Cycling Sojourner, a new addition to our growing book offerings, provides comprehensive, up-to-date nuts and bolts information on eight self-supported bicycle tours across Oregon. Tours vary in difficulty and length and include the coast, central Oregon, wine country near Portland and the stunning Steens mountains. The book should prove useful to beginners and experienced riders alike.
Portlander Ellee Thalheimer (pictured above) -- an experienced guide and guidebook author -- writes in a conversational tone that's easy to digest. Her tips on preparing for, and maintaining a happy tour are good primers for beginners and reminders for experienced cycle tourists. Advice on gear, choosing a touring partner very carefully, and consuming enough calories to avoid getting "hangry" are great common sense reminders for all riders. There's plenty of "you can do it" motivational assurances for new tourists, such as the assurance that you can tour on many different types of bikes and equipment setups. Her detailed information and recommendations about each of the tours shows she has done these tours and knows how to plan and enjoy a tour comfortably and safely.