Cycling the Pacific Coast: The Complete Guide from Canada to Mexico

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“Thorness’ mind for detail and eye for what’s best about the West makes him an adviser you can trust…” — Brian J. Cantwell, Former Outdoors Editor, The Seattle Times

Cycling the Pacific Coast is the perfect companion guide for planning and navigating one of the most beautiful cycling routes on the planet!” — Jim Sayer, Executive Director, Adventure Cycling Association

“…the definitive guidebook for those traveling the 2,000 miles from Vancouver, BC, to the Mexican border.” — Gene Bisbee, BikingBis

Travel the Pacific Coast border to border to discover crashing surf, rocky headlands, epic coastal climbs, deep forests, wide sand beaches, seaside burgs and vibrant cities.

In the book:

  • Turn-by-turn guide to the entire Pacific Coast Bicycle Route, which largely follows the Adventure Cycling Association’s map set.
  • Flavors of the cities: Street and trail tours of the major cities along the route: Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego.
  • Luxe getaways: visit Victoria BC, lower Vancouver Island, San Juan Islands, Hoh Rain Forest, Columbia River, giant redwood forests, and craggy Big Sur.
  • Wine country stopovers: Willamette Valley, Russian River Valley, and Santa Ynez Valley.
  • Unique coastal sights: barking sea lions, towering sea stacks and teeming tidepools; the Lewis & Clark Trail, oceanside campgrounds; beachfront boardwalks; strategically placed coffee huts, gourmet delis, ice cream stops and fish taco stands.
  • Incredible views: glide along the ocean surf, spin through farm and ranchland, coast Avenue of the Giants, pedal the Golden Gate Bridge, gawk at Santa Monica Pier and Venice Beach, and so much more.

Cycling the Pacific Coast is the most popular cycle touring route in the U.S., and a bucket-list adventure.

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Biking Puget Sound: 60 Rides from Olympia to the San Juans

Biking Puget Sound cover“The best way to explore the Puget Sound region is by bike, and this book is a fantastic resource for doing just that!” — Elizabeth Kiker, Former Executive Director, Cascade Bicycle Club

Biking Puget Sound (Mountaineers Books) is my guidebook for recreational cycling in the Seattle area. We released the 2nd edition in October 2014 with 12 new rides and new features like transit and route connections and downloadable cue sheets. For each ride, you get maps, turn-by-turn directions and elevation profiles for easy day cycling in:

  • Seattle
  • Cascade foothills
  • Kitsap Peninsula
  • Olympic Peninsula
  • Whidbey Island
  • San Juan Islands
  • Tacoma
  • Olympia
  • Nine Western Washington counties

Biking Puget Sound includes fun rides for people of all abilities, on urban, suburban or rural routes.

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Cool Season Gardener: Extend the Harvest, Plan Ahead, and Grow Vegetables Year Round

“…this guide is a must-have reference for any vegetable gardener working in the [Pacific Northwest’s] unique maritime climate.” — Caroline Bristol, The American Gardener magazine

Gardeners in cool, maritime climates can grow food year-round, and my new book Cool Season Gardener will show you how.

  • Season extension tools and techniques
  • Proper timing for sowing, transplanting and succession planting
  • Best varieties for cool-season plantings
  • Vegetables that you can “overwinter”
  • How to sustainably keep your soil in production year-round
  • DIY building plans for cold frames, cloches and more, with illustrations by Susie Thorness

To put your own food on the table through the holidays and keep your green thumb active, take your edible growing to the next level with Cool Season Gardener.
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Edible Heirlooms: Heritage Vegetables for the Maritime Garden

“Along comes Bill Thorness, beautifully encouraging gardeners to take their edibles to the next level.” — Jill Lightner, Edible Seattle

Edible Heirlooms offers history, growing tips and variety descriptions for more than 100 varieties of 26 of the most common home garden vegetables. Also in the book:

  • History of the heirloom vegetable and seed-saving movemen
  • Advice on year-round gardening and season-extending methods
  • Ways to share the experience: host a seed exchange, create a community garden
  • Tips on saving your own seed to grow again or pass on to the next generation
  • An extensive list of heirloom seed sources and seed-saving organizations

The book includes beautiful color illustrations by Susie Thorness.

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