I get a week in April all to my selfish self. I plan on riding. I kind of want to tour -- like, be out on the road exploring every day and sleeping away from home every night.
Option 1: Stay home and do day rides and maybe an over nighter.
This really isn't an option. But you always have to have the "do nothing" option and this is basically it.
Option 2: Go to Kettle River and base camp at our place there, and ride the Colville Nat'l Forest and maybe a Northport Loop that's been on my mind for about 5 years.
There's a ton of riding I want to do up in that area. Being able to stay at our place on the Kettle River makes things nice, given the fact that in early April there can be snow in addition to the nearly-inevitable rain. However, one of the best features of that area is the mountain exploration. I'm thinking there will still be too much snow above 3500 feet or so to make it passable (in a non-epic way) by bike. So multi-day loops will need to be planned lower. Hence the Northport loop, which follows the Columbia River.
Another benefit: buddies can drive up for day rides and don't have to commit to the entire week, so there's potential for not being alone the entire time.
And another benefit: I can bring a couple bikes for different routes.
Option 3: Go to the west side and do something.
Not sure what. I'm not insanely crazily happy about driving over there, but I would if there was nearly guaranteed radness on the other end. Early April in the Seattle/Peninsula/Puget Sound neighborhood tends to be a tad wet. I'm ok with wet as long as I'm warm and dry at night. This would likely be an "inn to inn" type tour, which I've never done. I just need a good route that includes some dirt roads.
Option 4: Fly away and do something.
I can swing this too. I can't swing flying to Hawaii or something, because Liza and Maddie would kill me if I went somewhere that awesome without them. But a sub 5-hour flight... like Texas? Or New Mexico? Or some crazy place like that? Maybe there's something there? I've got a stinking bike that breaks in half for the love of Pete. I ought to use it. This would also be an inn to inn type ordeal. Where the hey would I go though and how do I find a rad mostly dirt/low traffic route with the right amount of townage along the way? I guess it starts with finding the best airports to fly into -- then building a loop around that... it's obsession time!
I'm leaning for Option 2.
2 days ago