The Bicycling Journal of Rich Torkington

Sedona Day Ride

Sedona Day Ride

It’s starting to look like Jack, Phil, and I will eventually plan a touring trip this summer or late fall. Headliner ideas are either the Oregon-California Coast or a Northern Rockies path. Either would be fantastic. This weekend Phil and I decided to jumpstart the riding year with a day ride in the Sedona area. […]

2016 Riding Year in Review

2016 Riding Year in Review

Yet another calendar year gone by. In terms of cycling, rather unremarkable with a few notable exceptions. A long steady decline in mileage year on year. 2011 – 8,487 2012 – 3,030 2013 – 2,827 2014 – 1,998 2015 – 1,657 2016 – 1,616 One might be tempted to chalk that up to age or […]

IM18 – Stillwater

IM18 – Stillwater

Diamond Bluff, Wisconsin to Stillwater, Minnesota Distance: 35.5 miles Ascent: 2,171 feet http://cyclemeter.com/51ced2364be66c17/Cycle-20160807-1143 Cumulative Distance this tour:  844.8 miles Cumulative Ascent this tour: 34,412 feet Up early this morning.  It had been a perfect night of camping – serene and perfect temperature.   I took another long stroll around the apple orchard.  Magical stuff.  At one […]

IM17 – Nesbitt Nursery

IM17 – Nesbitt Nursery

Wabasha, Minnesota to Diamond Bluff, Wisconsin Distance: 55.9 miles Ascent: 3,183 feet http://cyclemeter.com/51ced2364be66c17/Cycle-20160806-0812 Cumulative Distance this tour:  809.4 miles This morning we breakfasted in the AmericInn lobby with something masquerading as eggs and sausage.    We learned that last night Phil was audience to a snoring duet between me and Jack somewhere about 1:30AM.  He said […]

IM16 – Long and Lovely Day

IM16 – Long and Lovely Day

Brownsville, Minnesota to Wabasha, Minnesota Distance: 73.1 miles Ascent: 2,033 feet http://cyclemeter.com/51ced2364be66c17/Cycle-20160805-0731 Cumulative Distance this tour: 753.5 miles As previously noted, this was one fantastic campsite, the best yet on this tour. Sunrise over the Wisconsin bank. Mist rising off the river waters. Very dewy conditions due to yesterday’s rains. Magical. Phil got up real […]

IM15 – Doesn’t Get Better

IM15 – Doesn’t Get Better

Monona, Iowa to Brownsville, Minnesota Distance: 68.2 miles Ascent: 3,583 feet http://cyclemeter.com/51ced2364be66c17/Cycle-20160804-0808 Cumulative Distance this tour: 680.5 miles Wonderful overnight tenting in Monona’s Gateway Park. Once packed, we each headed over to Subway or Quillin’s grocery store for things like lemon-filled donuts and coffee. In the center of Monona we picked up Pleasant Ridge Road […]

IM14 – Beautiful Iowa

IM14 – Beautiful Iowa

Dyersville, Iowa to Monona, Iowa Distance: 61.8 miles Ascent: 2,075 feet http://cyclemeter.com/51ced2364be66c17/Cycle-20160803-0827 Cumulative Distance this tour: 612.4 miles If Iowa could get any more beautiful, it did today. A late rise for me in the Dyersville park, and it seems I farted around more than usual this morning while Jack and Phil waited. Finally ready […]

IM13 – Field of Dreams

IM13 – Field of Dreams

Oxford Junction, Iowa to Dyersville, Iowa Distance: 54.4 miles Ascent: 2,246 feet http://cyclemeter.com/51ced2364be66c17/Cycle-20160802-0746 Cumulative Distance this tour: 550.5 miles Not a single drop of rain last night. The winds did not even pick up. I’m certain that locals are expressing care for us, but I think they also like to exaggerate the possible weather hazards. […]

IM12 – Team Dumbass

IM12 – Team Dumbass

Muscatine, Iowa to Oxford Junction, Iowa Distance: 50.1 miles Ascent: 1,186 feet http://cyclemeter.com/51ced2364be66c17/Cycle-20160801-0827 Cumulative Distance this tour: 496.2 miles Jack and I were packed and outside the motel by 7:00AM. Incredibly, Phil nearly overslept, but came rushing out only a few minutes behind us. In the meanwhile, a local resident pointed us down the street to […]

IM11 – Rest Day in Muscatine Io...

IM11 – Rest Day in Muscatine Iowa

Muscatine, Iowa Distance: 3.6 miles Cyclemeter app not used Cumulative Distance this tour: 446.1 miles Good bye and good luck to Roger, who left fairly early this morning. We also said goodbye to Chris, who left us a “charge” to talk to every bicycle tourist we came across as a gesture of goodwill. Noted. We’d […]

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