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For the past year and a half, Adventure Cycling Association cartographer Casey Greene has been connecting dots. Those dots, specifically, mark some 50 hot springs throughout central Idaho, and Greene connected them using nothing more than a mountain bike.
In January 2011 Adventure Cycling Association launched a website initiative called BikeOvernights.org. Subtitled “Don’t wait to go cross country — go overnight,” the site is designed to provide inspiration, resources, and route ideas for short bicycle tours, generally just one or two nights out.
AASHTO is working with IDOT and Adventure Cycling Association, a national nonprofit organization specializing in bicycle travel and route development, on the national project and identified the Robert McClory path as part of that national effort to establish a United States Bicycle Route System.
Spring is almost here, and there's no better time of year to hop on a bike and start exploring. There's nothing like discovering a place through slow, human-powered travel outside the city, and carrying your own gear and camping along the way is the most satisfying way to travel.
Bicycling from the Pacific to the Atlantic is an epic journey that many cyclists dream about and some are privileged enough to experience. The thought of doing a coast-to-coast bike tour had haunted me with a nagging restlessness for many years, developing into a more powerful desire after spending time on the staff of the Adventure Cycling Association, the nerve center for “all things bike touring.”
Beautiful scenery, hospitality, and beer are among the things that bicycle tourists like, and Montana has. The Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research recently came out with a study looking at the potential for the bicycle niche of the tourism industry.