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The Founders Podcast / August 2022
Hear from the founders of Dirty Freehub, Kevin and Linda English, about what is happening behind the scenes at Dirty Freehub. We all know that Dirty Freehub is about great routes, but hear about the advocacy and education work going on within Dirty Freehub. In this episode, Kevin and Linda talk about the first year of Dirty Freehub being a non-profit, the refined mission, the collaborative work with other organizations, where they are searching out new routes and what to expect down the road .... gravel road that is! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- This podcast is produced by Dirty Freehub, a nonprofit organization that publishes hand-curated (and great!) gravel cycling route guides. Our mission is to connect gravel cyclists to where they ride through stories about culture, history, people, places, and lands with the hope that they will become involved as advocates, volunteers, or donors with organizations that protect and preserve recreation spaces. Our Podcast Channel  / The Connection  Our Route Guides / Dirty Freehub Our Ask / Donate
16:50
August 10, 2022
What is a Wilderness Area?
When you think of a wilderness area, you may think of some form of natural area. Erik Fernandez from Oregon Wild explains to us the depths of what a wilderness area actually encompasses. And why sometimes they have rules that limit your ability to ride your bike.   Photo Credit: Justin Rhode This podcast is produced by Dirty Freehub, a nonprofit organization that publishes hand-curated (and great!) gravel cycling route guides. Our mission is to connect gravel cyclists to where they ride through stories about culture, history, people, places, and lands with the hope that they will become involved as advocates, volunteers, or donors with organizations that protect and preserve recreation spaces. Our Podcast Channel  / The Connection  Our Route Guides / Dirty Freehub Our Ask / Donate
16:52
July 26, 2022
All About Basalt with the Rock Doctor
You may see these rocks in Eastern and Central Oregon, but what exactly are Basalt rocks? Joining us today is Dr. Kim Ely discussing how Basalt rocks differ from other types of rocks.  ------------------------------- This podcast is produced by Dirty Freehub, a nonprofit organization that publishes hand-curated (and great!) gravel cycling route guides. Our mission is to connect gravel cyclists to where they ride through stories about culture, history, people, places, and lands with the hope that they will become involved as advocates, volunteers, or donors with organizations that protect and preserve recreation spaces. Our Podcast Channel  / The Connection Our Route Guides / Dirty FreehubOur Ask / Donate
08:09
July 07, 2022
The Bear of Steel Sculpture
How do you make a 27 foot tall steel bear for the town of Madras, Oregon?  Dial in with Chris Buffalo Fulsom who talks about the inspiration for the mother bear with her three cubs.  You'll find this amazing sculpture on Dirty Freehub's Poke The Bear gravel bike route.   ------------------------------- This podcast is produced by Dirty Freehub, a nonprofit organization that publishes hand-curated (and great!) gravel cycling route guides. Our mission is to connect gravel cyclists to where they ride through stories about culture, history, people, places, and lands with the hope that they will become involved as advocates, volunteers, or donors with organizations that protect and preserve recreation spaces. Our Podcast Channel  / The Connection  Our Route Guides / Dirty Freehub Our Ask / Donate
10:12
June 28, 2022
50 years with Sunnyside Sports
Today we will be talking how Bend, bikes and bike shops have evolved in the last 50 years. Who knows better than Susan Conner who is the owner of Sunnyside Sports here in Bend. This year marks their 50-year anniversary since the shop opened in 1972! ------------------------------- This podcast is produced by Dirty Freehub, a nonprofit organization that publishes hand-curated (and great!) gravel cycling route guides. Our mission is to connect gravel cyclists to where they ride through stories about culture, history, people, places, and lands with the hope that they will become involved as advocates, volunteers, or donors with organizations that protect and preserve recreation spaces. Our Podcast Channel  / The Connection  Our Route Guides / Dirty Freehub Our Ask / Donate
13:16
June 21, 2022
Cycling + Art + Music = the Old Churchill School
In Baker City, Oregon there is this old-school historic elementary school, The Churchill School, that has been turned into an eclectic mix of art studio, bike hostel, high-end Airbnb, movie house, and dance studio. We talk with Brian and Corrine Vegter, the curators and owners of this special place.  The Dirty Freehub Team of Kevin and Linda English have stayed here and loved it. They camped out in their van in the back, saw a movie, visited the art gallery (and bought a piece of art), did a number of bike rides right from the school, and had great times talking with Brian and Corrine. We strongly recommend giving it a try! Website: churchillbaker.com Instagram: @churchill.baker and @churchilloldschoolhostel Facebook: churchillartmusicrecreation YouTube: churchhillschoolartmusicrecreation ------------------------------- This podcast is produced by Dirty Freehub, a nonprofit organization that publishes hand-curated (and great!) gravel cycling route guides. Our mission is to connect gravel cyclists to where they ride through stories about culture, history, people, places, and lands with the hope that they will become involved as advocates, volunteers, or donors with organizations that protect and preserve recreation spaces. Our Podcast Channel  / The Connection  Our Route Guides / Dirty Freehub Our Ask / Donate
14:37
June 18, 2022
Old Growth Forests
There are only 10-15% of old-growth forests left in Oregon. Erik Fernandez, Wilderness Program Manager, from Oregon Wild describes old-growth forests and how we can work on doing our parts to help protect the little old-growth we have left. Love where you ride! https://oregonwild.org/ https://oregonwild.org/connect-us Photo Credit: Erik Fernandez ------------------------------- This podcast is produced by Dirty Freehub, a nonprofit organization that publishes hand-curated (and great!) gravel cycling route guides. Our mission is to connect gravel cyclists to where they ride through stories about culture, history, people, places, and lands with the hope that they will become involved as advocates, volunteers, or donors with organizations that protect and preserve recreation spaces. Our Podcast Channel  / The Connection  Our Route Guides / Dirty Freehub Our Ask / Donate
17:09
June 06, 2022
Two Bulls Fire
In June of 2014, two fires started nearly simultaneously sweeping through the Skyline Forest which have become known as the Two Bulls Fire. Paul Dewey, Founder of Central Oregon Land Watch describes "the mushroom cloud" and the significance of the fires just outside of Bend, Oregon. Love where you ride! https://www.centraloregonlandwatch.org/ https://www.centraloregonlandwatch.org/skyline https://www.deschuteslandtrust.org/about-us/our-work/current-projects/skyline-forest Photo Credit: James Parsons ------------------------------- This podcast is produced by Dirty Freehub, a nonprofit organization that publishes hand-curated (and great!) gravel cycling route guides. Our mission is to connect gravel cyclists to where they ride through stories about culture, history, people, places, and lands with the hope that they will become involved as advocates, volunteers, or donors with organizations that protect and preserve recreation spaces. Our Podcast Channel  / The Connection  Our Route Guides / Dirty Freehub Our Ask / Donate
10:10
May 29, 2022
Buenos Aires Wildlife Refuge - Big, Bold, and Beautiful!
