For most people the term “Four Seasons” would probably bring back memories of queen beds and conference rooms. But for me, and particularly in this circumstance, the phrase refers to the four very different terrains someone can ride, camp, and explore within the states of Washington and Oregon. So that’s what I set out to do—from nearly 10,000 feet of altitude to wet temperate woodlands then a left turn at a sandy beach leading back to an arid desert. Only at the conclusion would we reach what I consider the fourth and final season: the booming metropolises of Seattle and Portland. This idea, that you can experience all the varying climates, terrains, and topographies, was the basis for our endeavor—spending five days and four nights riding and camping in a collection of conditions unique to each area, all of which fit within the puzzle piece that is the PNW: from the high desert of eastern Washington to the tall mountaintops of the Cascade Mountain Range, the tree-lined beaches of the Olympic Peninsula, and then, finally, to the comfort and all-too-familiar surroundings of Seattle, my once home.