This is an ode to biking America, the long distance bike ride. There is no comparable experience: You share the road with fellow bikers, you see America in way few others do, you get a chance in your life that does not come often to slow it all down, and you absolutely, absolutely enjoy every minute.
Both the STP with 10,000 bike riders and RAGBRAI with 14,000 riders are just such experiences.
Biking America: Seattle to Portland (STP)
This 200-mile bicycle ride is the largest multi-day bicycle event in the Northwest, with up to 10,000 participants riding from Seattle to Portland in one or two days. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to ride through the scenic valleys, forests, and farmlands of western Washington and Oregon. Bicycling Magazine has listed STP as one of the best cycling events in the nation. I have done it twice. The support network is amazing, the support from small towns along the way is truly special, and nothing beats the adrenaline rush you feel as you ride in to Portland the second day. If you want more information go to Seattle to Portland bike ride.
Biking America: RAGBRAI
The claim is that this is the world’s oldest, largest, and longest two-wheeled recreational bike ride, a ride with one real goal; it is to get you biking America. The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa kicks off in late July in Council Bluffs and ends 406.6 miles later in Fort Madison. There are approximately 14,000 riders that participate in the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI). This is a wonderful non-competitive ride stretching across Iowa. It is a chance to slow down your life, enjoy it, and really savor the physical fabric of America.
Enjoy biking America.