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Wayne Estes

Journals

Title Ratings
Columbia Coulee Chelan Circuit 20
Silver and Gold 224
The Lost River to Bonanza 2020 58
Going Rogue 2020 82
Idaho Trails 2019 23
Southeast Arizona 2016 12
The Empty Middle 2015 66
Alaska Loop 2015 3
Steel City to Cow Town 2014 49
Florence - Missoula - Salt Lake City 2013 2
Waterfalls of Calapooya 2013 100
Southwest U.S. Coast-to-Coast 2012 189
Death Valley 2011 99
Sacramento to Loveland via 11 National Parks 2010 150
The California J 2009 71
Hot-springing Idaho and Oregon 2008 159
South Oregon Coast and Coast Range 2008 10
Western Canada 2007 122
To Hell's Canyon and Back 2006 70
Southwest Oregon 2005 41
Yellowstone and Grand Tetons 2004 38
Nova Scotia and Cape Breton 2003 95
Northern Arizona 2003 95
1988-2002 Bike Tours 25

About

I'm an experienced bike tourist born in 1961. I'm not a gifted athlete and I was a couch potato until age 25. But I've had great success planning and executing bike tours.

My first multi-day bike rides were supported rides: A 3-day American Lung Association Bike Trek in North Texas in the fall of 1987. Then a 10-day commercial tour of the Big Island of Hawaii with Backroads Bicycle Touring in early 1988. After spending a small fortune on the Hawaii tour I decided to try self-supported camping tours.

Since then I've done 48 self-supported tours. All were independent (no leader, no fee) except for the middle section of the 1989 Practice Retirement tour which was with a Bikecentennial Northern Tier group.

My first 12 self-supported tours were on a Trek 520 touring bike, for a total of 18,000 miles (29,000 km).

My first tour. September 1988 near Taos, New Mexico.

In 1998 I switched to a recumbent bike. Since then I have done 34,000 miles (54,000 km) of self-supported tours on recumbent bikes. 12 tours on a Speed Ross recumbent and 24 tours so far on a 2007 Bacchetta Giro 20 recumbent.

September 2000 near Bridgeport, California.
June 2010 near Del Norte, Colorado.

I camped most nights until 2011 (age 50). In 2012 and 2013 I stayed in motels half the nights. In 2014 I quit carrying camping equipment and started staying in motels every night.

May 2018 at Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.
Bike tours have taken me to all 50 US states, plus Nova Scotia, Alberta, British Columbia, and New Zealand.

BIKE TOURS:

1. 1988 New Mexico (Santa Fe-Red River loop), 8 days, solo.
2. 1989 Florida (Jacksonville-Key West-Jacksonville), 29 days, solo.
3. 1989 Texas meander (Fort Worth to Kerrville), 14 days, solo.
4. 1989 Practice Retirement (San Francisco-Seattle-Bar Harbor-Fort Worth), 181 days, solo+group
5. 1990 Texas Hill Country (Austin to Austin), 12 days, solo.
6. 1990 West Texas (Big Bend and Davis Mountains), 12 days, solo.
7. 1992 Southern Utah (Moab to St. George), 16 days, solo.
8. 1993 South Dakota (Black Hills and Badlands), 9 days, solo.
9. 1994 New Zealand (Queenstown to Kaikoura), 17 days, solo.
10. 1995 Hawaii (Maui and Molokai), 16 days, solo.
11. 1995 Pacific Crest (Medford to South Lake Tahoe), 11 days, group.
12. 1997 Pacific Crest (Fresno to Los Angeles), 9 days, group.
13. 1998 Southern California mountain/coast loop, 10 days, group.
14. 1998 Southwest Colorado (San Juan Skyway), 6 days, solo.
15. 1999 Oregon Pacific Crest (Medford to Portland), 12 days, group.
16. 2000 Pacific Crest (Reno to Fresno), 10 days, group.
17. 2001 Western Great Lakes (Duluth MN to Ludington MI) 15 days, solo.
18. 2002 Pacific Northwest (Olympic Peninsula, Victoria, San Juan Islands), 12 days, solo.
19. 2003 Arizona (Flagstaff, Prescott, Grand Canyon), 15 days, solo
20. 2003 Nova Scotia (Halifax-Cape Breton Highlands-Halifax), 15 days, solo
21. 2004 Wyoming (Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, Wapiti highway, Beartooth highway), 15 days, solo
22. 2005 Southwest Oregon (rivers, coast, Crater Lake), 16 days, solo
23. 2006 Grand tour of Oregon from home to Hell's Canyon and back, 37 days, solo
24. 2007 Western Canada (Victoria, Prince Rupert, Jasper, Kootenays), 38 days, solo
25. 2008 Southwest Oregon coast range and coast, 7 days, solo
26. 2008 Hot-springing Idaho and Oregon (Boise, Idaho to Oakland, Oregon), 34 days, solo
27. 2009 California J (San Francisco to Oakland, Oregon), 43 days, solo
28. 2010 Sacramento to Loveland via 11 National Parks, 61 days, mostly solo.
29. 2011 Death Valley, 13 days, solo.
30. 2011 Tour de Cascadia (Washington, Oregon, Jefferson), 44 days, solo.
31. 2012 Southwest U.S. Coast to Coast (San Diego to Corpus Christi), 52 days, solo.
32. 2013 Waterfalls of Calapooya (Southwest Oregon), 9 days, solo.
33. 2013 Florence - Missoula - Salt Lake City. 34 days, solo.
34. 2014 Pittsburgh to Fort Worth. 44 days, solo.
35. 2015 Alaska Loop (Anchorage, Valdez, Fairbanks, Anchorage). 20 days, solo.
36. 2015 The Empty Middle (Amarillo to Rapid City). 19 days, solo.
37. 2016 Southeast Arizona. 12 days, solo.
38. 2016 Joshua Tree, Anza Borrego, Imperial Valley. 10 days, solo.
39. 2017 Atlantic Coast: Jacksonville, FL to Atlantic City, NJ. 27 days, solo.
40. 2017 Indian Country Part 1: Albuquerque, NM to Durango, CO. 11 days, solo.
41. 2018 Indian Country Part 2: Oatman, AZ to Cortez, CO. 13 days, solo.
42. 2018 Northwest Colorado. 18 days, solo+group.
43. 2019 Passes Around San Luis Valley. 20 days. solo.
44. 2019 Idaho Trails. 8 days. solo.
45. 2020 Going Rogue. 9 days. solo.
46. 2020 Lost River to Bonanza. 6 days. solo.
47. 2021 Silver and Gold, Carson City to Merced. 14 days, solo.
48. 2021 Columbia Coulee Chelan Circuit. 8 days, solo.