Hosting gorgeous grassland framed by the Baboquivari Mountains to the west, this wildlife refuge in Southern Arizona is home to pronghorn, mule and white-tailed deer javelina, coyotes, coatimundis, mountain lions and over 320 species of birds including an assortment of raptors and the endangered Masked Bobwhite Quail  Dirt roads course through the refuge providing great opportunities for gravel cycling.  On the show, we talk with Reta Rutledge who is Vice-President of the Friends of Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge. Friends of Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge ------------------------------- This podcast is produced by Dirty Freehub, a nonprofit organization that publishes hand-curated (and great!) gravel cycling route guides. Our mission is to connect gravel cyclists to where they ride through stories about culture, history, people, places, and lands with the hope that they will become involved as advocates, volunteers, or donors with organizations that protect and preserve recreation spaces. Our Podcast Channel  / The Connection  Our Route Guides / Dirty Freehub Our Ask / Donate
13:14
May 23, 2022
Tractors, Bulls and Lycra
In this podcast, we talk with Daarla K who is a rancher and farmer in northeast Oregon. She and her husband operate a 1000-acre farm that has been in his family since 1886. Learn how to safely pass by big tractors and combines, how to get through a cattle drive, and what aggressive behavior by a bull looks like. We also talk about how to support local farmers. ------------------------------- This podcast is produced by Dirty Freehub, a nonprofit organization that publishes hand-curated (and great!) gravel cycling route guides. Our mission is to connect gravel cyclists to where they ride through stories about culture, history, people, places, and lands with the hope that they will become involved as advocates, volunteers, or donors with organizations that protect and preserve recreation spaces. Our Podcast Channel  / The Connection  Our Route Guides / Dirty Freehub Our Ask / Donate  
14:13
May 22, 2022
Mecca Grade Estate Malt
Today we talk beer, malt, farming and what it looks like when you combine them all in one place.  Our guest is Seth Klann who is a master brewer and the owner and operator of Mecca Grade Estate Malt located in Madras, Oregon. (Part of Dirty Freehub‘s Over the Rainbow route.)  This podcast was recorded onsite at Mecca Grade Estate Malt in front of a live audience as part of our Love Where You Ride Series.  ------------------------------- This podcast is produced by Dirty Freehub, a nonprofit organization that publishes hand-curated (and great!) gravel cycling route guides. Our mission is to connect gravel cyclists to where they ride through stories about culture, history, people, places, and lands with the hope that they will become involved as advocates, volunteers, or donors with organizations that protect and preserve recreation spaces. Our Podcast Channel  / The Connection  Our Route Guides / Dirty Freehub Our Ask / Donate
12:49
May 18, 2022
How to "Love Where You Ride!"
Does this mean smile and be happy and listen to some tunes as you ride? Or is it something else? Something bigger than just self? Not I, but we? In today's episode, we talk with Kait Boyle, who is the Co-Founder of Bikepacking Roots and the creator of the Love Where You Ride campaign. The campaign is an opportunity for backcountry cyclists to learn about their impact on the outdoors and how to minimize it. Bikepacking Roots partnered with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics to create the Love Where You Ride campaign Bikepacking Roots is an organization founded to support and advance bikepacking, the growth of a diverse bikepacking community, and access to and the conservation of the landscapes and public lands where cyclists ride.   The mission of Leave No Trace is to use the power of science, education and stewardship, to ensure a sustainable future for the outdoors and the planet. Love Where You Ride Campaign Bikepacking Roots Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics Kait Boyle ----------------------------------- This podcast is produced by Dirty Freehub, a nonprofit organization that publishes hand-curated (and great!) gravel cycling route guides. Our mission is to connect gravel cyclists to where they ride through stories about culture, history, people, places, and lands with the hope that they will become involved as advocates, volunteers, or donors with organizations that protect and preserve recreation spaces. Our Podcast Channel  / The Connection  Our Route Guides / Dirty Freehub Our Ask / Donate
18:30
May 12, 2022
Logging in the Old Mill
Bend, now a town of outdoor enthusiasts, micro-breweries, and technology used to be the center of timber production. The Old Mill District was the heart of this activity with two active mills, one on the east bank of the river and one on the west bank. In the 1950s over 50 rail cars per day would off-load timber into the river. On today's show, long-term resident and bad-ass gravel cyclist Jeff Boulet shares snippets of history with us.  More Information: Deschutes Historical Museum ------------------------------- This podcast is produced by Dirty Freehub, a nonprofit organization that publishes hand-curated (and great!) gravel cycling route guides. Our mission is to connect gravel cyclists to where they ride through stories about culture, history, people, places, and lands with the hope that they will become involved as advocates, volunteers, or donors with organizations that protect and preserve recreation spaces. Our Podcast Channel  / The Connection  Our Route Guides / Dirty Freehub Our Ask / Donate
10:21
May 07, 2022
Trail building with Kent Howes
On today’s show we will be talking about the art of mountain bike trail building in Central Oregon. For us, gravel cyclists, some of these trails are super sweet to ride. Our guest is Kent Howes who is a master trail builder and has been building trails for over 30 years, he’s also been a professional trail builder since 2007.  ------------------------------- This podcast is produced by Dirty Freehub, a nonprofit organization that publishes hand-curated (and great!) gravel cycling route guides. Our mission is to connect gravel cyclists to where they ride through stories about culture, history, people, places, and lands with the hope that they will become involved as advocates, volunteers, or donors with organizations that protect and preserve recreation spaces. Our Podcast Channel  / The Connection  Our Route Guides / Dirty Freehub Our Ask / Donate
12:04
April 19, 2022
Brown's Ranch, AZ - Why it's a special place to ride!
