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Cycling Spain’s Via Verde Ojos Negros

Spain’s vias verdes are cycling and hiking trails that have been developed along abandoned rail lines.  The longest of them all is Via Verde Ojos Negros.  If you ride the entire length plus the additional …

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Five Days on Two Wheels in Emilia Romagna, Italy

My friend Christina’s love of Ferrara, her home city, inspired me to put together a gentle cycle tour. Along our way we visited a beautifully preserved Renaissance city and a medieval abbey. We rode along a huge saltwater lagoon and stayed in delightful agrotourism establishments. And when we reached the Adriatic…

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We Stumble into Adlestrop – Through the Back Door

When Jamie suggested a cycling vacation in England, I thought, “I’ll finally see the Cotswolds.”   Year after year I’d add “Hiking in the Cotswold Hills” to my Twenty-five Things list.   The list I write …

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Cycling Through History Along the Kennet and Avon Canal

Cycling through Wiltshire, whether along the Kennet and Avon Canal or on quiet country lanes, is a delight for the gentle cyclist.  This section of the Sustran National Cycle Route 4 covers 87 miles between …

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Now We Can Say We Went to College at Oxford University

Oxford’s Keble College Halfway between Bainton Bikes, and Gloucester Green, where we planned to catch a bus to London the next day, we stepped over the two-foot threshold of the Main Gate to be embraced …

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An Easy Cotswold Hills Cycle Route: the Cotswold Line

Cycling the Cotswold Line is a great way for gentle cyclists to explore the distinctive stone walls, historic villages, and rolling landscapes of the Cotswold Hills, Britain’s largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Dreams and …

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Combine Bikes and Trains for Gentle Cycling in England

By combining bikes and trains, gentle cyclists can explore parts of the UK that are beyond their cycling range.  But be ready, you may have only a few minutes to figure out where to load …

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Cycling Idaho’s Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes

Sometimes things work out perfectly.  Like the time we met other gentle cyclists to ride Idaho’s Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes and the Route of the Hiawatha.  Well, actually, we met one other gentle cyclist, …

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Free and First: Bikes on Washington State Inter-island Ferries

Cycling Washington’s San Juan Islands is a great way to get started on independent cycle touring.  Base your tour from one island and take advantage of the free ferry rides for cyclists between islands. We …

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Washington’s San Juan Islands: An Easy First Cycle Tour

Quiet coastal roads and moderate climbs await the gentle cyclist on Washington’s San Juan Islands.  They are a great place to get started on independent cycle touring.  Base your tour from one island and take …