From traffic to weather to city centers — everything you need to consider when planning your bicycle touring route.
Everything you need to know about planning your route for your first big bicycle tour.
1,000 kilometres deserves a beer with my handlebar bag companions, Piglet and Dougal the Cancer Council bear.
Before we launch into the details, from route planning to gear to hiker-biker camp culture, I thought it’d be fun to assemble ten reasons why you (yes, you!) should get your wheels on the road for the first time. Personally, I could go on forever about why cycle touring is the greatest thing since sliced bread and how you should start planning your trip right now, so it took considerable effort to trim this list back to just ten.
The seedy and the sublime on the banks of the Columbia River, in Washington state. Central Washington is a dry and dusty plain, but these rivers are like living tunnels hidden below the horizon.
On my second day out from Vancouver I met my first fellow cycle tourists: Josh, Jarney and Jay. They had already spent weeks cycling across prairies and over mountain ranges from Saskatoon, and I was impressed by how comfortably ragged they looked on their bikes.
We kick off a new series of blog posts, which will ultimately form a complete guide to bicycle touring. First up: why would you go bicycle touring in the first place?