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The Pedalshift Project 136: A Tropical Ride on the C&O Towpath

A free weekend in September around the DC area usually means perfect weather for a multi-day ride on the C&O Towpath. But will a renegade hurricane and a summer's worth of historic rains put a damper on the ride? Sometimes you end up on Plan C in bike touring... Opening ramble Live Show! Tuesday, September 25th at 9pm ET Join us at Oregon Coast Loop Videos Look for one more to finish up the trilogy before the end of the month, but check them out on YouTube or...


The Pedalshift Project 135: Lessons from riding the TransAm across America

He's no longer a beginner, but Pedalshift Beginners Series alum James Rosenberg checks in after his (spoiler alert) epic and successful ride across the United States on the TransAm. We cover his favorite experiences, best and worst gear choices, and much more. Opening ramble Live Show! Tuesday, September 25th at 9pm ET Join us at Oregon Coast Loop Videos Look for one more to finish up the trilogy before the end of the month, but check them out on YouTube or...


Best of Pedalshift 045: Bike tour budgeting

Originally released March 17, 2016 as The Pedalshift Project 045. Bike tour budgeting Camping over hotels… wild camping or free camping when you can. I would recommend getting an account on Warm Showers because they can be helpful on the TransAm for a free place to stay in places that don’t have good camping options. Making your own food is another thing that can save money… sometimes I prefer the convenience of eating at towns along the route, but you can make your own meals for a lot...


The Pedalshift Project 133: Oregon Coast Loop, Chapter 3

Pedalshift Tour Journals - Volume 11: Oregon Coast Loop, Chapter 3 Port Orford, Oregon to the California Border... and back to Portland This trip was kind of like climbing a mountain... you get to the goal, but then you have to turn around and go back. The California border is within reach, but will this nutty transit-aided return work? This is the penultimate chapter of the Oregon Coast Loop... I'll have another pod come out as a coda to the trip, talking about my takeaways and...


The Pedalshift Project 132: Oregon Coast Loop, Chapter 2

Days 2 and 3 of my trip took me from Florence, Oregon to Port Orford, Oregon including some stunning coastline, a big bridge to North Bend, unusual headwinds for the time of year, an odd late night experience at a disappointing campground, my favorite climb of the entire coast and much more. Oregon coast loop, chapter 2 (Florence-Port Orford) Most of the Journal speaks for itself, but from time to time I might jump in and give some additional context on top of or around the stuff I...


The Pedalshift Project 131: Oregon Coast Loop, Chapter 1

The Oregon Coast is a hilly, foggy, amazing adventure that is a part of the larger Pacific Coast bicycle touring route. It is almost exclusively on US Highway 101, with a few deviations I'll mention. My plan was to combine local transit with bike touring to do a loop of the coast, tag the California welcome sign and return to Portland, relatively unscathed. On this edition of the pod we follow along on Days 0 and 1 of the adventure as I ride the buses from Portland to Newport, and get...


Best of Pedalshift 029: Extreme transit-aided bicycle touring

Originally released September 3, 2015 as The Pedalshift Project 029. See for images and links. For the full tour journal, check out Pedalshift Tour Journals, Volume 4. Digesting the transit-aided ride – takeaways: – I love the Dahon (check out the review), but I’m getting a Brompton – Transit in the NE US is pretty reliable (small sample size!) – NYC, particularly 8th Avenue is a really challenging place to ride, but awesome. – Just because you can do it doesn’t...


The Pedalshift Project 130: Oregon coast bicycle tour prep

Pulling together the final touches on my upcoming Oregon coast bicycle tour, we cover the final details for the ride. The northbound return trip features a new twist since we last chatted, plus more detail on the modified bikepacking setup I'll be testing out. Oregon coast bicycle tour prep Schedule 1 - Bus to Tillamook, bus to LC, bus to Newport South Beach SP 2 - Honeyman SP (Fred Meyer in Florence) 3 - Sunset Bay SP (Safeway in North Bend) 4- Humbug Mountain SP (Rays in Port...


The Pedalshift Project 129: Bicycle touring France

Bonjour from France! Although I'm in Paris for a non-bike touring related work trip, being in the City of Light has me thinking about a future trip out here with my bike. On this episode, we cover all things bike touring France... tips on camping, traveling, handling language differences, and much more. Bonjour! Bicycle touring France I have *not* toured in France yet, but I've done a fair amount of research on it... so much of this pod is about a brain dump of things I discover and...


The Pedalshift Project 128: Must-have bicycle tour tools

If you're going on a bike tour, you're usually confronted with a situation that requires a fix or an adjustment. On this episode of The Pedalshift Project we explore bicycle tour toolkits: what you must bring, what you should bring, and maybe a few things you haven't thought about. Followup FOTS Preston Piper has another video out on the C&O washout that was a topic of last week's episode. He reports that a C&O safety officer confirms that the washout detour is being worked on by them...


