Adventure Cycling Blog

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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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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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July 3, 2012
Tough & Tender: The Stories That Move Us
Tough & Tender: The Stories That Move Us

Today's guest post was written by Martina Brimmer, owner of Swift Industries, to announce the 2nd annual Tough & Tender: A literary and photographic project celebrating women's experiences with the bicycle.

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June 28, 2012
Good News in Vancouver, Bad News in DC

Greetings from Vancouver, British Columbia and Velo-City 2012, the international conference focused on all things bicycling, from urban bike facilities to bike touring.

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June 22, 2012
Campfires
Campfires

Campfires. I have always loved them. Loved the heat they provide. The crackle that fills the otherwise stillness of night. The hypnotic dancing of flames that can hold my attention longer than most feature films. I even love the pungent smell that lingers on your clothes long after the last embers fade.

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June 21, 2012
How to Read Adventure Cycling Maps Video

Sit back, turn up the volume and check out our "How to Read Adventure Cycling Maps" video. And don't worry if you missed something or need to hear it again, that's one of the joys of video, right? You can pause, rewind and replay as many times as you wish!

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June 14, 2012
New Service Category: Convenience Stores
New Service Category: Convenience Stores

Many of our updated route maps have been converted to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and are now sporting the new style conventions. It's been exciting to see established routes refreshed in this way. One of the new features is adding convenience stores. In most cases, we are not really adding new information as much as redefining old data.

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June 12, 2012
Nuts and Bolts: June Issue
Nuts and Bolts: June Issue

Where were we going to squeeze in the Nuts & Bolts sidebars for the stories from Chuck Haney about cycling in Northwest Montana and Paul Lamarra about riding the Iron Curtain? Short answer: We weren't. To the rescue: The Internet. 

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June 11, 2012
Building a Bike for a Tiger
Building a Bike for a Tiger

Months ago, I bought an incredibly tall, fixer-upper, vintage road bike off of Craigslist. My bearded manfriend and I set it in the living room and gazed at it as we made the vocal realization that we were going to fix it up for Ryland.

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June 8, 2012
The Great Bicycle Journey Budget Stretcher
The Great Bicycle Journey Budget Stretcher

Time is money. Which is a good thing, because I have a whole lot more time than the green stuff. Carrying a tent has always been the great bicycle journey budget stretcher. The cost of hotels can be pricey. On a three month trip, that cost can be devastating. Especially if you are traveling in a part of the world where lodging is expensive.

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May 25, 2012
Ice Cream: Fueling Touring Cyclists Around the Globe
Ice Cream: Fueling Touring Cyclists Around the Globe

I know that nutritionists will cringe, but as a touring cyclist I consider ice cream as the Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner of Champions. It should have its own food group category. Ice cream companies should set aside a day each year to celebrate and thank touring cyclists. We are a ravenous revenue source!

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May 21, 2012
Benefits of Bicycling & U.S. Bike Routes

Last week, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) announced the approval of two new U.S. Bike Routes: USBR 45 in Minnesota and USBR 35 in Michigan.

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May 18, 2012
Touring Gear and Tips Roundup
In a few short weeks, my fiance and I will be gearing up, and heading to Fairbanks, Alaska, to kick off a five- or six-month tour down to Mexico.  If you're interested in our route, you can check out the outline we've got in mind here.  So far, we've never managed to stay on route, always wandering around to nearby sights, so we'll see what happens in the end.  If you want to follow our progress, we'll be updating our Tumblr page. Anyway, the point of all this is that today marks my final blog post for this column. With that in mind, I had a hard time deciding on what to focus on, so I'm just going to throw out a potpourri of things I'm into for various reasons.  Here we go!
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