Sonoran Desert cycling means taking in saguaros and beautiful exposed geology. A great place to see and ride through the desert in Arizona is Brown's Ranch. Brown's Ranch is located within the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, an incredible area conserved in Scottsdale, Arizona. On today's episode, we talk with Stu Alt, a trail steward and local who walks us through the geology, plant-life, history, and riding at Brown's Ranch. More Information: Brown's Ranch ------------------------------- This podcast is produced by Dirty Freehub, a nonprofit organization that publishes hand-curated (and great!) gravel cycling route guides. Our mission is to connect gravel cyclists to where they ride through stories about culture, history, people, places, and lands with the hope that they will become involved as advocates, volunteers, or donors with organizations that protect and preserve recreation spaces. Our Podcast Channel  / The Connection  Our Route Guides / Dirty Freehub Our Ask / Donate
11:56
April 06, 2022
Ryan Ranch Medows
Ryan Ranch area was homesteaded in the 1890s. In the 1920s a berm along the Deschutes River was constructed to keep the river from flooding valuable pasture land. Prior to this, the area historically functioned as an emergent freshwater marsh that was connected to surface flows from the Deschutes River. In the early 2010s, the meadow was reconnected to the Deschutes River through a restoration project. In this podcast, we talk with Peter Sussmann of the National Forest Service to learn more about the project and its impacts on wildlife. ------------------------------- This podcast is produced by Dirty Freehub, a nonprofit organization that publishes hand-curated (and great!) gravel cycling route guides. Our mission is to connect gravel cyclists to where they ride through stories about culture, history, people, places, and lands with the hope that they will become involved as advocates, volunteers, or donors with organizations that protect and preserve recreation spaces. Our Podcast Channel  / The Connection  Our Route Guides / Dirty Freehub Our Ask / Donate
05:17
April 05, 2022
The Balance of Recreation and Conservation
In today’s podcast, we will discuss the balance of conservation and recreation, and what recreational enthusiasts can do to protect the lands that are important to them.  Joining us is John Sterling who severed for 17 years as the Executive Director of the Conservation Alliance. Prior to that, he was the Director of Environmental Programs at Patagonia. ------------------------------- This podcast is produced by Dirty Freehub, a nonprofit organization that publishes hand-curated (and great!) gravel cycling route guides. Our mission is to connect gravel cyclists to where they ride through stories about culture, history, people, places, and lands with the hope that they will become involved as advocates, volunteers, or donors with organizations that protect and preserve recreation spaces. Our Podcast Channel  / The Connection  Our Route Guides / Dirty Freehub Our Ask / Donate
08:08
March 28, 2022
Skyline Forest (It's not public land?)
What! It is not public land? Ben Gordon, Executive Director of Central Oregon Land Watch, joins us to discuss a large area of private land called Skyline Forest and what the future entails for this 33,000 acres of land. Stay involved! https://www.centraloregonlandwatch.org/ https://www.centraloregonlandwatch.org/skyline https://www.deschuteslandtrust.org/about-us/our-work/current-projects/skyline-forest ------------------------------- This podcast is produced by Dirty Freehub, a nonprofit organization that publishes hand-curated (and great!) gravel cycling route guides. Our mission is to connect gravel cyclists to where they ride through stories about culture, history, people, places, and lands with the hope that they will become involved as advocates, volunteers, or donors with organizations that protect and preserve recreation spaces. Our Podcast Channel  / The Connection  Our Route Guides / Dirty Freehub Our Ask / Donate Photo Credit: James Parsons.
