Sierra Cascades Bike Route 2011
The West is the Best.
Here we go again. After a 2 year hiatus, my bicycle tour itch needed scratched, again. This time I rode the relatively new Adventure Cycling Association Sierra-Cascades route. This bicycle route parallels the Pacific Crest Trail from Canada to Mexico through Washington, Oregon and California down the spine of the Sierra Nevada and Cascades mountain ranges. North to South - Starting at the Canadian border at Sumas,WA past Mt Ranier, Mt Hood and continuing past the Deschutes brewery, Crater Lake, Mt Shasta, Mt Lassen, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite National Park, Kings Canyon National Park, Sequoia National Park and down to the Mexican border at Tecate. Unlike the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, this ride is on paved roads.
Shortly after my completion of the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route in 2009, this route was introduced by ACA as an addition to their National Bicycle route system. This route covers areas of Washington and Oregon that I'm not familiar with. I've found that bike touring provides an excellent opportunity to get to know an area as you cruise through at 10 MPH or so. You actually have time to get a feel for the area and meet the interesting local folks. So, a new route through some really interesting and challenging (lots of climbing)territory got my attention and now seemed like a good time to act. I started on August 5 and finished in less than 2 months - 2100 miles or so.
You can follow along with my 2011 Sierra Cascades Travel Log that starts on August 5 in Bellingham, Washington.
Also, check out my previous bike tour websites @ Transcendental Transcontinental where I rode from xcountry from Astoria, OR to Ocean Grove, NJ and @ Transcendental Great Divide where I rode down the Rocky mountains from Banff, AB to the Mexico border at Antelope Wells, NM. Good times!
And a Bicycle Runs Through It.
I brought my trusty flyrod along on this tour as I experienced some of the best trout fishing in the country. Again, I found myself with the challenging dilemma of Bike or Fish? Also, I sampled the fine local brews as I cruised through some of the fertile microbrew states of Washington, Oregon and California.
The Devil is in the Details
Since this was my 3rd grand tour, I have an idea of what works and what doesn't but there is always room for improvement. Check out my Gear page where I try to share my logic and experience for gear choices. I managed to not mail gear home, this time.