I really want to get to Senja as an alternative to Lofoten.
I’d bikepack carrying an inflatable kayak.
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My major project of summer 2019, I finished a month long trip on August 3rd.
One excellent adventure.
The Pacific Northwest is gorgeous. I had fantastic weather. Very few biting insects.
The theme was rails to trails. I tried to ride as many railway lines converted to non-motorized transport as I could.
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I started in Nanaimo wanting to get to Lake Cowichan as quickly as possible.
Lake Cowichan is the western terminus of the Great Trail.
2. Islands to Port Townsend WA
After visiting friends in Victoria, I took the most direct route to visit friends in Port Townsend via the American San Juan Islands.
3. Port Townsend WA to Rattlesnake Lake WA
To avoid some highway miles, Doug & Diana delivered me to the Bainbridge ferry. I cycled the Burke-Gilman rail to trail and others connected to get to the fantastic Iron Horse Trail out of Rattlesnake Lake.
4. Rattlesnake Lake WA to Tekoa WA on the Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail
5. Eastern Washington
Just past Ellensburg I was forced off the semi-official GART on to secondary highways and alternative trails that took me through Spokane.
I found this section of GART to be too soft and sandy for my tires. Also it was too disconnected.
I finally stopped at Plummer, Idaho. Dave Adlard picked me up. We dropped the bike at a shop for repair as I’d broken 3 spokes the previous evening. And then took an indulgent 8 days off in Couer d’Alene.
6. North to Castlegar
Dave and Jeni rode with me away from the Adlard log cabin in Athol. We headed towards Sandpoint on back roads and I later rejoined the route shown in the map below. Dave had suggested I cross the border close to pretty Metaline Falls.
6. Castlegar to Hope
For decades I’d wanted to ride the Kettle Valley Rail (KVR) Trail and the Columbia & Western Rail Trail. It’s totally wonderful. And obviously one of the great cycling routes of the world.
Hope to Vancouver and on to Parksville on the Island was problematic. There is no excellent route yet available. Cyclists I met took a number of different roads.
Psychologically finished at Hope, I managed a series of rides, buses, trains and ferries to cover the 240km in about 36 hours without sleeping.
related – compare my 23 days bikepacking Patagonia, Chile earlier this year
For summer 2019 I’ll use the Relive app.
It generates Google Earth videos with the photos you too included.
Here’s an example from the FREE version of the software.
The free version adds a maximum of 10 photos. For up to 50 photos you must join the CLUB which costs US $60 / year.
Mapping works in conjunction with Strava, Runtastic, Endomondo, Garmin Connect, Suunto, Apple Health (Watch), MapMyRun, MapMyWalk, MapMyRide, MapMyHike and Polar Flow.
I might be using the free version of Strava. Otherwise I’ll use Apple Health.
It includes a zoo, forestry museum, arboretum, children’s museum, rose garden, Japanese garden, amphitheatre, memorials, archery range, tennis courts, soccer field, picnic areas, playgrounds, public art and many acres of wild forest with miles of trails.
I walked from my hostel and then did about 10km of run / walk between some of the attractions.
The trails are excellent. No bikes allowed.
Early April blossoms are the highlight. There were plenty of cameras out.
The Oregon Holocaust Memorial was dedicated in 2004.
It’s very well maintained. Public picnic spaces superb.
Don’t miss this park if you get to Portland.
And I tested it skiing Sunshine. Works as advertised. Perfect for me, I think, as it’s quick, durable and simple.
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Gorgeous day. Perfect, in fact. I do love Spring skiing.
In fact, this was only my second day skiing for years. I was also testing the new boots and skis I bought last year.
There was a full moon over the Rockies on the shuttle bus up from Calgary.
So far, I’m super happy it. Of course GoPro has a huge range of mounts and accessories. I’ve already bought the tripod and bike mounts.
For video it replaces the Canon Elf I lost on my last trip. For photos I’ll mostly use my iPhone X.
related – GoPro Hero 7 Black Review
With its new gimbal-like stabilisation and live-streaming powers, the GoPro Hero 7 Black is the best action camera we’ve seen so far…
Having traveled Patagonia 3 times over the past 4 years, perhaps it’s time to give it a rest.
I’ll have to find somewhere else sunny 😎 to travel during Canadian winter 2020. Africa sounds good. Or perhaps New Zealand.
The attraction of Patagonia for me is wilderness so undeveloped. Similar to northern British Colombia and Alaska.
I do recommend it. But you need some basic tourist Spanish.
Earlier on my trip I’d laughed at people who told me they’d taken a bus to Ushuaia.
Those bus trips are LONG.
But when it turned out that neither ferry nor flights were available, I ended up catching the bus in Punta Arenas. 🙄
The day was 11 hours. But not nearly as bad as I had expected.
Long bus rides can be relaxing.
For the first time on this trip the border crossing Chile – Argentina was efficient. Security theatre for luggage was a fruit, vegetable, meat and drugs sniffing dog.
For some reason I’d never heard much about Ushuaia. But it’s an appealing and interesting tourist destination. Many arrive here by cruise ship.
Ushuaia is the capital of Tierra del Fuego, Antártida e Islas del Atlántico Sur Province, Argentina. It is commonly regarded as the southernmost city in the world.
the major port of departure in the world for tourist and scientific expeditions to the Antarctic Peninsula. …
The vibe in town is END OF THE WORLD. Very far from everywhere.