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Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in Blog, Cycling Routes, Island County, Island Rides, Jefferson County, King County, Kitsap County, Pacific Northwest, Pierce County, Rural Rides, San Juan County, Skagit County, Snohomish County, Suburban Rides, Thurston County, Urban Rides | 2 comments

New Release! BPS 2nd Edition, with 10 More Rides

I wanted more getaways. That’s why I wrote a second edition of Biking Puget Sound.

You’re probably like me in this respect: you ride to work or school or the store, Biking Puget Sound 2nd Editionor ride your regular routes with the gang, and after a while it becomes a little repetitious. And yet, that feeling of freedom when you get on the bike is still there. We all crave the “I’m getting away from it all” vibe.

So you need more getaways too.

I’m excited to announce, just in time for the holidays, the 2nd edition of Biking Puget Sound. It has just been released from Mountaineers Books.

Here is its subtitle:

60 Rides From Olympia to the San Juans

You might recall that the first edition had a similar title, but it was “50 Rides…” That’s right – 10 more. With this edition, we’ve increased the number of rides by 20 percent.

New getaways include:

  • Port Townsend – you will love the “enhanced farmstand” at Chimacum, and the trail into town.
  • Fidalgo Island – along with a ride linking central Whidbey Island to the San Juan ferries, I’ve added an exploratory loop from LaConner around Fidalgo, which has a lot to offer, including the lovely town of Anacortes.
  • Fox Island – where’s a good place to ride out of Tacoma? Well, north across the massive Narrows Bridge is a great choice. I’ve created a ride that takes an extensive trail to Gig Harbor, then seeks out a hidden gem of a park and then loops around tiny Fox Island.
  • Historic Seattle – Did you know there were bike routes in Seattle before there were cars? If you wow your friends with that question, perhaps it’s because you’ve been coming with me on my “Historic Seattle” rides for the past few years. Well now I’ve put that ride into the book, and you can lead your friends on the 120-year-old route of the Lake Union-Lake Washington Path. And there’s still one section that is only open to bikes!
  • Fox Island ride

    Approaching Fox Island, you see the bridge through the trees and Mt. Rainier beyond.

I had a great time updating and revising the book for its 2nd edition. Here’s what I did, along with adding 12 new rides:

  • Rerode, revisited, and rewrote each ride. All the existing rides got a fresh look and inclusion of all the latest bike routing and facilities.
  • Added camp sites on each map for easy bike overnights.
  • Added public transit directions and GPS coordinates to get to the start of each ride.
  • Linked each ferry in the extensive Washington State Ferry system, so you can go further and get home.
  • Added route connections so you can use the routes together to create longer tours or training rides.
  • Formatted the turn-by-turn directions so the publisher could deliver free downloadable cue sheets for anyone who buys the book. Handy!
  • Worked with a fantastic Bay-area cartographer for even better maps. These are the best maps of any bike guidebook for this region.

The rides are 9 to 65 miles in length, and all have difficulty ratings and elevation profiles, so you can see in advance what you’ll be tackling.

If you did all 60 routes in the new book, you’d ride 1,700 miles, climb 83,000 feet, visit 11 islands, pedal through 116 communities and cover 9 counties.

So check out my new edition. It should be in bookstores and bike shops soon (if you don’t see it, ask!), and you can get it online through a number of retailers.

Here’s a holiday idea: give it to a friend and create a new riding buddy!

2 Comments

  1. How do I download the “cue sheets” for the rides in your 2nd edition book I just purchased in Ballard yesterday?

    • Jon,
      My apologies for not responding earlier — your message got dumped in with a bunch of spam messages, and I just saw it.
      By now I’m sure you’ve figured out how to get cue sheets. There’s a URL to the publisher’s website and a code for you to access them.
      Thank you for buying the book, and I hope you like it!

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