out on bikes up Going to the Sun Road in hopes that Logan Pass was open. Indications from a lot of people was that the road was open. Along the way we stopped at Sunrift Gorge, St, Mary's Falls and continued past the road closure at Jackson Glacier. Craig saw a bear crossing the road! We stopped for lunch and coffee outside at Siyeh Bend where the wind was whipping around. The sun came out as we continued climbing to Logan Pass, The pass  at 6600 ft. was windy and overcast. We dropped down the other side for the 20 mile downhill to Agpar/Fish Creek. About a quarter a way down we stopped to see Bill Ferriot riding up from the other side. Doug Fisher and I rode together and lost the main group. We stopped at Lake McDonald Lodge looking for them and continued on only to have them catch up. Chris and I stayed at Apgar Village Lodge on McDonald Creek. The National Park Service opened the road to car traffic the next day. Photos of our ride from Rising Sun to Apgar/Fish Creek are below.

Road Trip: Waterton Lakes NP
Chris and I decided to drive up to Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada on our day off the bike. We saw a number of mountain goats at Goat Lick, Mt​. We passed through CA customs and headed into town. All Canadian parks are free to celebrate their 150th Anniversary. We took the scenic boat ride across the lake to Goat Haunt, MT. Upon arrival we had to check through US Customs at a picnic table. Then we hiked 6 miles roundtrip to Kootenai Lake crossing a number of streams. We stopped for photos and snacks before our return trip. On the boat ride we crossed the 49th Parallel signifying the boundary between US and Canada. We saw a bear on the shore and a bald eagle on the return trip. We had lunch in town and drove up through fields of wildflowers to Red Rock Canyon. After hiking around we went down into the small canyon. I took off my shoes cooled off in the mountain stream. Chris was able to pet a bear and I was scared. Photos from our sightseeing trip to Waterton Lakes NP are below.

Biking: Apgar to Polebridge
27 miles with 2300 ft climbing. We gathered everyone at Fish Creek Campground and headed up Inside North Fork Rd. which is closed to car traffic several miles from the entrance. Some of our group saw moose hanging out in a beaver pond. Two stream crossings were a fun challenge. A couple riding the three day bike packing loop from Whitefish were on the trail and we stopped to talk. Our group stayed in the North Fork Hostel and Chris and I slept in the Goat Chalet. Stopped into Polebridge Mercantile for snacks. After getting cleaned up we headed to Northern Lights restaurant for a great dinner. Some of our group stayed up late to watch stars. Photos of our ride from Apgar to Polebridge are below.

Biking-Polebridge to Whitefish
48 miles with 3200 ft climbing. We left the North Fork Hostel & Inn​ and headed to Polebridge Mercantile​ for breakfast and supplies. Half of our group headed back on the main route and I chose to ride the alternate route which took us up and over Red Meadow Pass at 5500ft. Before we hit the big climb we happened upon Larry who was in his 70's and was riding the entire Divide Route solo. We said goodbye and halfway up the climb a car honked at us. I turned to find it was my wife who decided to shadow us. We stopped for lunch at the top and Chris joined us. We left our remaining water for Larry. We bombed down the other side of the pass. As the route leveled out we ran into a group of bike campers from Japan. They were part of a story being developed by BICYCLING magazine​. Further down the mountain we stopped to talk to a couple who announced they were on an "engagement ride." He was waiting patiently for an answer while they camped that weekend. Off the mountain we hit pavement along the lake and ended the ride in Whitefish. We stayed at the Pine Lodge and Chris and I had dinner at 2nd Street Pizza. The next morning we boarded Amtrak back to Chicago. Photos from our ride from Polebridge to Whitefish are below.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Angry Pedestrian Blocks Cyclist As He Races Through Zebra Crossing

Video: How bicycles boosted the women's rights movement

From the video description: "The late 19th century inaugurated a period of bicycle mania in the U.S. In 1897 alone over 2 million bicycles were sold, one for about every 30 Americans. Early bicycles were unwieldy and required an enormous amount of strength to operate. But as the technology advanced and chain-powered “safety” bicycles came onto the scene, women flocked to bikes en masse as a new means of exercise and transportation. This new activity required a change in dress since the billowing skirts that were fashionable at the time were unwieldy and problematic. “Bloomers”, or baggy undergarments, were easier to cycle in and became common among women, inciting a political firestorm, enraging men who questioned the decency of women who were challenging norms and donning clothing they viewed as depraved. Bicycles not only gave women a new sense of independence, it also physically broadened their horizons, allowing them expanded mobility without needing to rely on men. These developments contributed to the fight for women’s equality and the passing of the 19th amendment giving women the right to vote, with Susan B. Anthony even going so far as to say that bicycles had 'done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world.' ”

