Posts tagged: bicycling
TRAILS – A public meeting to discuss potential real estate development that could impact the popular trail system in High Drive Bluff Park is set for Wednesday, March 12, 6:30 p.m., at St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 5720 S. Perry.
The Friends of the Bluff group is looking for a conservation solution to possible changes to the 22-acre Tuscan Ridge property, which is zoned for condo development.
Info: Diana Roberts, firstname.lastname@example.org, 477-2167.
WINTER SPORTS — Spokane wide-tire mountain biker Dan DeRuyter traveled to Island Park, Idaho, for the annual ultramarathon race called Jay's Backyard Fat Pursuit. Riders chose from 60K and 200K snow-covered routes.
Hours after this starting photo was shot at minus-zero temperatures, DeRuyter logged another photo of himself on the 60K route with this caption:
Here's a 'selfie' at around 11 AM. GPS, Water Bottle, Camel-pack and Bike-chiladas, already long since frozen solid. Never would have guessed I'd have another eight hours to go.
Then, when his body had sufficiently thawed, he filed this report after the race:
Finished, Crashed twice, and wasn't last (but, in truth, last wasn't far away), in what became a very tough, ten hour/60 k effort. Here are shots before (thinking I'd finish around 3 PM), and at the Finish (at 7 PM) . A brutally long, cold (-5 F to 15 F), and windy day. All my water, and most of my food, were frozen solid long before the first check point. My finger tips are all still numb today. My Race diary's entry for yesterday will be filled with the many, many things I'll do better next time. This Race deeply rewards those who properly prepare.
The highlights of my day were having the one and only Jay Petervary periodically checking my (all Racers') progress on his show machine, and my Exposure Maxx D that strobed for nine hours and then had enough juice left to light me to the Finish.
Lastly, 'awe' is the only word I can think of that comes close to describing the 19 who opted to Race the 200 k, and what will be a 24 + hour effort for them - completely unsupported. Truly the very best & gifted endurance athletes there could be.
BICYCLING — Todays S-R story about long-coming proposals to begin developing the Palouse section of the abandoned railroad stretch known as the John Wayne Pioneer Trail is good news for bicyclists.
Although the state of Washington acquired the railroad right of way in 1981, the section from the Columbia River east to the Idaho state line remains largely rough with gaps that make it difficult to use even if you go through the hoops to get the required permit from Washington State Parks.
BUT, the growing popularity of fat bikes offers a chance for tough riders to get on the trail now.
These bikes with extra-wide, extremely low-pressure tires tame the rough ballast and bogs that greet trail users on long stretches of the trail.
But don't expect to be the first to fat bike the entire route. Others have already figured it out.
On his 26InchSlicks blog, Spokane fat-biking-fanatic Pat Sprute has posted an excellent story with photos and maps of his 2012 trip along the John Wayne Pioneer Trail from Tekoa to the Columbia.
Check it out and be inspired.
WINTER SPORTS — The region's first bicycling event of the year will bring out fat bikes to celebrate Groundhog Day at St. Maries, Idaho.
The Groundhog Day Fat Bike Festival is technically called Murmelteirtagfettfahrradsfest, which the organizers enjoy pointing out is a German-named ride on an American holiday at a Mexican restaurant.
Here are the details:
What: A Fat Bike Cross Country Ride at the Christmas Hills Recreation Area trail system.
When: Starting at noon on Sunday, Feb. 2.
Distance: Around 15 miles of snow-groomed trails with optional technical adventures.
Why: To celebrate the time-honored tradition of using an over-sized rodent to predict the coming of Spring. Also, to throw a party after being cold and wet for four months.
Where: Start and finish at St. Maries Golf Course/Casa de Oro parking lot, 900 Golf Course Rd. in St. Maries.
Cost: $5 donation requested for mid-ride snacks and gas for the groomer. Sign up day of event. Any extra cash will be donated to the St. Maries Masonic Lodge Restoration Fund.
Says organizer Tom Miller: “The Christmas Hill trail system is multi-use and is open year-round for everyone to enjoy. Come to St. Maries and give it a spin before the ride.”
For current trail information or questions, contact Tom Miller at The Bike Shop at Hughes Ace, (208) 245-6544 email email@example.com.
TRAILS — An update to the 2008 Spokane County Regional Trails Plan will help integrate routes for walkers, runners, skaters, cyclists and equestrians into planning and development as the population grows, officials say.
The draft plan, up for county approval this month, identifies 677 miles of routes ranging from single tracks to the 12-foot-wide Centennial Trail, said Parks Department planner Paul Knowles.
The plan will help the county preserve and maintain existing trails while identifying links for an interconnected network of user-friendly trails, he said.
