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Bicycle Style – Best Halloween Bike Costumes

By popular demand, I’m reposting my list of the best Halloween costumes for you and your bicycle (with a little inspiration from the movies). Show up in style on your bike at this year’s parties!

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Detroit Map - Designing Cities Bike Ride

Seeing Detroit

Henry David Thoreau famously once said, “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” And if good old Hank were here, I think he would have approved of this past weekend’s bike excursion. My ride cobbled together an usual set of destinations — two iconic buildings and a reclaimed vacant lot — all with the goal of seeing Detroit through new eyes.

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Belle Isle Conservatory -- Belle Isle, Detroit

Belle Isle Pick-Me-Up Bike Ride

“Don’t let them win by continuing to hold onto the anger,” my sister reminded. So in that moment I turned to what I often do when I need to clear my head: exercise. It was getting late, but there was enough daylight left for a decent ride around my old standby Belle Isle.

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Pizza and whisky for first breakfast

Tour de Grizzlies – Food Obsessions

It naturally follows that being able to consume lots and lots of food would be an appealing aspect of bike touring for me. All I had to do was sleep, ride, hike, occasionally bathe, avoid being eaten by bears, and eat? At the distances we would be riding, my body would transform into a calorie incinerator operating at maximum capacity!

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Day 3: Another killer downhill on the way to Bow Lake and Simpson's Num-Ti-Jah Lodge for lunch. It turns out that Num-Ti-Jah is Canadian for "No Lunch Left." They'd sold out of food (??), and we were ravenous after a limited breakfast. Pleading with the front desk staff to see if the kitchen was open yielded nothing. I resorted to making sandwiches with what was available: crackers, baby carrots, and copious amounts of Heinz yellow mustard.

Tour de Grizzlies – Scenic Photo Edition

Eventually I’ll write up a real post about the bike touring trip from Jasper to Banff. But in the meantime, here are some of the photos that I’ve been promising everyone.

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