Join us for the best ride ever!

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. Some years,we view the fireworks high atop the balcony of a nearby hotel in order to avoid the crowds. This year, we are going to join the throngs of other viewers and watch the fireworks from English Bay. 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.

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, December 6, 2021

Covid Fooey

 Long time no post.

Covid caused us to alter the routes for two years. We've called the rides NotFooey or CovFooey.

Fingers crossed, Bark Fooey returns in 22!

Visit facebook for more info.

Monday, July 1, 2019

bark fooey! are you ready? me neither

Obligatory apologies for no updates for the past months. I've been distracted by high school students for the past few months. But now school is out and am in full Bark Fooey mode. Lets get started with the formalities.

This is the 11th or 12th Bark Fooey, but this will be the first BF I have ridden in two years. Due to a major accident and a family tragedy, I have had to sit out the last two rides. So this year, I am super excited for this ride.

  • SAG this year will be handled by the lovely and talented Brenda Fritts Quayle. As always, we have limited space so pack lightly.
  • Funds for SAG
    • Depending on how many riders we have, I will start a PayPal thing-a-ma-jiggy and ask for donations. Your donation is also your registration. Pay and you are in. Im thinking at most, it will be $30. Funds go toward gas and anything else our SAG may need.
  • Maps and routes. If you go to, you will find the link to the goodies including GPS goodies.
  • Hotels.
    • Everyone needs to find their own hotel. I have suggestions if you need them. In Bellingham, the Coachman is the designated end of day one and start of day two.
    • Being the procrastinator that I am, I have not secured a room in Vancouver yet. I'll take care of that soon. wish me luck.
  • Fireworks. 
    • This year, we are trying something different. Rather than having a view room, we are going to walk down to English bay and be part of the throngs of people watching them from they bay. could be fun. Could be horrible. We shall see.
  • Proposed new starting point. 
    • Bark Fooey virgin, Ben Truelove has suggested a new start that includes an awesome trail route. I rode it recently and I really like it. the new route avoids that killer hill at the start in woodinville
    • I want to know if this is more or less convenient for you. I want to do what is best for the majority. So please go here and take this short survey.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

route info, forms and other info about the ride

Most of the files you may need are located in this Google Drive

Saturday, May 23, 2015


This ride has been going for eight years. Anyone who loves riding and loves killer fireworks should come along. We leave Woodinville at 8:00am, and ride to Bellingham. On Saturday, we ride to Vancouver via Lyndon and a few great bridges. The ride includes loads of sights and many stops for food, beer or whatever. If you love views, this ride is full of them. If you like trails, this ride has some of those too. If you like hills, this ride has a couple good ones. If you enjoy fireworks, you are in for a treat.

We finish Saturday with a night of international competition quality fireworks from the Celebration of Lights event. This is a huge thing that Americans have never heard of. This is a competition of nations to see who has the best works. We view the show from the privacy of a hotel room with a great view.

We try to ride together but usually break up into groups or solos. I like to sweep and ride with the slowpokes. I have maps and treats for everyone, and a SAG wagon too. What more do you need

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

get on board

the whistle is blowing and the engineer is tooting his horn. Climb aboard the Bark Fooey Express.

The ride dates have been set and the hotels have been booked.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

video of the ride

Yet another great Foo.

See you next year!