10:53
March 06, 2022
Hayrick Butte with The Rock Doctor
The rock doctor is in the house! Dr. Kim Ely discusses about the unique geological features of Hayrick Butte, a rare type of volcano located in the Willamette National Forest next to the Hoodoo ski area. ------------------------------- This podcast is produced by Dirty Freehub, a nonprofit organization that publishes hand-curated (and great!) gravel cycling route guides. Our mission is to connect gravel cyclists to where they ride through stories about culture, history, people, places, and lands with the hope that they will become involved as advocates, volunteers, or donors with organizations that protect and preserve recreation spaces. Our Podcast Channel  / The Connection  Our Route Guides / Dirty Freehub Our Ask / Donate
09:32
March 01, 2022
Making Bikes From Wood
When someone says “wooden bike”, what do you think of? Before I started talking to my friend Sam who rides a wooden gravel bike, I always thought wooden bikes were either a piece of art, some strange gimmick or maybe a child’s strider bike. Today we will be talking with Scott Campbell who is the founder of Celilo Cycles here in Oregon and their specialty is wooden bikes. ------------------------------- This podcast is produced by Dirty Freehub, a nonprofit organization that publishes hand-curated (and great!) gravel cycling route guides. Our mission is to connect gravel cyclists to where they ride through stories about culture, history, people, places, and lands with the hope that they will become involved as advocates, volunteers, or donors with organizations that protect and preserve recreation spaces. Our Podcast Channel  / The Connection  Our Route Guides / Dirty Freehub Our Ask / Donate
10:24
February 22, 2022
Cycling infrastructure and community involvement with Peter Werner
Today we will be talking about cycling infrastructure, community, accountability and involvement. Our special guest is Bend lawyer and cyclist Peter Werner. This is a must listen to for all cyclists, including gravel cyclists, as we sometimes venture out onto the pavement in our rides. ------------------------------- This podcast is produced by Dirty Freehub, a nonprofit organization that publishes hand-curated (and great!) gravel cycling route guides. Our mission is to connect gravel cyclists to where they ride through stories about culture, history, people, places, and lands with the hope that they will become involved as advocates, volunteers, or donors with organizations that protect and preserve recreation spaces. Our Podcast Channel  / The Connection  Our Route Guides / Dirty Freehub Our Ask / Donate
12:13
February 02, 2022
Wildlife Encounters - What To Do When You Feel Threatened
What happens if I encounter wildlife and I feel scared or threatened?  This is a compilation of two interviews, one with Amy Stuart, who worked for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for 30 years, and another conversation with Lauri Turner and Brock McCormick who are both Wildlife Biologists with the Deschutes National Forest. ------------------------------- This podcast is produced by Dirty Freehub, a nonprofit organization that publishes hand-curated (and great!) gravel cycling route guides. Our mission is to connect gravel cyclists to where they ride through stories about culture, history, people, places, and lands with the hope that they will become involved as advocates, volunteers, or donors with organizations that protect and preserve recreation spaces. Our Podcast Channel  / The Connection  Our Route Guides / Dirty Freehub Our Ask / Donate
07:51
January 18, 2022
Wildlife Impact Part 2 (w/ Lauri Turner & Brock McCormick)
We continue our discussion on the impact we as cyclist have on wildlife and our surroundings. Joining us is Lauri Turner and Brock McCormick who are both Wildlife Biologists with the Deschutes National Forest. Podcast art provided by:  Andrew Walch, ODFW. ------------------------------- This podcast is produced by Dirty Freehub, a nonprofit organization that publishes hand-curated (and great!) gravel cycling route guides. Our mission is to connect gravel cyclists to where they ride through stories about culture, history, people, places, and lands with the hope that they will become involved as advocates, volunteers, or donors with organizations that protect and preserve recreation spaces. Our Podcast Channel  / The Connection  Our Route Guides / Dirty Freehub Our Ask / Donate
11:59
December 23, 2021
Bike Talk with CX Pro Kerry Werner
Meet Kerry Werner, a cyclocross pro that is worth keeping an eye out in the CX world. Kerry has competed in multiple World Championships for the US National Team and won his first elite title in 2019 at the Pan Am Champs. Although cyclocross racing is a bike part of Kerry's cycling career, today we get to chat with Kerry both in and out of racing and tips for planning for a big cycling adventure ride.  ------------------------------- This podcast is produced by Dirty Freehub, a nonprofit organization that publishes hand-curated (and great!) gravel cycling route guides. Our mission is to connect gravel cyclists to where they ride through stories about culture, history, people, places, and lands with the hope that they will become involved as advocates, volunteers, or donors with organizations that protect and preserve recreation spaces. Our Podcast Channel  / The Connection  Our Route Guides / Dirty Freehub Our Ask / Donate
12:30
December 21, 2021
Decommissioning Forest Service Roads
Learn more about Forest Service road decommissioning, how this impacts us as cyclist, and what we can do to help.  Joining us is Brock McCormick who is Biologist with the Deschutes National Forest.   Some additional information about COD Alt Route: The COD alt route overlaps with the Tumalo Winter Range Cooperative Closure Area and is designated as a Deer Habitat Management Area in our Forest Management Plan (with the primary objective to provide for optimal mule deer habitat). The area has a very high density of open roads and trails that contribute to high disturbance levels for wildlife.  Podcast art provided by:  Andrew Walch, ODFW. ------------------------------- This podcast is produced by Dirty Freehub, a nonprofit organization that publishes hand-curated (and great!) gravel cycling route guides. Our mission is to connect gravel cyclists to where they ride through stories about culture, history, people, places, and lands with the hope that they will become involved as advocates, volunteers, or donors with organizations that protect and preserve recreation spaces. Our Podcast Channel  / The Connection  Our Route Guides / Dirty Freehub Our Ask / Donate
14:49
December 17, 2021
The Story of Leadfield & the Titus Canyon Road
