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The Adventure Cycling blog covers bicycle-travel news, touring tips and gear, bicycle routes, organizational news, membership highlights, guided tours, and more. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter for daily updates.

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September 7, 2012
2013 Bicycle Travel Video Contest
2013 Bicycle Travel Video Contest

In collaboration with WorldCycle Videos, Adventure Cycling's first Bicycle Travel Video Contest will accept submissions through February 28, 2013. Now is the time to check out the submission categories and begin production, whether you plan an autumn bike overnight video shoot, tackle your footage from a past adventure, or set up an interview with a bicycle traveler who inspires you to document their passion and story in a portrait piece.

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September 4, 2012
Sleeping in the Trees
Sleeping in the Trees

This week's Bike Overnight story comes from Kent "Mountain Turtle" Peterson, who tells us about an amazing accommodation in western Washington where grown-ups get to act like kids (or squirrels?) and sleep in the trees. "In mid-June," writes Kent, "Christine and I spent our 'virtual weekend' (Wednesday and Thursday) on a few acres of land next to the Raging River at a wonderful place called TreeHouse Point. This place is not far from our home in Issaquah -- just over eight miles as the bikes roll, and almost all of those miles traverse paths designated for non-motorized travel."

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September 3, 2012
Fall is in the Air
Fall is in the Air

The leaves are changing and I now wear a jacket and gloves as I rocket down my hill. There is less light in the evenings, so I have been enjoying riding home in the dappled fall rays.

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August 31, 2012
Ending Your Cycling Season on a High Note

September is arriving, school is recommencing, the weather is moderating, and Adventure Cycling's 2013 Early, Epic, and Educational tours schedule has been announced.

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August 30, 2012
Researching Western Bicycle Route 66
Researching Western Bicycle Route 66

I recently had the job of researching the western "half" of Adventure Cycling's new Bicycle Route 66 route. So what do we do when we research a new route? First of all, after we have a general idea of a new route, e.g. Historic Route 66, we gather information from local cyclists and clubs in each area to get suggestions on specific roads to use. Then we take these suggestions, along with a handful of bike maps and other detailed maps, and hit the road.

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August 29, 2012
Tour Leader Showdown: Steve Parsons Vs. Joe Loviska
Tour Leader Showdown: Steve Parsons Vs. Joe Loviska

We've got a lot of fantastic tour leaders here at Adventure Cycling, as well as our fantastic tours themselves! Often a tour leader can take a tour experience from alright to amazing, as I'm sure you know. So how are you supposed to choose? Well, we've selected two of our best for you this week, both leading fall tours along the Pacific Coast, and pitted them against each other to help you decide which leader style is right for you!

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August 29, 2012
EuroVelo: A Model for the U.S. Bicycle Route System
EuroVelo: A Model for the U.S. Bicycle Route System

A bicycle route network launched by the European Cyclists Federation is made up of 12 routes and goes through multiple countries. EuroVelo is supported by national, regional and local governments, commercial serice providers and a leading sponsor, the Accell Group. The 12 routes will total 66,000 km when the system is complete. At present, 45,000 km are in place.

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August 27, 2012
Excited about the Early and Epic Tours
Excited about the Early and Epic Tours

As you may already know, Adventure Cycling announced their Early, Epic, and Educational tours for 2013 this past Wednesday. The response has been very overwhelming here in the tours department. The January Florida Keys and Florida LTC tours are already 50% full in just 3 days!

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August 25, 2012
Losing Leslie -- A Sad Week for Cycling
Losing Leslie -- A Sad Week for Cycling

It's been a sad week for cycling, but if you think I'm writing about Lance Armstrong, you would be mistaken. I'm deeply saddened by the death of Leslie Bohm, one of the best people I've met since taking the helm at Adventure Cycling seven years ago.

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August 24, 2012
Bike Trip Theme Songs
Bike Trip Theme Songs

Every bicycle journey has a theme song. At least all of mine do. A tune that fits the mood of the journey ... or describes the place you are pedaling through ... or sometimes it's just the tune that is incessantly playing on every radio.

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August 22, 2012
The Mirror Man: Looking Forward
The Mirror Man: Looking Forward

When I arrived at work Monday morning I learned that Chuck Harris, the Mirror Man, had passed away. Without thinking about it I immediately raised my hand to touch the glasses-mounted rearview mirror that I wore. Chuck made that mirror for me many years ago, one of more than 88,000 that he made by hand over five decades.

