Sam’s Twenty-Day Bicycle Tour: Steamboat to Colorado

Five days after defending my Ph.D. dissertation in 2015, I departed Seattle, Washington for Colorado…IMG_7189

I did not take a plane, train, nor an automobile to transport myself halfway across the country. Instead I packed up my panniers with spandex and oatmeal, bolted a rack to the frame of my Fuji Bicycle, and started pedaling in a south-easterly direction.

See you later, Seattle!
See you later, Seattle!

I rode alone for 15 straight days over 1,103 miles through Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Wyoming before taking a layover day in Rock Springs.IMG_7420-0IMG_7604IMG_7855My Dad joined me in Rock Springs and together we rode 235 more miles over the course of four days before reaching our final destination of Steamboat, Colorado.

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MADE IT
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Can you see the family resemblance?

The entire trip was an INCREDIBLE experience. I covered 1,338 miles of some of America’s most astoundingly beautiful countryside. I met incredibly kind and generous individuals all along my journey. I got lost in the back-woods down country dirt roads. I improvised tire-patches from bike-tubes and duct-tape. I camped in public parks, RV resorts, national forests, and under a bridge. I found moments of transcendent bliss along THE TOURI endured mental and physical exhaustion. I learned more than I ever thought was possible, getting a Ph.D. in grit and determination from my progress down the pavement. IMG_7846

I blogged about my touring experiences while I was riding (it’s AMAZING what an iPhoner is capable of in this modern age). The entire saga (from beginning to end) unfolds in these posts:

The beginning
The beginning

Days 1 and 2: Seattle to Federation Forest State Park to Yakima

Day 3: Yakima to Prosser, Washington

Day 4: Prosser, Washington to Pendelton, Oregon

Day 5: Pendleton, Oregon to La Grande, Oregon

No official post from Day 6: La Grande, Oregon to Union Creek Campground, Oregon (outside Baker City). I included photos from this day of touring in Day 16‘s recollections

Day 7: Union Creek, Oregon to Vale, Oregon

Day 8: Vale, Oregon to Boise, Idaho

Day 9: Boise, Idaho to Mountain Home, Idaho

Day 10: Mountain Home, Idaho to Fairfield, Idaho 

Day 11: Fairfield, Idaho to Arco, Idaho (through Craters of the Moon)

Day 12: Arco, Idaho to Heise Hot Springs, Idaho

Day 13: Heise Hot Springs, Idaho to Jackson, Wyoming

Day 14: Jackson, Wyoming to Boulder, Wyoming

Day 15 Boulder, Wyoming to Rock Springs, Wyoming

Day 16: REST DAY in Rock Springs (and the arrival of my awesome Dad for the final part of the trip)

Day 17: Rock Springs, Wyoming to Antelope Flats, Utah (along the rim of Flaming Gorge)

Days 18 and 19: Antelope Flats, Utah to Douglas Draw on the Vermillion River, Colorado to Craig, Colorado

Day 20: Craig, Colorado to Steamboat, Colorado

The END
The END

11 thoughts on “Sam’s Twenty-Day Bicycle Tour: Steamboat to Colorado

    1. Thank you so much! I had such a great experience on the road. Hopefully you can avoid some of my many mistakes when you set off on your own touring adventure. Day six was a fun one, day seven was a DOOZiE! :)
      I hope you’re able to connect with the fine folks at Cascade- they do SUCH good work for the Seattle bike community.

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