There is a rugged, gnarly gravel road, the only road, through the Grapevine Mountains in Death Valley National Park. It is the Titus Canyon Road - a great gravel bike ride, 25 miles with an elevation loss of over 5000 feet. But ... how did that road come to be? In this podcast, we talk with Jeremy Stoltzfus, a Death Valley Park Ranger who is in charge of mining history and artifacts. Jeremy has been with the park service for over 16 years, all the time in Death Valley. ------------------------------- This podcast is produced by Dirty Freehub, a nonprofit organization that publishes hand-curated (and great!) gravel cycling route guides. Our mission is to connect gravel cyclists to where they ride through stories about culture, history, people, places, and lands with the hope that they will become involved as advocates, volunteers, or donors with organizations that protect and preserve recreation spaces. Our Podcast Channel  / The Connection  Our Route Guides / Dirty Freehub Our Ask / Donate
30:01
December 15, 2021
Wildlife & Impact Part 1 (w/ Amy Stuart)
As a cyclist, I usually think I don’t have much of an impact on my natural surroundings when I ride. I’m on a bike, it’s not motorized, it’s fairly quiet.  Join our conversation as we learn about the impact we have as cyclists on wildlife and how we can mitigate this impact.  Our guest today is Amy Stuart who has worked for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife with 30 years. _______________________________ Additional Information: Sustaining wildlife with recreation on public lands: a synthesis of research findings, management practices, and research needs. Gen Tech Rept Link: https://www.fs.usda.gov/treesearch/pubs/61721 Hiking, mountain biking and equestrian use in natural areas: A recreation ecology literature review Link: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/320084633_Hiking_mountain_biking_and_equestrian_use_in_natural_areas_A_recreation_ecology_literature_review Seeking Ground Less Traveled: Elk Responses to Recreation Link: https://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/sciencef/scifi219.pdf Elk Responses to Recreation on Public Forests Link: https://ecoshare.info/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/6-Rowland.pdf _______________________________ Amy's Bio: Amy Stuart received a B.S. from Cornell University and a M.S. from Colorado State University in Wildlife Sciences and Management back in the Pleistocene (1977 and 1980).  After wandering and working in several western states, she settled down, worked for and recently retired from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife with 30 years of public service.  Most of her work was as a fish biologist, but with experiences ranging from ocean salmon management on the coast, to fish habitat biologist in the John Day basin, to hydro project biologist east of the Cascades, and most recently as the Deschutes Basin manager.  Amy loves the outdoors and cares about protecting and conserving our incredible resources in central Oregon but also enjoys a variety of recreation such as fishing, hunting, hiking, kayaking, well…..almost everything outside. -------------------------------------------- This podcast is produced by Dirty Freehub, a nonprofit organization that publishes hand-curated (and great!) gravel cycling route guides. Our mission is to connect gravel cyclists to where they ride through stories about culture, history, people, places, and lands with the hope that they will become involved as advocates, volunteers, or donors with organizations that protect and preserve recreation spaces. Our Podcast Channel  / The Connection  Our Route Guides / Dirty Freehub Our Ask / Donate
15:25
December 08, 2021
The Story of Dirty Freehub
We sit down with the founders of Dirty Freehub to hear Linda and Kevin share their story.  Hear how they started as a homespun website and have grown to an organization of 15+ people.  Their mission has expanded from providing great gravel routes to connecting cyclists to where they ride. We also learn what it takes to build great routes, and fund an organization doing all they do. ------------------------------- This podcast is produced by Dirty Freehub, a nonprofit organization that publishes hand-curated (and great!) gravel cycling route guides. Our mission is to connect gravel cyclists to where they ride through stories about culture, history, people, places, and lands with the hope that they will become involved as advocates, volunteers, or donors with organizations that protect and preserve recreation spaces. Our Podcast Channel  / The Connection  Our Route Guides / Dirty Freehub Our Ask / Donate
21:23
November 10, 2021
Big, Old Barns! The Wallowa Barn Tour
Learn all about the Wallowa Barn Tour. In this episode, we talk with Jennifer Piper of the Wallowa Chamber of Commerce and Alana Carollo of the Eastern Oregon Visitors Association. Learn how the Barn Tour got started, what you will see. We also talk about two other ways to experience the culture of the area: Farm Trails and a historic collection of farm implements. Links Wallowa Barn Tour Info & Map Wallowa Chamber of Commerce Wallowa Chamber of Commerce Facebook Page Wallowa Chamber of Commerce Instagram Page Eastern Oregon Visitors Association Eastern Oregon Visitors Association Facebook Page Eastern Oregon Visitors Association Instagram Page ------------------------------------------------------------------------- This podcast is produced by Dirty Freehub, a nonprofit organization that publishes hand-curated (and great!) gravel cycling route guides. Our mission is to connect gravel cyclists to where they ride through stories about culture, history, people, places, and lands with the hope that they will become involved as advocates, volunteers, or donors with organizations that protect and preserve recreation spaces. Our Podcast Channel  / The Connection  Our Route Guides / Dirty Freehub Our Ask / Donate
11:11
November 01, 2021
Bike Karma - Walking out of a store and your bike is gone!
What happens when you walk out to your car after shopping and your bike has been stolen?  For many of us, this is our worst nightmare.  Find out what happened to one gravel cyclist in Portland. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- This podcast is produced by Dirty Freehub, a nonprofit organization that publishes hand-curated (and great!) gravel cycling route guides. Our mission is to connect gravel cyclists to where they ride through stories about culture, history, people, places, and lands with the hope that they will become involved as advocates, volunteers, or donors with organizations that protect and preserve recreation spaces. Our Podcast Channel  / The Connection  Our Route Guides / Dirty Freehub Our Ask / Donate
11:26
October 27, 2021
Blue Mountain Land Trust ( recreation, education, and conservation)!