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August 17, 2012
Share Adventure Cycling With Your Community
Share Adventure Cycling With Your Community

As we cycle through the summer and inspiration is high, it's the perfect time to share your love of bicycle touring with your community through one of our special, half-priced Library Memberships. You can give this membership to any of your local libraries, including public, university, and K-12 schools.

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August 16, 2012
How Do You Use Our GPS Waypoints?

When Adventure Cycling released the first GPS waypoint files in early 2003, we had no idea what the future might hold for technology in mapping and navigation. We certainly couldn't have predicted the rise of the smartphone as a location finding tool or the downward trend in GPS-receiver unit sales.

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August 15, 2012
Full Circle: A Bike Tour Comes to an End
Full Circle: A Bike Tour Comes to an End

I remember last spring sitting down to write a blog article about helping my 17-year-old son plan his cross-country bike trip.

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August 13, 2012
Why I Love Working Saturdays
Why I Love Working Saturdays

If you get a tour of the Adventure Cycling headquarters in Missoula, I'm your last stop. I sit upstairs, on the far end of the building and I spend most of my time staring at a computer, wearing headphones.

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August 13, 2012
Spotlight on Tour Leader Greg Edwards
Spotlight on Tour Leader Greg Edwards

Greg Edwards has been leading and staffing Adventure Cycling tours since 2008.

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August 10, 2012
The Hidden Gem
The Hidden Gem

Kat and I got out of the city (Seattle) last weekend. We took the Amtrak (reserved two spots on the luggage car bike rack) up to Bellingham with plans to bike out to Birch Bay. Not far out of Bellingham our map indicated a bike trail that ran along the Nooksack River. We always enjoy the opportunity to get off the road, so we pulled into an empty gravel parking lot.

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August 8, 2012
Summer Bike-Travel News
Summer Bike-Travel News

It's been a busy summer here at Adventure Cycling headquarters. Last month Adventure Cycling celebrated the much-anticipated completion of our renovation and building expansion with a huge community block party. We saw members and donors from all over the country, gave away freezers-full of free ice cream, danced to live music, and even got to be on the radio!

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August 7, 2012
An Authentic Meal
An Authentic Meal

Today's guest post was written fresh-from-the-saddle by Amie Thao, who is wandering around the world on a little blue bicycle -- 12,400 kilometers and counting:

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August 6, 2012
Denali Adventure Experiences
Denali Adventure Experiences

For an avid touring cyclist, there is nothing quite like the opportunity to check another item off your bucket list of places to ride. Alaska was one for me.

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August 2, 2012
This Is Sweet -- a "Best Place to Work" Award
This Is Sweet -- a "Best Place to Work" Award

I really enjoy working at Adventure Cycling Association. I could probably write a list of 100 things that are terrific about this organization from the mission to the members to the staff to the unique headquarters.

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July 31, 2012
Eating Up the Miles in Georgia
Eating Up the Miles in Georgia

"With an expectant wife, a long tour was out of the question. But a quick 20-mile overnighter seemed just the ticket -- out after Saturday morning chores and back by Sunday lunch. Plus, if anything unexpected happened, I could be home in about an hour." That's what urban geographer Byron Rushing (he specializes in bicycle and pedestrian planning) has to say in this week's Bike Overnight's piece.

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July 17, 2012
Our Trail Angel Flies Away
Our Trail Angel Flies Away

Yesterday, June Curry, an amazing woman and a hero to many thousands of cyclists worldwide, passed away at the age of 91. June's story has been told many times but here's the snapshot:

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July 13, 2012
Looking Up
Looking Up

Sometimes our super-saturated, media-driven world can get me down. The sheer amount of bad news one can ingest in a single day via the internet, radio and television can be overwhelming. That's when I want to get on my bike and ride. 

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July 5, 2012
North Dakota Cycling
North Dakota Cycling

Ever since Adventure Cycling released the new routing through North Dakota, we've been anxiously awaiting feedback from cyclists riding it. We are fortunate because we happen to know a few of the cyclists out there and they are reporting back to us.  Mac Sullivan (Special Projects Director Ginny Sullivan's 17-year-old son), his best friend Drew Gottman, and two new friends Tyler and Neal, are riding together and have just crossed North Dakota on the Northern Tier route. They gave it mostly glowing reviews.

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