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A fusion of storytelling, local knowledge, & practical info, this bike tour book lures you to the best bicycle tours in Washington.

UPDATE--STRETCH GOAL #1! We made $10,000 and we're on our way to $14,000 and a party. 

The enthusiasm for Cycling Sojourner Washington absolutely ROCKS! Together we reached our goal of $10,000 with 8 days to go in the campaign.

We're thrilled with the support and our authors couldn't be happier knowing how many appreciative readers are lined up waiting for the results of all their hard work (and fun). 

You've inspired us to set a STRETCH GOAL OF $14,000 that will let us do great things in the book. We'll show off the incredible riding in the Evergreen State by highlighting some of the great trails that are worth a day trip of their own or that can be added onto some of our tours. 

We know you'll help us get there--you already helped us get this far! When we reach the stretch goal every backer will get original postcards by Bicycle Alliance member and artist Andy Goulding showing a bike posed with iconic Washington landmarks like Seattle's Space Needle, Spokane's Riverfront Park clocktower and pavilion, and other memorable scenes, along with an illustrated bike tour packing list postcard.

You'll also be invited to an exclusive Kickstarter backer-only event in our Pioneer Square office in Seattle with beverages, treats, and celebratory shout-outs and happiness for all the backers as the pre-function before our book launch party sometime in April 2014. You'll literally be the very first people to get your hands on your copy and will meet author Ellee Thalheimer in person.

To help us reach the goal we've added a cool new STRETCH REWARD #1: A beautiful set of 8 full-color notecards with envelopes featuring an inspiring graphic created by Bicycle Alliance member Sharon Dean of Creative Accomplice in Seattle.

They're sure to read a note on these beautiful cards! All Kinds of Riders for All Kinds of Reasons (Image COPYRIGHT 2013 Bicycle Alliance of  WA. Created by Sharon Dean, Creative Accomplice, Seattle.)
They're sure to read a note on these beautiful cards! All Kinds of Riders for All Kinds of Reasons (Image COPYRIGHT 2013 Bicycle Alliance of WA. Created by Sharon Dean, Creative Accomplice, Seattle.)

If all of the wonderful backers so far order a set of the cards we are THERE on Stretch Goal #1. Who knows what you might unlock next? (Hint: Would this design also make a really awesome T-shirt?)

Add a mere $20 to your pledge by adjusting the pledge to get this gorgeous set of notecards in addition to your other rewards. You'll tell us what the money is for in the survey we'll send out after the campaign ends. If you change your pledge to choose the $20 level and reward you won't receive the book, jersey, or whatever else you're expecting. We don't want you to be disappointed when that package arrives!

Happy pedaling!  

And now, back to our regularly scheduled programming: The original description of the project.

Why is bike touring awesome? Besides being a blast, bicycle tourism is a low-impact, sustainable form of travel that does a bang-up job of nourishing small-town economies and local businesses. Plus, there are few better ways for a traveler to get an intimate introduction to places, cultures, and natural environments. Experiences you have while bike touring can shift your perspective and transform your life.

Brief respite from touring in NE Washington
Brief respite from touring in NE Washington

This is why we, Ellee Thalheimer of Into Action Publications and the Bicycle Alliance of Washington, are pedaling like crazy to bring you Cycling Sojourner Washington, the definitive (and only) guidebook for self-supported bicycle touring in the state. 

You won't find this information anywhere else! Basically, this highly detailed bike tour book does the logistical work for you, making trip planning as easy as possible. 

Cowboy country, WA
Cowboy country, WA

The 10 featured routes are either loop tours or one-way tours where you can return to the starting point via train. Meticulously detailed nuts and bolts information--including cue sheets, maps, and information about weather, difficulty level, both camping and lodging options and how to get to the ride’s start--is laid out in a clear, user-friendly format.

Cycling past wheat fields outside of Wilbur, WA
Cycling past wheat fields outside of Wilbur, WA

Yet the soul of the book, and what makes it unique in the guidebook genre, lies in the voices of the five authors, including Washingtonians Martina Brimmer, Josh Cohen, Katherine Widing and Steve Krippner, who use storytelling, local history, and humor to elevate the book beyond just an everyday guidebook to an inspirational muse that draws out your inner adventurer.

Traveling by ferry with bikes is fabulous.
Traveling by ferry with bikes is fabulous.

How good will this be? Let's see what some of the reviewers said about Ellee's Oregon book, then just mentally replace "Oregon" with "Washington" and "Beaver State" with "Evergreen State" so you know what you have to look forward to.