We all have heard the term "land trust". But, do you really know what a land trust does? Why land trusts may be the most important element to recreation and wildlife habitat conservation moving forward? In this podcast, we speak with Amanda Martino, the Conservation Director, with the Blue Mountain Land Trust.  We talk about what is a land trust, the operating area of the Blue Mountain Land Trust (BMLT), the organization priorities, and give a bit more time to wildlife habitat conservation. As gravel cyclists, we have an impact on wildlife when we ride in the forests, and land trusts are one mechanism to offset our wildlife impact.  You can find out more about Blue Mountain Land Trust here: https://bmlt.org/ --------------------------------------------------------------------------- This podcast is produced by Dirty Freehub, a nonprofit organization that publishes hand-curated (and great!) gravel cycling route guides. Our mission is to connect gravel cyclists to where they ride through stories about culture, history, people, places, and lands with the hope that they will become involved as advocates, volunteers, or donors with organizations that protect and preserve recreation spaces. Our Podcast Channel  / The Connection  Our Route Guides / Dirty Freehub Our Ask / Donate
11:27
October 26, 2021
The Magic of the Ochoco Mountains
Joining us is James Good of Good Bike Co.  Find out what makes the Ochocos such a special place and hear about out some of James' favorite routes.  James talks about the Ochocos being good for both one day excursions and multi-day bike packing adventures all leaving.  The Ochocos are magical because of their old growth trees, low traffic, abundance of gravel roads, great single track and even some good options for the roadies. ------------------------------- This podcast is produced by Dirty Freehub, a nonprofit organization that publishes hand-curated (and great!) gravel cycling route guides. Our mission is to connect gravel cyclists to where they ride through stories about culture, history, people, places, and lands with the hope that they will become involved as advocates, volunteers, or donors with organizations that protect and preserve recreation spaces. Our Podcast Channel  / The Connection  Our Route Guides / Dirty Freehub Our Ask / Donate
11:52
October 21, 2021
Farm Talk with Nicholas Kristof
In this podcast, we talk with Nicholas Kristof, the award-winning columnist from the New York Times, and farm owner in the Willamette Valley. The Willamette Valley is one of the most fertile agricultural areas in America and a highly important economic driver for Oregon. In the valley, it accounts for $2.3 billion dollars while tourism accounts for $966 million dollars. A ratio of 2.4 to 1. With Nicholas, we talk about growing up on a farm, the challenges of farming, and some of the opportunities for rural and urban Oregonians to come together. This podcast is produced by Dirty Freehub, a nonprofit organization that publishes hand-curated (and great!) gravel cycling route guides. Our mission is to connect gravel cyclists to where they ride through stories about culture, history, people, places, and lands with the hope that they will become involved as advocates, volunteers, or donors with organizations that protect and preserve recreation spaces. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Our Podcast Channel  / The Connection  Our Route Guides / Dirty Freehub Our Ask / Donate
14:34
October 19, 2021
Black Mountain Conservation Project Near Big Summit Prairie
Learn how the Central Oregon Land Watch and Rory Isbell advocate and protect our lands here in Central Oregon. ------------------------------- This podcast is produced by Dirty Freehub, a nonprofit organization that publishes hand-curated (and great!) gravel cycling route guides. Our mission is to connect gravel cyclists to where they ride through stories about culture, history, people, places, and lands with the hope that they will become involved as advocates, volunteers, or donors with organizations that protect and preserve recreation spaces. Our Podcast Channel  / The Connection  Our Route Guides / Dirty Freehub Our Ask / Donate
17:39
September 29, 2021
History of Drake Park
Learn more about the history of Drake Park!. Joining us today is Kelly Cannon Miller, the Executive Director of the Deschutes Historical Museum and Vanessa Ivey the Manager of the Deschutes Historical Museum. ------------------------------- This podcast is produced by Dirty Freehub, a nonprofit organization that publishes hand-curated (and great!) gravel cycling route guides. Our mission is to connect gravel cyclists to where they ride through stories about culture, history, people, places, and lands with the hope that they will become involved as advocates, volunteers, or donors with organizations that protect and preserve recreation spaces. Our Podcast Channel  / The Connection  Our Route Guides / Dirty Freehub Our Ask / Donate
16:03
September 15, 2021
Oldest Structure In Deschutes County and Homesteading
We’re going to learn about the oldest existing structure in Deschutes County and how homesteading impacts us today. Joining us once again is Kelly Cannon Miller, the Executive Director of the Deschutes Historical Museum and Vanessa Ivey the Manager of the Deschutes Historical Museum. -------------------------------------------- This podcast is produced by Dirty Freehub, a nonprofit organization that publishes hand-curated (and great!) gravel cycling route guides. Our mission is to connect gravel cyclists to where they ride through stories about culture, history, people, places, and lands with the hope that they will become involved as advocates, volunteers, or donors with organizations that protect and preserve recreation spaces. Our Podcast Channel  / The Connection  Our Route Guides / Dirty Freehub Our Ask / Donate
18:09
September 13, 2021
History of The Old Mill
Learn about the history of the Old Mill, how it influenced the name of our city and what it looked and felt like when the mills were operating. Joining us is Kelly Cannon Miller, the Executive Director of the Deschutes Historical Museum and Vanessa Ivey the Manager of the Deschutes Historical Museum. -------------------------------------------- This podcast is produced by Dirty Freehub, a nonprofit organization that publishes hand-curated (and great!) gravel cycling route guides. Our mission is to connect gravel cyclists to where they ride through stories about culture, history, people, places, and lands with the hope that they will become involved as advocates, volunteers, or donors with organizations that protect and preserve recreation spaces. Our Podcast Channel  / The Connection  Our Route Guides / Dirty Freehub Our Ask / Donate
15:29
September 13, 2021
Route Development and Exploratory Routes
Find out what goes into gravel route development and what it’s like to do a Dirty Freehub exploratory route. Sometimes all goes well, other times it is an adventure and maybe even epic. Special guests Michelle and Gautum share their stories with us! -------------------------------------------- This podcast is produced by Dirty Freehub, a nonprofit organization that publishes hand-curated (and great!) gravel cycling route guides. Our mission is to connect gravel cyclists to where they ride through stories about culture, history, people, places, and lands with the hope that they will become involved as advocates, volunteers, or donors with organizations that protect and preserve recreation spaces. Our Podcast Channel  / The Connection  Our Route Guides / Dirty Freehub Our Ask / Donate
16:49
September 13, 2021
Vanlife with Michelle and Gautum
Hear the story of what it takes to get started, van selection and other Vanlife adventures and challenges. Michelle and Gautum purchased a used Sprinter van and have been living and riding out of it for the last year. We think they know a bit about the adventure of vanlife living! -------------------------------------------- This podcast is produced by Dirty Freehub, a nonprofit organization that publishes hand-curated (and great!) gravel cycling route guides. Our mission is to connect gravel cyclists to where they ride through stories about culture, history, people, places, and lands with the hope that they will become involved as advocates, volunteers, or donors with organizations that protect and preserve recreation spaces. Our Podcast Channel  / The Connection  Our Route Guides / Dirty Freehub Our Ask / Donate