Amtrak + Bike Trip to Ride Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier CAR FREE! @pathlesspedaled

Friday, February 17, 2017

Biketown YYJ @macklemore @RyanLewis #letsride

Biketown is a celebration of cycling in Victoria, BC. A parody of Downtown by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Biketown features the people and places that make Victoria the cycling capital of Canada.

Danny MacAskill vs. Kilimanjaro @Lezyne Exclusive Preview

Epic POV Descent - GCN Tackles Sa Calobra @gcntweet


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

An Open Letter: Together We Can Defend Our Public Lands @OIA

Outdoor industry CEOs joined OIA Executive Director Amy Roberts in signing this open letter urging President-elect Trump and Congress to keep public lands public. Read on to add your voice and amplify the message.
To our elected officials and those who value America’s great outdoors:
This open letter expresses the view of more than 100 leaders of large and small businesses in the outdoor industry, which contributes more than $650 billion annually to the U.S. economy, generates $80 billion in tax revenue and employs more than 6 million people. Together, we represent a huge range of activities—from hiking to hunting and camping to conservation.
Our businesses make the lives of everyday Americans, from every corner of the political spectrum, healthier and happier. We do not often unite as an industry in the way we are today but we are compelled to make clear our collective view on a vitally important issue that affects the economic health of our industry, our local communities, and the lives of all Americans.
It is an American right to roam in our public lands. The people of the United States, today and tomorrow, share equally in the ownership of these majestic places. This powerful idea transcends party lines and sets our country apart from the rest of the world. That is why we strongly oppose any proposal, current or future, that devalues or compromises the integrity of our national public lands. 
Yet as the 115th Congress begins, efforts are underway that threaten to undermine over one hundred years of public investment, stewardship and enjoyment of our national public lands. Stated simply, these efforts would be bad for the American people. They include the potential of national public lands being privatized or given to states who might sell them to the highest bidder. This would unravel courageous efforts by leaders from across the political spectrum up to the present day, including Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt.
This is not a red or blue issue. It is an issue that affects our shared freedoms. Public lands should remain in public hands.
We hold these views both as leaders of the outdoor industry — which creates significant economic value for this country — and as individuals who believe deeply that the next generation should be free to benefit from our national public lands as we and our families do today.
The undersigned companies are therefore working together to ensure that all Americans maintain their right to our iconic national public lands and that it is not taken away.

