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Through the forest and along the cliffs

Posted by on November 17th, 2011 3 Comments

November 12 2011 DSC 5930 548x362 Through the forest and along the cliffs

California has a lot to offer in terms of scenery – from the redwood forests in the northern portion of the state to the amazing rocky coast of it’s midsection, we think every day of how there is almost too much beauty to take in – and we are not even halfway through this enormous state!

November 12 2011 DSC 5967 548x362 Through the forest and along the cliffs

The Avenue of the Giants was one of the most spectacular roads we have cycled so far on our trip. These trees are just so big, tall and wide – it is absolutely breathtaking.

November 12 2011 DSC 5902 548x362 Through the forest and along the cliffs

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The Avenue of the Giants

Posted by on November 15th, 2011 9 Comments

One of the most mystical, magical days of our adventure yet was cycling the Avenue of the Giants in Northern California where the largest and oldest sequoia’s (redwoods) in the world grow.

Along this 26 mile stretch of scenic biway off of Hwy 101, we had only a handful of cars pass us by. The silence and the fresh earthy smells of the Humboldt Redwoods State Park rejuvenated us all.

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Smartwool Giveaway Winners!

Posted by on November 15th, 2011 0 Comments

Thanks to everyone who participated in our Smartwool Giveaway! A special thanks to Donna, Christy and Adam, and Nick and Jess for their donation to Worldbike which qualified them to win a cycling jersey.

Here are our winners:

Donna – Women’s Cycling Jersey
Adam and Christy – Men’s Cycling Jersey
Sarah – Women’s Compression Socks
Julia – Neck Gaitor
Eryn – Neck Gaitor
Adam and Christy – Training Beanie
Rhiannon Maton – Training Beanie
Jess – Women’s Arm Warmers
Shaun – Men’s Arm Warmers
Nick – Men’s Knee Warmers
Tricia (VE) – Women’s Knee Warmers

All of you will have received an email – please reply and let us know your mailing address so we can finally stop carrying around this extra gear!

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Sun, Sand, and Celebrations along the Oregon Coast

Posted by on November 8th, 2011 8 Comments

November 06 2011 DSC 5622 548x266 Sun, Sand, and Celebrations along the Oregon Coast

After traveling inland through Washington, we wound our way west and crossed the Columbia river into Oregon, connecting with the official signed Oregon Coast Bike Route in Astoria. This route winds south, mostly along Highway 101, for 592 km (368 miles) to Brookings — where we’ll pass through tomorrow and head into California! We have truly been blessed with beautiful weather – for most of our days here in Oregon the sun has shown brightly on us, and we have encountered very little of the rain we were expecting. While the temperatures have been cool (highs of 10-14 ºC or 50-57 ºF and lows of around 2 ºC or 36 ºF), we are acclimating and now quite comfortable to the point of stripping off some layers to play in parks and beaches in the afternoons, both of which are pretty deserted this time of year.

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October 31 2011 DSC 5299 548x362 Sun, Sand, and Celebrations along the Oregon Coast

We took seeing this rainbow as another sign that the sunny weather we are getting during this time of year is unusual.

I had always assumed the coastal route would be rather flat, seeing as it follows the ocean. However, as any other cyclist will attest, it is anything but flat – constantly going either up or down, and weaving in and out with peaks of peaceful mossy forests and lookouts over stunning rocky beaches and capes in between. While there are no Colorado-style climbs over mountain passes, on any particular day we see numerous hills over 500ft, and every once in a while spin up to around 1000ft elevation.

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A Smartwool clothing giveaway!

Posted by on November 3rd, 2011 38 Comments

Smartwool page A Smartwool clothing giveaway!While gearing up for our year-long family bike tour, we knew we would have to make some hard choices about what to take with us. With the knowledge that we would be carrying all of our possessions on our bikes, we needed functional and multi-use items. But when it came to planning what clothes we would wear, there was one thing we knew for sure: we needed as many merino wool items as possible!

Simply put, merino wool is a miracle fibre for everyday use but incredibly awesome for active sweat-inducing use in any weather. Naturally antimicrobial, one can sweat through an article of clothing for days without suffering the wrath for body odour funk. (Trust us – we’ve gone at least a week without washing the bike shorts we use everyday and their smell was still tolerable!) Unlike traditional wool, it is soft to the touch and quite comfortable against the skin, meaning you can use it for a variety of items as it works just as well in socks or underwear as it does in sweaters. Most items can be washed and dried in a normal machine without issue. It also preforms swimmingly as a performance fabric, wicking moisture away from the body without feeling wet against your skin. And as an insulator, it is still effective when wet!

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