As Seattle is receiving a dusting of snow, I received this wonderful photo of Bicycle Quarterly contributor Tim Bird (“A Day Out in the Yorkshire Dales”).
“A Day Out in the Yorkshire Dales” is a very enjoyable read. This is why I subscribe to BQ for both the technical articles and vicarious adventures. Keep up the Good Work!
Jan, do you make the attempt of biking in the snow the rare moment the PNW is hit with it? Or do you switch to something else?
I am originally from Minnesota where drivers are far more familiar with this kind of weather, but living in Olympia now is slightly more terrifying since many people (along with the city’s infrastructure) have no idea how to deal with the change.
If there is enough snow, we usually go out for short rides in the neighborhood. In addition to being fun, it helps with bike handling skills. Many years ago, I did a 120-mile ride in the snow from Seattle to the San Juan Islands in January for a graduate student retreat. The backroads were totally empty – it seemed that people either had crashed their cars or seen enough crashes to stay home. It was a wonderful ride. I may have photos somewhere…
Jan, I enjoyed your bit about cycling in the snow from Seattle to the San Juans. Living on San Juan Island, I’ve often cycled the ten miles from Roche Harbor to town on winter snowy roads. I get out my 1983 Ritchey mountain bike with T-Serv tires, fenders and lights, and bike to town, staying on the gravelly shoulders for added traction. Drivers pass me with incredulous looks on their faces. Mine is usually beaming!
Jan, just wanted to say that Mr. Bird’s story is one of my all-time favorites in Bicycle Quarterly. I can identify with that kind of day trip, and he is a skilled writer. Hopefully, we’ll hear from him again.
I wanted to write and tell you how much I enjoyed Tim Bird’s article in the last Bicycle Quarterly. It was so descriptive and well written. Please print more of these types of articles if and when they are available. As a side note, last year my wife and I traveled to Lincolnshire to do some family history and were able to spend considerable time out in the country in small villages. In Alford (east of Lincoln), we met a nice young man running a bike shop who got us in touch with family, who loaned us two bikes. It was amazing! These wonderful folks “pulled out the stops” and went to work helping us track down some real history in the area. This was completely unexpected and added so much to our trip. Reading Tim’s article was a wonderful reminder of the fantastic time we had in England making friends and enjoying their hospitality.
Thank-you and everyone else for the encouraging feedback. I really enjoyed writing the Yorkshire Dales article and was delighted to have it accepted by BQ. Some new trips are in the works. The magazine has a very interesting mix of articles…. keep up the good work Jan!
Hopefully other folks will share their favourite days out too. I love an armchair adventure.
Jan, thanks for publishing the article about a day out in the Yorkshire Dales. Thank you Mr. Bird for a great armchair adventure and learning about cheese and jam sandwiches!
Cheese and jam sandwiches…. what can I say…. it’s a Yorkshire thing! (Wensleydale is best).
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