22:48
September 13, 2021
Roundabouts in Bend (A short history)
In this podcast, we talk with Mike Hollern, the Chairman of the Board for Brooks Resources, about the early days of roundabouts in the city of Bend. Learn about the first roundabout, some of the challenges in building the first, and some of the unique benefits. -------------------------------------------- This podcast is produced by Dirty Freehub, a nonprofit organization that publishes hand-curated (and great!) gravel cycling route guides. Our mission is to connect gravel cyclists to where they ride through stories about culture, history, people, places, and lands with the hope that they will become involved as advocates, volunteers, or donors with organizations that protect and preserve recreation spaces. Our Podcast Channel  / The Connection  Our Route Guides / Dirty Freehub Our Ask / Donate
12:52
September 07, 2021
Ben's Trail (The History)
Did you know that Ben's Trail wasn't built initially for mountain biking but as a training trail for nordic skiing? Hear from Ben Husaby, the creator of Ben's Trail.  -------------------------------------------- This podcast is produced by Dirty Freehub, a nonprofit organization that publishes hand-curated (and great!) gravel cycling route guides. Our mission is to connect gravel cyclists to where they ride through stories about culture, history, people, places, and lands with the hope that they will become involved as advocates, volunteers, or donors with organizations that protect and preserve recreation spaces. Our Podcast Channel  / The Connection  Our Route Guides / Dirty Freehub Our Ask / Donate
08:08
September 03, 2021
Voodoo (The History)
Voodoo is a short trail segment that runs roughly along a contour line in Phil's trail system in Bend, Oregon. Do you know why that is? Hear from Ben Husaby, one of the creators of the Voodoo Trail. -------------------------------------------- This podcast is produced by Dirty Freehub, a nonprofit organization that publishes hand-curated (and great!) gravel cycling route guides. Our mission is to connect gravel cyclists to where they ride through stories about culture, history, people, places, and lands with the hope that they will become involved as advocates, volunteers, or donors with organizations that protect and preserve recreation spaces. Our Podcast Channel  / The Connection  Our Route Guides / Dirty Freehub Our Ask / Donate
02:20
September 03, 2021
Ben's Trail (It was a downhill trail? What?)
Here is more about the original design of Ben's trail from author, Ben Husaby. -------------------------------------------- This podcast is produced by Dirty Freehub, a nonprofit organization that publishes hand-curated (and great!) gravel cycling route guides. Our mission is to connect gravel cyclists to where they ride through stories about culture, history, people, places, and lands with the hope that they will become involved as advocates, volunteers, or donors with organizations that protect and preserve recreation spaces. Our Podcast Channel  / The Connection  Our Route Guides / Dirty Freehub Our Ask / Donate
03:41
September 03, 2021
Abbey Bike Tools (Precision is their religion!)
In this episode, we speak with the founder of Abbey Tools. Learn about how they got started, what it takes to make a great tool, and how they came up with the name. -------------------------------------------- This podcast is produced by Dirty Freehub, a nonprofit organization that publishes hand-curated (and great!) gravel cycling route guides. Our mission is to connect gravel cyclists to where they ride through stories about culture, history, people, places, and lands with the hope that they will become involved as advocates, volunteers, or donors with organizations that protect and preserve recreation spaces. Our Podcast Channel  / The Connection  Our Route Guides / Dirty Freehub Our Ask / Donate
12:52
September 03, 2021
Storm King or Cougar Trail?
Here is the little known story of what Storm King might have been called. -------------------------------------------- This podcast is produced by Dirty Freehub, a nonprofit organization that publishes hand-curated (and great!) gravel cycling route guides. Our mission is to connect gravel cyclists to where they ride through stories about culture, history, people, places, and lands with the hope that they will become involved as advocates, volunteers, or donors with organizations that protect and preserve recreation spaces. Our Podcast Channel  / The Connection  Our Route Guides / Dirty Freehub Our Ask / Donate
04:10
September 03, 2021
Trail Names (The Backstories)
Have you ever been riding at Phil’s and wondered, what do all these trail names mean and who came up with these? Eric L. Vickers, who was one of the pioneers responsible for the early formation of the Phil’s trail network, is going to answer these burning questions, many of us have. -------------------------------------------- This podcast is produced by Dirty Freehub, a nonprofit organization that publishes hand-curated (and great!) gravel cycling route guides. Our mission is to connect gravel cyclists to where they ride through stories about culture, history, people, places, and lands with the hope that they will become involved as advocates, volunteers, or donors with organizations that protect and preserve recreation spaces. Our Podcast Channel  / The Connection  Our Route Guides / Dirty Freehub Our Ask / Donate
11:27
September 03, 2021
The Phil's Area (The early days!)
Hear from the early trail builders Eric Vickers and Ben Husaby about the master plan at the Phil’s complex (or lack thereof), finding trails before maps, and what it meant to be a trail author. -------------------------------------------- This podcast is produced by Dirty Freehub, a nonprofit organization that publishes hand-curated (and great!) gravel cycling route guides. Our mission is to connect gravel cyclists to where they ride through stories about culture, history, people, places, and lands with the hope that they will become involved as advocates, volunteers, or donors with organizations that protect and preserve recreation spaces. Our Podcast Channel  / The Connection  Our Route Guides / Dirty Freehub Our Ask / Donate
07:06
September 03, 2021
ELV and Those Gnomes
Have you ever wondered about the backstory of the gnomes on the ELV trail in Bend, Oregon. Eric L Vickers talks a bit about how this all happened. Did you make the connection? ELV. Eric L Vickers. -------------------------------------------- This podcast is produced by Dirty Freehub, a nonprofit organization that publishes hand-curated (and great!) gravel cycling route guides. Our mission is to connect gravel cyclists to where they ride through stories about culture, history, people, places, and lands with the hope that they will become involved as advocates, volunteers, or donors with organizations that protect and preserve recreation spaces. Our Podcast Channel  / The Connection  Our Route Guides / Dirty Freehub Our Ask / Donate
04:13
August 28, 2021
Bend Parks / Multi-Use Path Etiquette
In this episode, we’re going to learn about proper bike etiquette on the Bend multi-use trails and paths. These paths are located throughout Bend in places the Old Mill, Shevlin Park and the Deschutes river. Our guest today is Henry Stroud who is a Planner at Bend Parks and Recreation. -------------------------------------------- This podcast is produced by Dirty Freehub, a nonprofit organization that publishes hand-curated (and great!) gravel cycling route guides. Our mission is to connect gravel cyclists to where they ride through stories about culture, history, people, places, and lands with the hope that they will become involved as advocates, volunteers, or donors with organizations that protect and preserve recreation spaces. Our Podcast Channel  / The Connection  Our Route Guides / Dirty Freehub Our Ask / Donate
13:37
August 26, 2021
Anthony Lakes Resort (Summer & Winter Fun!)
