Biking

A World of Hurt

THE SOUND RESEMBLED that of a large limb being broken off a tree. One second I was pounding down the trail on my bike, enveloped in the myth of my own immortality, artfully dodging rocks and...

La Costa Incognita: Pacific Mexico

Even though the condos and malls of Puerto Vallarta are just 45 minutes south, the rocky coves of the Punta Mita peninsula, at the north end of the Bay of Banderas, are visited only by surfers,...

Cabo? Sure. But Not That Cabo.

It's 11 p.m. on Playa Candelero beach out on Espiritu Santo, the uninhabited island five miles off La Paz. A half-dozen tents stake out the shoreline beside an impromptu harbor: a fleet of...

La Ruta Tropical

A vacation south of the border doesn't have to mean a mega-resort crammed with sedentary chaise-loungers. In Mexico, there are Pacific beach towns and mountain hideaways that you probably...

Smooth Moves

Cycling Get Your Legs into Alignment We weren't built for swimming, nor, unfortunately, were we built for cycling. "We're bipedal," says Andy Pruitt, a former competitive...

Smooth Moves

TECHNIQUE IS not so much a dying art as it is a rotting corpse. This seems especially true in the notoriously individualistic, hard-charging world of outdoor sports, where "Just Do It" is our...

Be the Sag Wagon

Every autumn for the last six years, James Harvey has left his home in Telluride, Colorado, for a self-supported bicycle trek through some exotic land. In his thousands of miles of touring,...

Slickrock Sojourn

Q: We are planning a mountain biking trip to Moab and would like some advice on great places to camp. The private campgrounds I've looked into have all the amenities, but look...

A Two-Wheeled Pilgrimage

Q: My husband and I would like to take a cycling trip in Northern Spain. We would prefer to do it self-guided and do not want to pay the $2500 to $3500 per person that the major luxury...

The Big Sweep

You've been a wonderful audience. Thank you and take special care. Or so the Pacific gray whale seems to say by flourishing its tail flukes in the final moments of a whale-watching cruise....

The Big Sweep

About a million years ago, Palos Verdes was a near-shore channel island. A few earthquakes and tectonic plate shifts later, it's a canyon-riven peninsula with a sheer coastline of striated shale...

The Big Sweep

If you're skeptical about discovering true off-road solitude in the midst of the great sprawlopolis, head directly north toward the Santa Monica Mountains, a patchwork of wild public lands that...

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