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February 3, 2009

Mid Willamette Valley Route Sharing

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I just saw this in my Google Alerts and am pumped to see more of this happening.

Cyclists looking to take a mid-valley ride now have an online option for finding or creating routes. The site is being launched today by Linn County Geographic Information Systems and was created in partnership with Albany GIS, the Albany Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission and local cycling clubs.

Users may select a distance range and level of difficulty to produce a custom map or choose a route from one of the 27 listed on a drop-down menu.

Options listed under “select difficulty” include flat, moderate hills, hilly and very hilly. A drop-down menu also allows the user to choose a distance range, starting at less than 20 miles and maxing out at more than 75.

Click the “directions” button on the lower right of the screen and a detailed set of turn-by-turn directions can be viewed and printed out.

You can check out the site here: www.co.linn.or.us/bikemap

There’s more of the article at the gazettetimes.com website.

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January 22, 2009

4 Great Bike Routes in North Salem / Keizer

This scenic bike route is right out my back door.

This scenic bike route is right out my back door.

I live a very full life day to day. My wife and I stay very busy with 4 kids – 3 in secondary education, and one in preschool. On top of that, we are involved in community organizations and I co-own and help run multiple technology businesses. On many days I’m up at 5:30 or 6 to help get the kids up and off to school, then I’m out to the office by 9, meetings or projects throughout the day, off to some activity for kids or family, help with homework, tuck in kids, catch up on home stuff, and finally shut it down around midnight or later. Then back up the next day to do it again. At nearly 40, it takes it’s toll more than it did 10 years ago, and hardly provides the right schedule for massive amounts of riding or training. Yet some days, the sun, moon and stars all align, and I’m able to take advantage of some great cycling, right out my backdoor. If you haven’t ridden in the north Salem and Keizer area, here are some great options for you… More on 4 Great Bike Routes in North Salem / Keizer

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