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How do I love cycling Chelan? Let me count the ways: I love that spring springs earlier in this Eastern Washington burg and that it rains not nearly as often, that vehicle traffic is sparser, the roads smooth and the shoulders wide. That some roads go up, up and up (e.g., McNeil Canyon Road) whilst others meander lazily, twisting this way and that way, through orchards and vineyards above beautiful Lake Chelan.

For a good introduction to Chelan area cycling, ride the Lake Chelan Cycle de Vine or Chelan Century Challenge, both on June 22.

Chelan is about 3½ hours northeast of Seattle.

Mike McQuaide is the author of six guidebooks including “75 Classic Rides: Washington” (The Mountaineers Books).

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