Outdoor Industry Association, Amy Roberts, Executive Director
Appalachian Outfitters, Mike & Karen Leffler, Owners
Ascent Solar Technologies, Victor Lee, President & CEO
Backbone Media, Penn Newhard, Founder & Managing Partner
Backcountry, Jonathan Nielsen, CEO
Backcountry North, Tracy Mayer, Owner
Backwoods Retail, Inc., Jennifer Mull, Owner & CEO
Benchmade Knife Company, David Fee, Vice President
BioLite, Jonathan Cedar, Founder & CEO
Black Creek Outfitters, Joe & Liz Butler, Owners
Black Diamond Equipment Ltd., John Walbrecht, President
Brooks Running Company, Jim Weber, CEO
Cascade Designs, David Burroughs, President
Chaco, Seth Cobb, President
Champaign Surplus, Dan & Shira Epstein, Owners
Clif Bar & Company, Kevin Cleary, CEO
Columbia Sportswear Company, Tim Boyle, President & CEO
Combat Flip Flops, Matthew Griffin, CEO
Confluence Watersports, Sue Rechner, President & CEO
Dakine, Ken Meidell, CEO
Darn Tough Vermont, Ric Cabot, President & CEO
Denali, Chris Howe, Owner
Diamond Brand Outdoors, Will Gay, Owner
Eagle Creek, Roger Spatz, President
Eastside Sports, Chris Iversen & Todd Vogel, Co-Owners
Exxel Outdoors, LLC, Harry Kazazian, CEO
Far Bank Enterprises, Travis Campbell, President & CEO
First Lite, Kenton Carruth, Co-Founder and Owner
Fishpond, John Land Le Coq, Founder & CEO
Flowfold, James Morin, Owner & COO
Goal Zero, William Harmon, General Manager
Grassroots Outdoor Alliance, Rich Hill, President
Great Outdoor Provision Co., Travis Zarins, Owner
HipCamp, Alyssa Ravasio, Founder & CEO
Hydro Flask, Scott Allen, General Manager
Ibex Outdoor Clothing, Ted Manning, CEO
Idaho Mountain Touring, Chris & Jill Haunold, Owners
JanSport, Steve Munn, President
Kammok, Haley Robison, CEO
Keen, Casey Sheahan, CEO
Kuhl, Kevin Boyle, President
L.L. Bean, Stephen Smith, President & CEO
La Sportiva N.A., Inc., Jonathan Lantz, President
Light Speed Outdoors, Brian Cox, CEO
Lucy, Laurie Etheridge, President
Massey’s Outfitters, Mike Massey, President
Mountain Hardwear, Dennis Randall, CMO
Mountain Khakis, Ross Saldarini, President
Mountain Safety Research (MSR), Chris Parkhurst, Vice President
Mountain Works, Inc., Jim Smith, President
My Outdoor Alphabet, Seth Neilson, CEO
Nemo, Cam Brensinger, CEO
New Balance, Rob DeMartini, President & CEO
Nikwax North America, Rick Meade, President
Oru Kayak, Roberto Gutierrez, Founder & CCO
Orvis, Perk Perkins, CEO
Osprey, Layne Rigney, President
Outdoor Research, Dan Nordstrom, CEO
Outside Brands / Outside Hilton Head, Mike Overton, CEO
Pack & Paddle, John Williams, President
Pack Rat Outdoor Center, Scott & Carolyn Crook, Founders & Owners
Packtowl, Doug Jacot, Vice President
Patagonia, Rose Marcario, President & CEO
Peak Design, Peter Dering, Founder & CEO
Petzl America, Nazz Kurth, President
Piragis Northwoods Company, Steve Piragis, Owner
Platypus, Doug Jacot, Vice President
Point6, Peter Duke, CEO
prAna Living, Scott Kerslake, CEO
Ramsey Outdoor, Stuart and Michael Levine, Owners
Redington, Travis Campbell, President & CEO
REI Co-op, Jerry Stritzke, President & CEO
Rio, Travis Campbell, President & CEO
River Sports Outfitters, Ed McAlister, Owner
Roads Rivers and Trails, Emily White, Co-Founder & Owner
Rock Creek Outfitters, Dawson Wheeler, Founder
Ruffwear, Patrick Kruse, R&D Director & Founder
Rutabaga Paddlesports, Darren Bush, Owner & CEO
Sage, Travis Campbell, President & CEO
SealLine, Doug Jacot, Vice President
Simms, K.C. Walsh, President & CEO
Skinny Skis, Phil Leeds & Scott O’Brien, Owners
Soar Communications, Chip Smith, President
Sorel, Mark Nenow, President
Stanley PMI, Kelly Kraus, Vice President, Stanley Brand
Summit Hut, Dana Davis, President & Co-Owner
Sunlight Sports, Wes Allen, Owner
Superfeet Worldwide, John Rauvola, CEO
Tahoe Mountain Sports, Dave Polivy, Co-Owner
Tenkara USA, Daniel Galhardo, Founder & CEO
The Base Camp, Scott Brown, Owner
The Mountaineer, Vinny McClelland, President
The North Face, Scott Baxter, Group President
The Trail Head, Todd Frank, Owner
The Toggery, Trek Stephens, President
Therm-a-Rest Brands, Doug Jacot, Vice President
Timberland, Jim Pisani, President
Toad&Co, Gordon Seabury, CEO (& OIA board chair)
Trail Creek Outfitters, Ed Camelli & Brian Havertine, Owners
Travel Country, Mike Plante, Owner
Ute Mountaineer, Bob Wade & Maile Spung, Owners
Vans, Doug Palladini, President
VF Corporation, Steve Rendle, President & CEO
Weighmyrack, Allison Dennis, Founder & CEO
Western Spirit Cycling, Ashley Korenblat, CEO
Woolrich, Inc., Nick Brayton, President
Zumiez, Inc., Tom Campion, Founder & Chairman

[Outdoor Industry Association]