I’m a photographer and a cyclist – both by hobby – living in Seattle. I’m also a lover of mountains.
I’ve spent most of my life cycling. When I was very young, my mother used to pull me (and my brother, once he was born) behind her bike in a little trailer. I always wanted more, and didn’t care how sore her legs were. I remember the training wheels coming off my own bike, which was a very nervous right of passage; later, I remember buying my first bike as an adult. There have been short and frustrated periods where I haven’t had a bike, but I knew from the very first time I rode a bike that this was something I loved dearly, and that’s never changed.
Fortune smiled on me a few years ago and I was able to buy my first really nice road bike. This watershed moment brought a new honeymoon period, during which I rode just about every street in Seattle. Eventually, though, a person gets bored riding in even the most beautiful of places, and cycling had become a priority to the exclusions of other things, like hiking. Finally, I realized that it wasn’t cheating to drive a bike to the start of a ride, and thus began my exploration of the great Pacific Northwest beyond Seattle, with a focus on rides that make you feel like you’re hiking.
Since I began traveling with my bike, I’ve covered a lot of ground:
This blog was created to detail the best of these rides.
Also, I’m a hiker/backpacker and a climber. I’ve created a second blog for non-bike trip reports, with the same great photography and mountain scenery: Northwest Outdoors.