Join us for the best ride ever!

August 4-5, 2017

Simply put, Bark Fooey is an awesomely fun and social two day ride from Woodinville, WA to Vancouver, BC, with an overnight stay in Bellingham, WA. Total mileage is 90 miles the first day and 75 miles the second day. It is mostly flat with a few random hills thrown in for fun.

The first Bark Fooey started in 2008. I had planned to ride the RSVP yet again, but it sold out before I had a chance to sign up. So, I decided to do my own damn ride. I picked a different week in August, and invited friends and strangers to head north on an adventure. From that, Bark Fooey was born.

Our route very loosely follows that of the RSVP, but diverges a great deal on day two. Unlike the RSVP, We approach Vancouver from the south where the riding is easier and the bridges we cross are more exciting. We use the trail systems whenever possible, and on day one, we ride the Centennial trail for over 30 miles of cycling bliss.

Bark Fooey is completely unsupported with the exception of one SAG wagon that will carry luggage to Bellingham, WA and to Vancouver, BC. All riders are responsible for getting themselves and their bikes back home. Additionally, all riders are responsible for their own meals.

We arrive in Vancouver on a Saturday, and have the entire evening and next day to do as we please in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

BONUS: We finish the ride on one of the nights when Vancouver holds its 'Celebration of Light' international fireworks competition. We view the fireworks high atop the balcony of a nearby hotel in order to avoid the crowds. If you have never been to this event, I urge you to join us. The fireworks are out of this world. On Sunday, Vancouver holds their joyous Pride parade. The following day is Canada Day. When we arrive, Vancouver will be in full party mode.

If this ride sounds fun to you, please contact the ride leader, Matt, with your questions and intentions. Reserve your spot on the ride ASAP since the limit for the ride is 25 riders.

To secure a spot on the ride, you need to pay the small fee of $40. The money goes toward snacks, drinks, SAG gas and helps pay for part of the hotel room view. All payments are final. If you decide to not do the ride and let me know by June 1, you will get half your money back. After June 1, no refunds will be given.

The best way to get hold of the ride leader or members of the group is to find us on Facebook. Search for Bark Fooey and ask to join. We won't say, No.

Monday, June 23, 2008

BarkFooey Training/Introduction Ride

This Sunday, seven of the BarkFooey posse got together and rode a bit. We met at the Woodinville Redhook Brewery and rode about 40 miles up and down the many hills of the area. Thanks to our awesome tour guide, Al, we didn't miss many hills, including the one big one to get to his house to take the above picture.

Two nicknames were developed and tested. Al picked up the name "Moses," because he led his people to the promised land (which always ended up being at the top of some hill). David earned the name, "Blowout" after he had two big tube ending flats on the ride. He persevered and continued on. Both Al and David can opt out of their nickname but must provide documentation in triplicate to do so.

Al and I are planning another ride the weekend of the 4th of July. If you can, try to make the ride so I can meet more of the BarkFooey bike gang.

That's all I got for now. More info to come later.

BarkFooey to you.

PS. I have no idea why my arm is around H in that picture. We are good friends. Not THAT good, though. Not that it would be bad, oh, I'll just shut up now.


Waldo said...

Hi - We are acquaintances of H and he told us about this ride at the Bike Expo. We have another couple who is also interested. Is there room for the ride? What are the specific dates of the ride? We should apply and get our hotel lined up soon

Thanks - Wally and Melody Fosmore 206.546.0394

John Shepard said...

yup. I ditto the Fosmores. Let us know more details when you can.

Waldo said...

Hi Matt - got your vm - my email is

Thanks for the info - sounds like fun!