A quick intro to Anthony Lakes resort with Chelsea Judy, the Marketing Director. Learn about summer and winter activities from downhill skiing, to backcountry skiing, to nordic skiing, to mountain biking, to hiking, and great food. But did you know that Anthony Lakes resort is really Anthony Lakes Outdoor Recreation Association, a nonprofit organization with a mission of making the outdoors fun! How cool is that! -------------------------------------------- This podcast is produced by Dirty Freehub, a nonprofit organization that publishes hand-curated (and great!) gravel cycling route guides. Our mission is to connect gravel cyclists to where they ride through stories about culture, history, people, places, and lands with the hope that they will become involved as advocates, volunteers, or donors with organizations that protect and preserve recreation spaces. Our Podcast Channel  / The Connection  Our Route Guides / Dirty Freehub Our Ask / Donate
10:14
July 30, 2021
Women of Discovery (The story of a mural)
Here from the artist Douglas Robertson who created the mural of Women of Discovery near Discovery Park on the west side of Bend, Oregon. What was the inspiration for the piece? How was the work done? Where can you find more of his work. -------------------------------------------- This podcast is produced by Dirty Freehub, a nonprofit organization that publishes hand-curated (and great!) gravel cycling route guides. Our mission is to connect gravel cyclists to where they ride through stories about culture, history, people, places, and lands with the hope that they will become involved as advocates, volunteers, or donors with organizations that protect and preserve recreation spaces. Our Podcast Channel  / The Connection  Our Route Guides / Dirty Freehub Our Ask / Donate
09:37
July 16, 2021
Trailhead Stewardship Project (Trails!! Yeehaw!!)
Learn about the great trail work being done by the Trailhead Stewardship Project in the Wallowa - Whitman Nationa Forest near Baker City, Oregon. The Stewardship Project is an outreach effort by the Trailhead Bike shop in downtown Baker City and the Anthony Lakes Recreation Association, the non-profit managing and operating the Anthony Lakes ski area. -------------------------------------------- This podcast is produced by Dirty Freehub, a nonprofit organization that publishes hand-curated (and great!) gravel cycling route guides. Our mission is to connect gravel cyclists to where they ride through stories about culture, history, people, places, and lands with the hope that they will become involved as advocates, volunteers, or donors with organizations that protect and preserve recreation spaces. Our Podcast Channel  / The Connection  Our Route Guides / Dirty Freehub Our Ask / Donate
07:60
July 16, 2021
Lake Creek - Where salmon now run!
Lake Creek is an important tributary that runs into the Metolius River that is vital to salmon and trout habitat. Learn about the restoration efforts of the creek with Brad Chalfant, the former executive director of the Deschutes Land Trust. -------------------------------------------- This podcast is produced by Dirty Freehub, a nonprofit organization that publishes hand-curated (and great!) gravel cycling route guides. Our mission is to connect gravel cyclists to where they ride through stories about culture, history, people, places, and lands with the hope that they will become involved as advocates, volunteers, or donors with organizations that protect and preserve recreation spaces. Our Podcast Channel  / The Connection  Our Route Guides / Dirty Freehub Our Ask / Donate
09:44
July 15, 2021
Single-Track Trail Etiquette (Who has right of way?)
Ever wonder who has right of way on those single-track trails in Central Oregon? Downhill rider? Uphill rider? The runner? Who? In this episode of The Connection, we speak with Emmy Andrews the Executive Director of the Central Oregon Trail Alliance about trail etiquette.  -------------------------------------------- This podcast is produced by Dirty Freehub, a nonprofit organization that publishes hand-curated (and great!) gravel cycling route guides. Our mission is to connect gravel cyclists to where they ride through stories about culture, history, people, places, and lands with the hope that they will become involved as advocates, volunteers, or donors with organizations that protect and preserve recreation spaces. Our Podcast Channel  / The Connection  Our Route Guides / Dirty Freehub Our Ask / Donate
08:18
July 10, 2021
Mining Gold in the Blue Mountains
Learn a little about the gold mining history in the Blue Mountains, from dredge mining to hard-rock mining to some of the clean-up efforts.  -------------------------------------------- This podcast is produced by Dirty Freehub, a nonprofit organization that publishes hand-curated (and great!) gravel cycling route guides. Our mission is to connect gravel cyclists to where they ride through stories about culture, history, people, places, and lands with the hope that they will become involved as advocates, volunteers, or donors with organizations that protect and preserve recreation spaces. Our Podcast Channel  / The Connection  Our Route Guides / Dirty Freehub Our Ask / Donate
09:41
June 21, 2021
Granite, Oregon (The early history)
A short micro-cast with Kevin English, one of the founders of Dirty Freehub, where he talks about what he learned of the early history of Granite, Oregon. A small town in the NE quadrant of the state. -------------------------------------------- This podcast is produced by Dirty Freehub, a nonprofit organization that publishes hand-curated (and great!) gravel cycling route guides. Our mission is to connect gravel cyclists to where they ride through stories about culture, history, people, places, and lands with the hope that they will become involved as advocates, volunteers, or donors with organizations that protect and preserve recreation spaces. Our Podcast Channel  / The Connection  Our Route Guides / Dirty Freehub Our Ask / Donate
06:37
June 19, 2021