But don't take our word for it: check it out for yourself:
The county Planning Commission is set to review the draft plan on Jan. 16.
Outdoor groups in the Inland Northwest Trails Coalition helped fund the trail planning, map trails and propose possible links and expansion throughout the region.
The new Centennial Trail segment through Kendall Yards is indicates the benefits that can be achieved through trail planning Knowles said. The proposed Dream Trail running north-south completely through the Dishman Hills is another goal.
The plan could facilitate public access from Five Mile Prairie to the Little Spokane River.
Read on for more information about the plan.
WINTER SPORTS — My recent blog post on the transitions at Mount Spokane State Park indicated the biggest change this seasons is the elimination of the Discover Pass for WINTER vehicle access to the park through March 31.
The handy chart above, courtesy of the Spokane REI store, helps illustrate the change.
Read the story for details.
CYCLING — I've just learned that the city of Spokane is eliminating its Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator position.
As of Dec. 21, Grant Wencel, who's held the postion for more than four years, will be terminated and the job will go dark.
Here is a reaction from Bradley Bleck, who's been closely involved with the recent advances in bicycling routes and status in city transportation planning:
As someone who has served on the (Bicycling Advisory Board) for nearly seven years as a volunteer and member, who worked to help bring a bike/ped coordinator to the city, I can only see it as a significant step in the wrong direction, one that will make both recreational and utilitarian cycling in the city much less a priority.
CYCLING — Pedaling a bicycle across the United States is the equivalent of a graduate degree in American Studies, only you'll be in better shape than when you started.
I made the journey in 1976 betwixt college and career (left), and on Monday my daughter, Hillary, at the same age, finished her TransAm trip 37 years later.
My favorite youngest daughter and her cycling partner Katy Howell reached St. Augustine, Fla., completing the Adventure Cycling Association's Southern Tier Route across the USA. Hillary started riding in September from San Francisco to San Diego, and then eastward through Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. Whahoo!
I told her it was going to be cold when she returns to Spokane at the end of the week. She said she'd wear wool socks under her Chacos.
My main word of advice to Hillary before she departed was to focus on the people, not on making the miles. She and Katy excelled at meeting people. They have a trail of friends now.
Following is Hillary's first look back at her travels in a post after reaching the Atlantic:
After 2 months and over 3,000 miles of blood, sweat, and gears (and tears!), I finally made it to the Atlantic Coast on my bicicleta! It has been a truly profound experience - traveling with only women in a part of the US that is so different from my Washingtonian bubble of a reality that it felt like a completely different country. I never ceased to be blown away by the incredible hospitality we encountered… countless people who accepted us as complete strangers into their homes… who provided us with the luxuries of a warm shower, a fresh,fluffy towel, or a home-cooked meal. The guardian angels who warned us of sketchy towns to avoid or gave us a lift when we got lost and ended up on gravel roads. Although many warned us of the crazies that were out to get us, we encountered only nice and gracious people. This journey has made me deeply appreciate my life and the freedoms I have - the freedom to travel, to be educated, to ultimately leave my home town and see a different state, or 8… Or the whole world! The access to fresh, local food… Access to recycling and composting and environmental awareness. But most of all, a self-confidence that I couldn't have acquired any other way. A belief in myself, and a belief in humanity… That humans are innately good. Thanks to all of you who helped me fulfill my dream. But now, I am looking forward to having more than 4 pairs of underwear!
BICYCLING — Cyclocross is “the steeplechase of bicycling, a hybrid sport of mountain biking and road racing,” according to one rider in Sandpoint last weekend, where S-R photographer Jesse Tinsley caught the action with his video camera at the last race of the cyclocross season.
Inland Northwest outdoors groups are sponsoring a wide range for free programs this week. Among them:
See map and directions to Riverview Retirement Center auditorium,
TRAILS — A packed house showed up last night at the new Jefferson Elementary School for the city-sponsored meeting to unveil new plans for the $6.8 million project that will repave and remodel High Drive while changing access to the South Hill bluff trails. The meeting provided a lot of answers to concerned neighbors and perhaps raised a few more questions.
One comment from the audience caught my attention as an illustration of how wide the views range on developing a public asset such as High Drive. The comment from the man, Dave, reminds us that private property owners often take very narrow views of public interest on city right-of-way.
To paraphrase Dave:
The city should focus funding earmarked for sidewalks to poor neighborhoods where people need the walkways to get to the bus rather than waste the money on a sidewalk in an affluent neighborhood where it isn't needed.
First, Dave apparently doesn't look out the tinted windows of his vehicle as he drives to and from his South Hill home to observe all of the walkers and runners who use High Drive each day.
Second, more walkers and runners would enjoy the premier views of High Drive if they didn't have to walk in the road especially around dangerous curves.