The Pedalshift Project 127: Summer bike tour with a twist (Live)

Recorded live from Washington, DC, this episode of the Pedalshift Project includes my summer tour reveal, including the interesting twist to make it end where I start. Plus, amazingly good news on two big closures on important touring gems, the C&O and the Pacific Coast route. Plus banter with you... because this was live! Watch the video version, including banter with the room and stuff that hit the cutting room floor: Summer bike tour with...


Best of Pedalshift 018: A campfire chat on simplicity and bike touring

Originally released April 16, 2015 as The Pedalshift Project 018. Note, Nathan's website and social media accounts are no longer active. See for images and links to some of the things we talked about. --- Listen in on a campfire chat about simple touring by bike on location at Marble Quarry campground on the C+O towpath. Hear the crickets and frogs chirping… the occasional owl hooting… sip on a beverage of your liking (maybe something strong?) from your cup. It’s the...


The Pedalshift Project 126: Katy Trail, Epilogue - Takeaways and Final Thoughts

The final part in a series of podcasts on my Katy Trail adventure! After sitting with it a few weeks since my return, I have thoughts on everything about the ride... the heat, the rain, the trail surface, and much more. Where does the Katy Trail stand up to other tour routes in the US? I have some thoughts on that! Tour Journals Volume 10: Katy Trail, Epilogue This chapter covers day five of my Katy Trail adventure across Missouri. It started in Hermann, MO and continues to Augusta, MO....


The Pedalshift Project 125: Katy Trail, Chapter 6

Chapter 6 in a series of podcasts on my Katy Trail adventure! My final day riding on tour is always a little hard to accept. I usually feel like I just started, and sometimes that's not far from the truth. On my final day crossing the state of Missouri by bike, my appreciation for the Katy Trail cemented itself... especially after leaving it behind. Tour Journals Volume 10: Katy Trail, Chapter 6 This chapter covers day five of my Katy Trail adventure across Missouri. It started in...


The Pedalshift Project 124: Katy Trail, Chapter 5

This chapter covers day five of my Katy Trail adventure across Missouri. It started in Hermann, MO and continues to Augusta, MO. If you missed the other chapters, they're at Pedalshift Projects 118, 119, 121 and 123! Day five in some ways made day 2 seem like a walk in the park. Let's just say weather apps prove to be a bit unreliable as I head out of Hermann, leading to a mad dash, a scramble, and eventually... beer. The penultimate day of riding had it all on the Katy Trail... Miles:...


The Pedalshift Project 123: Katy Trail, Chapter 4

Chapter 4 in a series of podcasts on my Katy Trail adventure! On this edition… I get a nice surprise in camp that has me reflecting on gratitude in bike touring, a wet but not disruptive day, and I look for some oom pah pah at Maifest in Hermann! My day started with a nice surprise with a return hello from Mike and his son as they helped hook me up with some replacement gear left in Sedalia. Riding through a town called Portland portends some wet weather, and it all wraps up in a very...


The Pedalshift Project 122: 1000 Miles of Portraits touring Alaska

Annalisa van den Burgh returns with her touring partner Erik Douds to chat about the new iteration of their Miles of Portraits project as they tackle 1000 miles touring Alaska. We talk about their plans, dealing with bears, touring with Type 1 Diabetes and much more. The Interview – touring Alaska on Miles of Portraits Annalisa van den Burgh – Did the Northen Tier in 2008 with Teen Treks. Seattle to New York. – Did the TransAm in 2017 – mix of solo and cycling with friends. Yorktown,...


The Pedalshift Project 121: Katy Trail, Chapter 3

Chapter 3 in a series of podcasts on my Katy Trail adventure! Sometimes a good night's rest is all you need. That and an overpriced, but gratefully available, lightning cable and some dry shorts can reset things from a less-than-optimal day to one that makes your tour. Plus, I got to do a meetup and enjoy some beer for the first time in Jeff City... They say the third time's the charm. Sometimes the third day is. Tour Journals Volume 10: Katy Trail, Chapter 3 This chapter covers day three...


The Pedalshift Project 120: Touring Alaska on and off a tandem

Ella Embree is a born and bred Alaskan with a big sense of adventure. Recently Ella was inspired by Lael Wilcox to tackle a new adventure - bicycle touring 1000 miles around her home state, some on a tandem. On this episode, we chat on the eve of the first leg! Opening ramble chapter 1 chapter 2Pedalshift Society The interview: Touring Alaska with Ella Embree Ella Embree is a born and bred Alaskan with a big sense of adventure. Her blog, Thrive Outside chronicles her adventures in and...