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For us, a trip to Markleeville, California, for the Death Ride in July always includes a stay in Gardnerville, in Nevada’s Carson River Valley. While there, one of our favorite side trips is a roll to the pioneer town of Genoa, a pleasant bike ride, about 8.5 miles away. For... Read more →


In May of last year we visited Graeagle, California, in the northern Sierra Mountains courtesy of the Eastern Plumas County Chamber of Commerce. This year, because we were going to the Sierra for the Death Ride, we thought we'd make a detour and come back for more adventures. This area,... Read more →


We spent a short time exploring the area in and around southern Oregon. We learned a lot as we traveled the area. Here is a list of the five things we learned about the state generally, and southern Oregon in particular. Overlooking Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest Byways to Bikeways Like... Read more →


After a circuit around Crater Lake, we motored to south to Klamath Falls. Klamath is on the "sunny" side of Oregon characterized by high desert; the forested slopes of Crater Lake National Park were a distant memory as we headed south to Klamath Falls along Oregon Highway 140, which as... Read more →


We hunched over the bar at Portal Brewing Co. as Mike looked around for a pen. “I can show you a more scenic route -- it’s really beautiful!” he said, fumbling around underneath the bar for a pen and a paper napkin. I nodded tentatively -- strange routes make me... Read more →


After our stay in Ashland (see last week's post, Southern Oregon Grand Tour: Ashland), we and our bikes made our way up I-5 to Medford. Bob won a drawing for a couple of nights stay at the Inn at the Commons, along with a couple of meals at restaurants there... Read more →


Last October Cycle California! Magazine took to the open road to explore the bicycle wonderland that is north of the border: Oregon. One of us won a drawing for a couple nights stay in Medford, Oregon, along with some freebies like a couple of meals. Since we were planning to... Read more →


When I'm feeling closed in on all sides I head to the coast. I don't especially like crowds, so I get away midday on a work day. Only 20 minutes from San José via Highway 17, the coast along Santa Cruz is a great resource for outdoor enthusiasts: There's beaches,... Read more →