Metro’s Bike There! Map Online, Zoomable, Free

Metro’s Bike There! map — the most comprehensive map of Metro area bike routes — is now available online, with zoom, for free!

Access the map here. Flash required.

Zoom and pan in the interactive version of the Bike There! map to plan your next bike ride. For those times when you’re not near a screen, you can still purchase the eighth edition of the map printed on durable, waterproof paper for $9.

Weekend Fun: PDX Bikecraft

I am off to BikeCraft to pick up something on my Christmas Gift List.  And I am sure that although I only have one item to get, I will bring home more, just like last year.  This is a fun time of year to get out and feel the energy even if one is going alone.

BikeCraft℠ is a one-of-a-kind Holiday Gift Fair that draws together the area’s best artists, designers, and producers to showcase their creations made specifically with the bicycle-lover in mind. Browse and shop hand-made, locally produced gifts, bicycle accessories, jewelry, art, fashion, paper goods, and more at this year’s BikeCraft℠ event…

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There is Nothing Like a Good Bike Adventure Book: eBook


I am learning that ideas that are extremely clear in my head are much more difficult to communicate on a blog.  I am relearning it.  I am hoping to put it into practice.  After all, I have an idea how all my articles are connected and why I put them up here.

My first recollection of a bike adventure book was reading Miles From Nowhere by Barbara Savage.  My later recollections were that everyone mentions that she was killed later while riding her bike closer to her home.  For most people, bikes are just that, a continual safety nightmare and a reason to hate (no comments will be posted, I have toured enough to see this).  I was thrilled that this woman just went places, places I would never go without a bicycle.  I hope that this book may stimulate someone else to go someplace and to do it on a bicycle.  I am not against traveling like the images I have of Colonial British, where I have funds and tea sets are set out, white linens, pith helmets, but I would miss just learning about myself and the people I am going by.  What I would miss most is understanding what adventure is.  These days, that is the most important thing.

So when I saw this eBook about Melanie Swanson, a cycle tourist from Washington on a one-year, ’round-the-world bicycle tour.  And I realized you could download her eBook FREE, “The Neither Authoritative Nor Concise Guide to Riding Bikes in Southeast Asia” on the GoingSlowly blog, I thought I would give it a plug.  I am hopeful it is good book, but even a fair one that gives one any reason to jump into the world of bicycling adventures would be a worthwhile addition.  And I am from Washington as well.  I hope she has fun.