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I’m sure you’ve heard that song made famous by the Platters…”Smoke gets in your eyes” Well, that pretty much sums up RideIdaho 2015. I was really looking forward to this year’s route in the green mountainous forested areas of northern Idaho and western Montana. Last year’s route was down in the flatter drier (usually) high desert region of southeastern Idaho near Twin Falls. But it rained… a lot, “the 50 year storm” they said. So with high hopes for dry and green mountains, I’d signed up for my third RideIdaho. But be careful what you wish for. The week was...

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Disclaimer: Riding at night can be dangerous and should only be attempted with caution, proper training and good equipment. Recently, I decided to give night riding a try. Most of the reasons are fairly obvious; there’s almost no traffic, it’s much cooler and I found a really bright LED light on line for well under $100! To be honest, I started this nocturnal escapade to get in shape for this year’s RideIdaho in August and CycleOregon in September. I was having feelings similar to the proverbial January gym memberships; a bit of embarrassment for falling off the weekly exercise wagon,...

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I have ridden hundreds of cycling events in the last 42 years and honestly, this quaint little event has won me over. Geographically, the intimate Fall River Valley sits at ~3300’ in the northeastern corner of Shasta County, which is up in northeastern Ca. just over an hour east of Redding. Burney is the largest town with about 3100, Fall River Mills has less than 600 and McArthur has about 300. The surrounding area has numerous inactive volcanic cones with dense evergreen forests to the west and basaltic lava fields and bluffs to the east. The summits of Mt Lassen...

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Hello and happy summer! Just wanted to remind anyone who might be interested, the Fall River Century is coming up on 7/18, so come on up, or down, or over if you can! I will have a report the week of 7/20. The RouteArrows truck will be there so come over and say hello! I wanted to pass along a humorous story that occurred a while back and have it lead into another broader topic. So…I was returning home from an event, my phone rang and it was a woman calling (with a southern accent right out of central casting)...

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I had a thought-provoking week over the holiday fourth. My now 21 year old daughter and I embarked on a two part trip up to northern California. The first part was just the two of us camping and hiking while the second part was a more leisurely time with a portion of the family at our rustic little summer cabin near Petrolia. (Bonus points if you know why Petrolia was so named!) We hiked a beautiful 8.1 miles to Humboldt County’s Highpoint called Salmon Mountain, elev. 6956 ft. This was to our 23rd summit of the 56 California Counties and...

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