BICYCLE TRAVEL AND STORIES FROM DAVID E. SISKIND February 2, 2018
5812 Thomas Circle S. Minneapolis, MN 55410-2936
BICYCLING THE ADVENTURE CYCLING NORTHERN TIER TRAIL ACROSS AMERICA
Minneapolis, MN cyclist Dave Siskind, 56, and 62-year old friend Tom O’Brien from Oregon, biked 5,500 miles from Seattle to Maine via Glacier Park’s Going-to-the-Sun highway with side trips to the Winnipeg Folk Music Festival and Iowa’s RAGBRAI cross-state ride, in 1998. They met and biked with others, mostly camped, and averaged 90 miles per day. 2000, 80 pages, 6 by 9 in. $9.95.
BICYCLING THE CANADIAN ROCKIES
Rocky snowcapped mountains, glaciers, raging rivers, pine and spruce forests, wildlife, hot springs and safe roads. This has to be the best bicycle touring in North America. Between 1973 to 2001, the author led seven Minnesota group tours in Banff, Jasper and Yoho National Parks including the awesome Icefield Parkway. The long summer days and mountain passes not exceeding 6,700 ft make this a trip for any reasonably fit and granny gear-equipped cyclist. Three of the trips were family adventures with kids as young as 11, riding their own bikes and carrying their own gear. 2002, 112 pages, 6 by 9 in. $12.95.
YOU STARTED FROM WHERE? BICYCLING 420,000 MILES FROM PENNSYLVANIA TO MINNESOTA
The author’s third book on bicycling has Adventure Cycling’s cross country routes, historic Route 66 from California to Chicago, The Natchez Trace National Parkway, a dozen countries in Europe, New Zealand, Nova Scotia, and a return to Canada’s Banff National Park. This is a personal history of 45 years and 420,000 bicycling miles. Included are racing and touring clubs and people in the 1960’s NE USA and the 1970’s to 2000’s Minnesota, and a technical chapter on how long tires, chains, frames, and other biking stuff lasts. 2004, 380 pages, 8-1/2 by 11in. Currently out of Print.
BICYCLING ALASKA, TWO COASTS, THREE MICHIGANS AND THE NATCHEZ TRACE
Bicycling Great Places
This is a followup of “You Started From Where?” bringing the author up to a half-million biking miles. The additional 80,000 miles includes the Yukon and Alaska, Adventure Cycling’s east coast route and much of the west including part of AC’s new Sierra Cascade Route, remote Prince Rupert, three Michigans (the Lake, Lower and Upper), a return to the Natchez Trace with friend Tom, and a repeat of the Canadian Rockies 28 years after author’s son Dan biked there at age 11. 2011, 206 pages, 8-1/2 by 11 in. $12.95.
ROUTE 66 BY BICYCLE, Bicycling Great Places (with Tom O’Brien)
Reprinted from “You Started From Where?” This describes David’s and Tom’s tour from Santa Monica (Los Angeles) to Chicago on fabled Route 66. Much of the riding in the west was on Interstate Highways 40 and 44 but some stretches of the old road still exist such as across much of Arizona. Included are triumphs and sickness, deserts and mountains, tornados and tailwinds. 2012, 75 pages, 6 by 9 in. $9.95.
THE GREAT ALLEGHENY PASSAGE AND C & O CANAL, Bicycling Great Places
It’s hard to believe that a continuous off-road bike trail connects two metropolitan areas over 300 miles apart, in the USA anyway. The author biked the Allegheny Passage rail-trail and the connecting C & O Canal towpath through the mountains and then along the Potomac River from Pittsburgh to Washington, DC. This book describes two tours. In 2012, it was with a Pittsburgh friend that eventually saw the author continue alone to Philadelphia, New York, and finally Toronto. The following year’s tour included the author’s wife, Dana, and cousins Rick and Dot from Philadelphia. 2013, 79 pages, 6 by 9 in. $9.95.
BICYCLE TOURING IN THE NETHERLANDS, Bicycling Great Places, Again
David and Dana finally experienced The Netherlands, long after the rest of the world already knew this was bicycling-central. It’s the normal way of getting around for many of it’s citizens. For visiting cyclists, the facilities are already there and wonderful. In the spring of 2014, Dana and David Siskind from Minnesota (USA) toured the southern half of The Netherlands on rented bikes. They saw a lot in two weeks but also realized they’d missed a lot. They returned in 2016 to visit places north of busy, hectic and beautiful Amsterdam. Unfortunately, they had to cut short this visit after only seven riding days when Dana did a crash when riding off the bike path. Healed and back in the saddle, both returned with their Bike Fridays in the spring of 2017 determined to finish the aborted year’s before tour. The bicycling is great in this beautiful country with paths, trails, and lanes everywhere, extensive bike access, easy terrain and great bicycle-specific maps. Incidentally, the people are really nice, highly industrious, and lovers of art of all kinds. 2017, 109 pages, 6 by9, $9.
PORTLAND TO SAN FRANCISCO ON THE PACIFIC COAST ROUTE, Bicycling Great Places
The Pacific Coast is one of Adventure Cycling’s most popular long-distance bicycle touring routes. The author explored this route in 2010 and again 2014, both times, ending in San Francisco. The first included the Oregon section of Adventure Cycling’s then new Sierra Cascade Route and then onto the northern California coast. The return trip in 2014 included much of the Oregon coast but plans to bike the Sierras in California were dropped because of high heat and ongoing wildfires. Both tours included a visit and biking with the author’s long-time riding partner Tom O’Brien. Both are getting up in years, 72 for David and 78 for Tom as of the summer 2014. They hope there are still some tours in their futures. 2015, 58 pages, 6 by 9 in. $9.95.
NEWFOUNDLAND, Bicycling Great Places
Newfoundland is the island provence of Canada farthest to the east. A longitude line extended north from there hits the coast of Greenland. The Vikings were there in about the year 1000 and the Italian sailor, sponsored by the King of England and renamed John Cabot, visited in 1497. It is aptly called “The Rock” for its mostly rocky coasts and having mountains resembling the Appalachians. The author biked up the west coast in 2011 to the far north where Viking artifacts were found, proving, that they had been there before Columbus’ “discovery”. The author returned with his wife Dana to explore the rest of the island in 2015. Sought were coastal fishing villages, numerous rocky headlands, whales and icebergs. Unexpectedly, that became primarily a car tour, with bikes, because of unusually cold, windy and wet summer weather and realizing that the terrain and roads in Newfoundland’s east were not bike friendly. 2015, 103 pages, 6 by 9 in. $9.95.