Third, it's crazy that the city has gone this long without providing a sidewalk or path the length of High Drive, one of the finest pedestrian routes the city has to offer.
TRAILS — As today's news story points out, City of Spokane engineers are ready to present a new plan for the $6.8 million High Drive street project after public criticism of initial proposals this summer and fall sent them back to the drawing board.
The project is of major concern to the hikers, cyclists, dog walkers and runners who flock to the 25-mile trail system along the South Hill bluff. Initial proposals would have reduced access to the trails and eliminated up to 80 percent of the available parking.
The city will unveil the revised design in an open-house meeting on Thursday, Nov. 7, from 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., at the new Jefferson Elementary School, 123 E. 37th Ave.
OUTDOOR GROUPS — The Spokane Mountaineers, an outdoors club that's been exploring the region's mountains, waters and trails for nearly a century, will describe their activities in the annual Meet the Mountaineers presentation, Monday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m. at the Spokane REI store, 1125 N. Monroe St.
Members plan to offer a visual tour of club schools, programs and outings, including bicyling, climbing, conservation, hiking, paddling, and skiing.
TRAILS — The City of Spokane's plans to “remodel” High Drive in 2014 while updating sewer lines could change bike lanes and reduce parking options for the popular South Hill bluff trails.
Traffic flow, pedestrian walkways, and bike lanes will also be affected, according to the Friends of the Bluff.
TRAILS – Idaho state Rep. Mat Erpelding, D-Boise, hasn’t given up his plan to travel the length of Idaho this fall by muscle power to promote trails, experience rural areas and raise funds for the Redside Foundation that supports the health of Idaho guides.
But he said a leg injury has forced him to change his plan from hiking the 950-mile Idaho Centennial Trail to continuing on a bicycle.
He’d hiked 220 miles in 10 days from Upper Priest River Falls to Mullan, but a few days later on the stateline trail along the Bitterroot Mountains, the leg injury got too him.
His Facebook posts show him biking down the old Lewiston Grade and advancing to Riggins and the Mountain Time Zone.
On Wednesday, the outdoor educator and climbing guide said, “Left the bike up north, caught a ride Boise, put on a suit and am headed to interim Energy, Technology and Environment Committee meeting.
“However,” he added, vowing to finish his Idaho end-to-ender, “I am not shaving my face until I get to Nevada!”
OUTDOORS — After a summer hiatus, Inland Northwest outdoors groups are reviving monthly free programs. Among this week’s offerings are:
Bicycling programs of the Spokane Regional Transportation Council explained by Ryan Stewart, senior planner, 6:30 p.m., Monday, at Riverview Retirement Center, for Spokane Bicycle Club.
BICYCLING — Time's running out to register for Spokane's premier bicycling event.
Choose from four rides ranging from a fun-filled loop in Riverfront Park for kids to 9, 21 and 47 milers through Riverside State Park.
OUTDOORS — Spokane is featured in Outside magazine's 2013 list of 18 Best Towns for outdoors enthusiasts.
Park City, Utah, was ranked No. 1 by a feature in the September issue.
I'm proud Spokane is in the spotlight. I know that even a lot of folks who live in this area don't realize what we have in terms of four-season recreation for a wide, wide range of interests.
Other great outdoor towns on Outside's list range from Honolulu to Boston, with niches like Bozeman, Mont., and Minneapolis, sprinkled in between.
While I agree with the distinction, Outside's writeup on Spokane is vague, lacking and slim on details regarding why this region is such a great place for people who love the outdoors. I'm OK with that. Discovery is part of the adventure.
Best Town stories often are low-budget deals for the magazines. This is an example of that, including a outdated photo of the Riverside State Park footbridge from a Seattle-based stock photography outfit. Geez.
We're still underrated in so many ways…. shhhhh.
I'll continue to help you count the ways as I've been doing since leaving Montana to make Spokane my home in 1977.
BICYCLING — They're pedaling from Spokane to Sun Valley in five days starting this weekend in memory of a sister who died at 17 but donated parts of her body so others may live.
Bravo to the Lebsacks for putting meaning into a bicycle tour.
BICYCLING — Hundreds of cyclists are resting their legs this week after Saturday’s Eight Lakes Leg Aches ride west of Spokane. But there’s plenty of events remaining in August, such as:
Le Tour de Koocanusa on Aug. 10 out of Libby, Tour de Lentil metric century on Aug. 17 out of Pullman, White Pine Pedal Mettle on Aug. 17 out of St. Maries, and the Conquer Schweitzer hill climb on Aug. 18.
See details on these and dozens of other rides through October in The Spokesman-Review’s 2013 Northwest Bicycling Events Expanded List.