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During the month of March, we will be featuring a series of guest posts that showcase the volunteers and advocates who provided behind-the-scenes support to bring Bicycle Route 66 to life. This week, Ed Barsotti, Executive Director for the League of Illinois Bicyclists (LIB), shares the story of how the LIB worked collaboratively with a committee of stakeholders to create the Illinois Route 66 Trail, which provided a template for the creation of Bicycle Route 66 in Illinois.
The second film in our ongoing series, Adventure Cycling Montana, catches the iconic TransAmerica Trail between Dillon and Ennis, Montana, taking in some of the biggest vistas in all of Big Sky Country.
It’s been nearly 6 months since I last was on tour. As I sit here writing and look out the window, I reminisce about the great week I had on the Sierra Sampler with a fantastic group. Here in Missoula, winter has come and gone, and on my daily commute I think about where my travels will take me next.
Traveling Bicycle Route 66 on two wheels doesn’t have to be all about the riding. There’s plenty more to see and do. You can Paddleboard in Chicago, float the Niangua River in Missouri, ride past Mickey Mantle's childhood home in Oklahoma, get artsy at Cadillac Ranch, Taste the best chile sauce in New Mexico, and walk amid the hardwood trees of Petrified Forest National Park.
Another rushed reflection of an amazing journey. When I start a bike tour, the end is always something that I cannot fathom. I am nervous about the miles, the climbs, the arrangements, the weather, and full of wonderment for what lies ahead each day. The excitement of the days take over and I just focus on each day’s goals, assuming the very end will be this triumphant occasion — there will probably be a parade.
Something struck me yesterday while I was paging through Adventure Cycling’s Tours catalog—how varied the offerings are, even within tour types. For example, take our Fully-Supported tours. Sure, we offer rides only in North America. But, whether you prefer dirt or pavement, bayou or sageland, a rolicking crew of 100 or a more intimate circle of 25, Adventure Cycling has a spot waiting just for you.
I recently sat down with Adventure Cycling Cartographer and Assistant Director Jenn Milyko to chat with her about the project that has been occupying her department's time for the last four years, the development of Adventure Cycling's exciting new Bicycle Route 66.
A New Trip Down an Old Road — Get Your Kicks on Bicycle Route 66
Sunsets are one of the great pleasures of life and travel. And just as food tastes better on a bike trip, sunsets are that much more beautiful after you've spent the day pedaling a bike.
We are happy to announce that our conversations with District 8 of Caltrans (California Department of Transportation) regarding the use of I-40 for Bicycle Route 66 have reached a successful conclusion!
Thom and Shelley Batty started The Bike Concierge because they love bikes and their local community and wanted to make both those things accessible to people coming to visit Oregon and Southwest Washington.
There is an effort underway in central Arkansas to save a historic bridge from demolition. Volunteers are working on turning it into a bicycle and pedestrian bridge that will become part of a grander plan to link bike trails and routes across the state — and this bridge would be a major highlight on U.S. Bicycle Route 80.
Nuu-Muu sprang to life in 2007 to address a grievous lack of fantastic women's fitness wear. I fell in love this summer when I met the Nuu-Muu ladies at Outdoor Retailer.
Electric assist bikes, we seem to either love them or hate them. I'm not here to take sides on the matter or debate the ethics of e-bikes, so if the subject puts you in a dark place, I would like to escort you over to this corner of the internet where you can continue enjoying your day.
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Traveling by bike is one of the best ways to get out and see new places, but sometimes it’s nice to get out without feeling weighed down. Traveling fully supported with Adventure Cycling comes with some of these great perks.
In my next life I'm coming back as a linguist. I will be fluent in a dozen languages. My command of these languages will be so complete, that I'll be confused as a local on every continent. Each night before falling asleep, I'll decide which language I'll dream in. But in this life I have come to terms with being a language klutz.
Fatbikes and winter riding will surely change your perspective about what is possible on a bicycle.
This two-part series by Barb Chamberlain of Washington Bikes examines the economic impacts from all types of bicycle tourism in Washington State, recently measured at $3.1 billion. Learn some of the innovative ways that Washington Bikes is working to make the Evergreen State a bicycle tourism destination and attracting "wallets on wheels."
The state of Louisiana has lots to offer the cyclist. It is much more than just the miles. Warmth, southern cusine, flat roads, live native music and a culture steeped in history.
Are you having trouble choosing a bike tour? You're not alone.
Fatbikes are all grown up. They are more numerous in shops and magazines, and most importantly, they've become more common in the wild. Yet you may not have seen anyone riding a fatbike this year, because that rider was likely exploring the river bottoms, snowmachine trails, gravelly lakefronts, or abandoned singletrack trails where you don't yet ride. But you can change that. With the growing range of options and increased availability of fatbikes, there is, more than ever, a fatbike for every rider.
This post is part of a series spotlighting Adventure Cycling's Corporate Members. These companies support our mission and programs and do some cool stuff of their own.
This two-part series by Barb Chamberlain of Washington Bikes examines the economic impacts from all types of bicycle tourism in Washington State, recently measured at $3.1 billion.
Last August I had the pleasure of riding the Oregon Coast Loop with my friend Sarah from Utah. This year, I encourage you to grab a close friend or relative, choose one of our challenging (or relaxed) rides and enjoy rolling down the road with Adventure Cycling tours.