Russ Roca and Laura Crawford, The Path Less Pedaled: "Whether you’re planning a weekend bicycle get away or a multi-day fully loaded tour, Ellee’s book is worth the weight in your pannier! Cycling Sojourner has set the bar high for other bike touring guides and it will no doubt join the ranks of other seminal bike touring books. Save yourself the hours of researching and get this book and start pedaling!" 

Heidi Swift,  Editor at Large, Peloton Magazine: "Thalheimer’s outright love for cyclo-touring is palpable throughout this superbly researched book. Aside from the usual practical information you’d expect, it’s packed with geographical and historical insights and sprinkled with bits of philosophical reflection that get at the why of touring, as well as the how. Cycling Sojourner captures the essence of Oregon’s most breathtaking two-wheeled adventures while providing rock-solid route information that takes the guesswork out of heading to the hills. Finally, Oregon has the cyclo-touring bible that it so deserves." 

Peter Zheutlin, author of Around the World on Two Wheels: Annie Londonderry’s Extraordinary Ride: "If you’re planning a bike trip anywhere in Oregon there are only three things you absolutely, positively must have besides your wheels: a well-equipped tool kit, a positive attitude and Ellee Thalheimer’s meticulously assembled guide to bicycle touring in The Beaver State." 

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The Bicycle Alliance of Washington has served as the voice of bicycling statewide for over 25 years. We're headquartered in Seattle's Pioneer Square, where 7 enthusiastic staff work on bike policy, education, and regional activities around the state.

Our executive director, Barb Chamberlain, worked for a regional publishing firm that produced some of Washington state's official centennial publications and has knowledge of the publishing world to back up Ellee Thalheimer's success in writing, publishing, and selling "Cycling Sojourner Oregon" and "Hop in the Saddle." The general approach and design of our book are modeled on the Oregon book so we aren't starting from scratch, and we'll have some of the same team working on this book.

Creating a book of this quality, caliber. and detail is very costly. So we are asking backers to be part of the project and help fund a portion of the printing costs through pre-ordering the book and purchasing other stellar rewards. This is the money we need to push the project through to completion; other funding will come from sponsors who want to support the growth of bike travel in the nation's #1 Bicycle-Friendly State. (So says the League of American Bicyclists--six years in a row!)

Thanks for considering joining us in our bike touring crusade. Come along for the ride!

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  • A portion of it may be, since the Bicycle Alliance of Washington is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

    The exact amount of your support that represents a donation will depend on the value of the item(s) you receive. When we reach our goal and the campaign is successful backers will receive an email with details on item value and donation amount.

    Whether or not the donation amount is tax-deductible for you depends on your specific tax situation. We're bike advocates, not CPAs, so we suggest you consult an expert. :)

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    Food and fun: Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime evening of bike stories and great food at a private dinner somewhere in Washington (most likely in Seattle or Spokane--we're scouting now), with Cycling Sojourner author Ellee Thalheimer and Bicycle Alliance executive director Barb Chamberlain. We'll have our picture taken with you for posting on your favorite social media sites and ours too. You'll also receive two autographed copies of Cycling Sojourner Washington and a one-year Bicycle Alliance membership (worth $35, new or renewal). We'll see you at dinner! (travel not included)

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    You name the tour! We love bike touring research/riding/writing so much we'll DO EVEN MORE. You pick a destination or area somewhere in Washington state that you think would make a great tour. We research a two-day "bike overnight" trip and create a downloadable bonus tour with your picture and bio in it and possibly photos from your bike tour. You get it first--later we distribute it to all the Kickstarter backers and friends of the Bicycle Alliance. Includes autographed copy of the book and the bonus tour. (Think it should be longer than a weekend? Let's talk.)

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    Be in the book at a whole other level with this one. Placement of name (yours or your organization/business) on back of book and five (5) autographed copies; “Gold Wheel” sponsor recognition at Bicycle Alliance annual event celebrating the forthcoming book and four (4) tickets to attend an awesome evening with hundreds of bike lovers (Nov. 2, 2013) where we'll be showing pictures from the book. You'll see a proof of the book cover before anyone else (except the $10,000 level backers). Event attendance Nov. 2013; books shipped April 2014. We love you so much we'll pay the shipping anywhere in the world.

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    A whole new realm of awesome! YOUR logo on the back of the book and ten (10) autographed copies of Cycling Sojourner Washington; “The Whole Bicycle” sponsoring rights to Bicycle Alliance annual event at which we'll all celebrate the forthcoming book and eight (8) tickets to attend (Nov. 2, 2013) with hundreds of other happy bike folk who will no doubt ooh and aah at the pictures we'll show as a preview of the book. You'll also see a galley proof of the entire book before anyone else. Event attendance Nov. 2013; books shipped April 2014. We love you so much we'll pay the shipping anywhere in the world.

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