04/30/14

Review and giveaway: Cycling Sojourner’s guide to the best multi-day tours in Washington

by Jessie Kwak

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UPDATE: The giveaway is now closed. Thanks for all your comments!

I was so excited when I heard that Ellee Thalheimer of Cycling Sojourner was writing a Washington version of her awesome bike touring guide. I’d snagged a copy of the Oregon version, but since I lived in Seattle I’d never gotten a chance to try any of them out.

Well, as the world turns, by the time the Washington book was released, I’d moved to Portland. 🙂

I got my sneaky Oregonian hands on a review copy, though, and let me say it looks fantastic! Keep reading to find out why, and to see how you can win your very own copy.


The book features nine routes throughout Washington State, from an easy overnighter from Seattle to multi-day epics in the Okanogan and Palouse. I was drooling as I read through the descriptions of the John Wayne Trail and a wine tasting loop in Walla Walla.

(I’m quite the fan of wine tasting trips with bikes in.)

This guidebook does a great job of making bike touring seem accessible to riders of all levels and budgets. In the introduction, you’ll find a shoestring guide to bike gear, advice on choosing touring companions, and a nice discussion on how to carry all your stuff. There’s even a handy packing guide at the back.

Many of the trips are contributed by local riders, which means that you can count on a knowledgeable guide to camp sites, lodging, and places to chow down. I loved the attention to tasty restaurants and breweries along the way. Ellee was one of the coauthors of Hop in the Saddle, so you know the woman is a fan of good living.

The maps and cue sheets are top-notch, and the attention to detail in the route descriptions is really superb. All in all, it’s a beautifully-produced book and I can’t wait to go try one of the routes!

Giveaway!!

As I mentioned above, I’ve got a copy to giveaway to one of you folks. I picked up two through the Kickstarter ages ago, and one of them could be yours!

To win, just leave a comment below. Tell me either: 1) In your opinion, what’s the most beautiful bike ride in Washington State? or 2) Where in Washington do you dream of riding?

The contest will be open through next Wednesday (May 7), and then I’ll pick one comment at random.

Fire away!


If you’re in Seattle tomorrow, you should definitely check out the release party at the Bicycle Alliance of Washington’s headquarters in Pioneer Square. There will be beer, book signings, and all sorts of fun!


Read more about it and order your copy on the Bike Alliance website

Order a copy on Ellee’s website