Sunday, April 27, 2008


Readers of "Two Wheels North" know that Vic and Ray carried a Billiken with them in 1909.  Billiken ("The God of Things As They Ought to Be") was the patron of the Alaska Pacific Yukon Exposition, and they had purchased one of the small ceramic figurines from a traveling publicity show.  
In keeping with the spirit of the ride, Wheels North will carry a Billiken with us.  We have an authentic, 1909 Billiken, which will ride back to Seattle for a 100-year homecoming.
In addition to Billiken, our own Groovy Boy will be along for the ride, continuing his own world travels.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Green Wheels

Vic and Ray tread lightly upon the land during their epic ride, and so will we.  Wheels North will incorporate a number of practices to reduce the impact of our event on the land, water, and air.  Click here for more information on how we will go "green."

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Event in Chehalis

We'll be stopping in Chehalis, WA, at the end of our first day in Washington state. While we're there, we'll stop at the Antique Motorcycle Museum, which includes in its  collection one of the first US-made bicycles. A nice stop for our historic ride!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Videos from the Big Fix 500

Videos from the Big Fix 500. Be sure to watch the Texas Gold Sprint--it's amazing.

Walter Hits 1000 Laps

Walter Chalks Up Another Lap

Walter Circles the Track

Texas Gold Sprint Final

Wheels North Day-by-Day Itinerary Released

Here is the day-by-day itinerary for next year's ride!  Check the Wheels North web site for additional information, including potential special events that we are working on for each day.

July 4 - Santa Rosa to Winters
July 5 - Winters to Corning
July 6 - Corning to Dunsmuir
July 7 - Dunsmuir to Yreka
July 8 - Yreka to Ashland (First Day in Oregon!)
July 9 - Rest day in Ashland
July 10 - Ashland to Grants Pass
July 11 - Grants Pass to Eugene
July 12 - Eugene to Salem
July 13 - Salem to Portland
July 14 - Rest Day in Portland
July 15 - Portland to Chehalis (First Day in Washington!)
July 16 - Chehalis to Seattle
July 17 - Special Events in Seattle

Monday, April 21, 2008

Big Fix 500 Photos

Photos from Walter Dawes' "Big Fix 500" ride are now online, here.
Walter crashed before reaching his goal, but he promised to be in Santa Rosa next year for Wheels North!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Dawg's Big Ride Ends Early

Katy, TX -- Walter Dawes' attempt to ride 500 miles in 24 hours ended early when another rider slid down the track and into his bike.  More photos and videos from Walter's big ride will be posted soon.  
Walter promises to be healed and ready for Wheels North next year.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Big Fix 500

Houston, TX--We have just arrived here for tomorrow's (today's?) start of the Big Fix 500, an attempt by fellow Big Fix alumnus Walter "Big Dawg" Dawes to ride 500 miles in 24 hours on a fixed gear bicycle.  Watch for photos (and video, if possible) from the event!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

More Wheels North History

We are very fortunate to have the support of Evelyn McDaniel Gibb, author of "Two Wheels North," as we plan for our centennial commemoration of the original ride.  Evelyn has been very generous with her time, but she has outdone herself now.

Evelyn has loaned us her entire collection of the postcards sent back to Santa Rosa by Vic McDaniel, her father and one of the heroes of Two Wheels North.  What an incredible piece of cycling history!

We'll be scanning all of the postcards (some of which have never been published) and posting them at Wheels North.  Evelyn also sent copies of a number of maps and articles that she used in the writing of Two Wheels North, and we'll be posting those as well.

Thank you, Evelyn!