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  1. Greetings,
    I stumbled upon your site while doing some research on the John Wayne Trail (or whatever the new name is, Palouse to Cascades Trail?) You seem to have a ton of experience riding it. The Cross Washington tour was a Bicycle Adventures tour? I worked for them 10 years ago or so before they started doing trips other than road biking trips.

    I’m trying to come up with a trip for students on the Palouse to Cascades trail. They wouldn’t necessarily be great cyclists, so I’m torn on where we could camp etc. I like the idea of building a community service portion into it, and you gave me a great idea of cleaning up the garbage dumps. It was interesting to note, back when everyone found out about the politicians giving away the trail. Many of the locals complained about the trash being dumped. It’s pretty clear that it isn’t outsiders dumping trash on the trail.

    Anyway, if you have any thoughts on how to make this trip doable for “non cyclists” I’d be curious to hear your thoughts.

    I like your posts. Interesting to read, and you have a good eye with the camera. What type of camera do you use?



    • Jack,

      The Cross Washington Race wasn’t a Bicycle Adventures tour but a more informal type of event where bikepackers of like mind agree on a starting place, a time to start, a route, and a commitment to go fast with only their wits and ingenuity to get them to the end. Many such events are popping up around the country. Of course, routes such as the Palouse to Cascades Trail can be followed by anyone at any speed.

      I might suggest that for a less experienced group of cyclists that you think about the section from Rattlesnake Lake (near North Bend) to Vantage. It has the smoother surface and better amenities. The route eastward is quite rustic and ideal only from March through June (too hot otherwise).

      The garbage situation at Malden is a complicated one and of considerable scale. An army of front end loaders and dump trucks is needed to clean up that mess. Also, the local community needs to commit to not continue to use that part of the State Park as a future dumping site. As far as other activities to improve the trail, I encourage you to contact these folks (https://www.friendsofjohnwaynepioneertrail.org/ who have a better idea of opportunities. I now live in Oregon and kind of disconnected from the Washington scene.

      I rely on a Olympus Tough for pictures. The photo quality isn’t great but the camera is waterproof and shockproof. Unfortunately, I crushed the screen recently but it still seems to work.

      I hope your bike adventure plans come together and that you find this route as satisfying as I have.

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