Posts tagged: palouse
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.
CONSERVATION — A two-hour fun shoot plus demonstrations on boating safety, retriever handling and using decoys use demonstrations will be featured at a March 24 fund-raising event at the Colton Boosters Gun Club sponsored by the Palouse Chapter of Ducks Unlimited.
A duck calling lesson for kids also is planned.
The activities will start at 1:30 p.m. Porky’s Pit Barbeque of Pullman serve pulled pork and chicken at 4 p.m., followed by the Ducks Unlimited raffles and auctions. The event will wrap up by 6 p.m.
A 25-bird round of trap costs $2.50 for kids and $3.75 for adults; the youngsters will have their own shooting line and coaches. Shooting will start by 2pm and end at 3:30pm.
“We are hoping to have some other outdoor demonstrations as well, perhaps bird-watching, bow-hunting or fishing clubs will participate,” says DU District Chair Joe Ford. “There’s a lot of ways to have fun outdoors, and DU projects benefit over 900 species of fish and wildlife. It’s so much more than just ducks!”
After the guns go quiet at 3:30, the Greenwing kids will get a lesson in calling waterfowl, followed by a brief kids calling contest (calls are provided). There will also be a demonstration of hunting dog work.
Adult beverages will be available from the Colton Boosters Club after the fun shoot.
Admission: $40 for a single adult, $70 per couple, and $30 for kids under 17.
Tickets will be available through the national DU website, or by calling (509) 288- 7013 or (541) 979-9025.
BICYCLING — RAW — the popular Ride Around Washington organized by the Cascade Bicycle Club — is focusing its 2012 on the region from Chewelah south through Spokane and around the Palouse.
The seven-day, 400-mile supported bike tour isn't until Aug. 4-10, but it's already 92 percent SOLD OUT.
Online-only registration for RAW opened on January 10, 2012. It was 92 percent sold out on March 27.
Cyclists may join the Cascade Bicycle Club when registering for the event or in advance by visiting the membership page.