For those who are not aware, I just returned to Seattle from a two-week multimodal bike tour around the Pacific Northwest promoting my partner Kelli’s book Pedal, Stretch, Breathe. I am still trying to figure out how to condense everything I saw and learned into useful posts here, but I figured I should simply begin with the most obvious: The Pacific Northwest is incredibly beautiful.
And nearly all the most beautiful parts of it are off the main highways and on trails and side roads. Bikes take you into less traveled areas, towns and neighborhoods, and going a bit slower gives you the time to get lost in the wonder, whether that is a breathtaking vista or a roadside flower you’ve never seen before. You meet people along the way who can point you to their favorite little spots to camp, hang out or eat. And, of course, you share stories.
So yes, I apologize, but I’m gonna make you sit through some vacation photos (hey, at least I didn’t invite you over for dinner, then spring a projector slideshow on you…). I just gotta get it out of my system before I can post more about the specific bike stuff Seattle should learn from our neighbors.
Vancouver Island’s Lochside Trail
Leaving Victoria on the ferry
Olympic Peninsula’s Discovery Trail