Pioneer Square Art Walk, newly published bike touring book, and Washington State recognized as #1 in the Nation for the 7th year in a row. With Schooner Exact’s “Ale-Liance IPA” flowing once again, it was an evening of celebration indeed. The first Thursday Pioneer Square Art Walk is a regular celebration for Pioneer Square’s artistic contribution to Seattle. With their business neighbors, Washington Bikes participate in the monthly event.
There does seem to be a bicycles and beer affinity. It was inevitable in Washington’s craft-beer loving bicycle community that a specialty beer celebrating that affinity should exist. With Seattle Beer Week and National Bike Month, both occurring in May, the bike-friendly folks at Schooner Exact needed little prompting. The first keg of Ale-Liance was tapped in 2012. This limited edition is an excellent salute to bicycling.
Cycling Sojourner, A Guide to the Best Multi-Day Tours in Washington by Ellee Thalheimer has been in the works since July, 2013. Thanks to Washington Bikes, Kickstarter, a team of co-writers and participating contributors, Washington now has its own dedicated guide to multi-day bike touring. The Washington edition was preceded by Cycling Sojourner, Oregon. Both guides effectively enable a bicycle enthusiast to plan a 3-day or a week cycling adventure. Thalheimer’s style is a bit whimsical. She is, however, very much on point. She emphasizes safety, clarifies level of route difficulty, and points out places along the way she finds of particular interest. Those places can involve camping, lodging, food or drink, and amenities of special focus to the bicyclist. Besides places and routes, these guides advise you regarding bike, packing, and exploring those areas of the states where subtle cultural differences exist. Thalheimer prepares anyone who can ride a bike to tour by bicycle. She has packed a concise guide with resources, maps, and even websites. There are even companion coupons available online. Visit WABikes.org. A portion of proceeds from book sales goes to Washington State bicycle advocacy organization, Washington Bikes. See http://cyclingsojourner.com/ for more guide information.
Continue reading a follow-up article to learn more about bicycle advocacy and Washington’s League of American Bicyclist #1 Friendly-State designation.