Forty Four

Forty Four miles this morning for my second ride in my personal version of the 2020 Tour de Whatcom, the plan where I ride each of the routes, 20, 40,60 & 100 mile routes over the course of the summer.  It was pretty easy to connect the Raleigh Twenty to the 20 mile loop, but I had to think a bit longer on a connection to this route.  Save for one hill, I was pretty happy with my choice of…Continue Reading

Northeast County Loop

Shoulder on Smith was literally littered with glass, sadly saw this broken 12 pack’s twin outside Everson. I rode this loop last Saturday, July 6th, a couple of days after Independence Day, but before street sweepers could hit all the bad spots.  This half rack of Corona bottles dumped on Smith Rd. wasn’t the only box of empties that I encountered on the ride.  There were a few other big piles coming into Everson from the north as well as…Continue Reading

Haggen to Haggen Revised

Over last summer, and even a bit through winter, this loop became one of my goto loops.  I can ride it from my house or it’s almost as easy doing from the Haggen parking lot.  It’s basically a loop through Ferndale via Smith & Noon roads and then hitting as many trails/paths as I can link together to bring me back to Ferndale. What keeps me coming back to this loop is that it is a good workout with hills…Continue Reading

Another Tire

A few months ago I wrote about Another Way to do my regular gravel/trail/pavement loop. That ride I did riding my Kona Dew shod in a used set of Schwalbe Marathon touring tires that I had hanging around the garage.  The Marathons worked good on the roads and gravel, even doing okay on the path’s.  Since then I rode the same set up on a couple of exploration rides in and around Galbraith, Padden and Whatcom Falls where they again…Continue Reading

North County Loop

Saturday was a nice morning for a long road ride. As a fitness goal, I signed up for the 100 mile Tour de Whatcom in July, so it is getting to be the time that I need to get my body used to the long miles on a road bike.  Fitness levels for road biking and mountain biking may be closely related, but road bike hours on drop bars have you in one or two pretty defined positions while mountain…Continue Reading

Reese Hill Loop

This loop, Reese Hill Loop, has many things to offer, most of which were on display for my ride today.   There were cows, deer, lots of sun, springtime springing up everywhere, beautiful sunrise through morning mist, and a hill.  Many of this loops offerings may or may not be there on each ride, but rest assured the hill will be there every time. I haven’t done this loop in awhile, but the hill was there before and it was there…Continue Reading