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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November 14, 2013
Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route Q&A
Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route Q&A

Jenn recently sat down with Adventure Cycling Cartographer Casey Greene to chat with him about the project that has been occupying his time for much of the last year, the exciting new Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route.

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October 24, 2013
Clever new product: MAP
Clever new product: MAP

Upon my return from a fantastic North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS) meeting, I found a link to a product video in my inbox for something called MAP. Feeling a little overwhelmed by all that I took in while at that meeting in Greenville, South Carolina, I hesitated to click on it. Boy, am I glad I did!

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October 10, 2013
Update from the North American Cartographic Information Society
Update from the North American Cartographic Information Society

I'm checking in from Greenville, South Carolina, at the 2013 North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS) annual meeting. I've already learned so much from my colleagues on the first day. I can only image what knowledge and new inspiration I'll bring back to the office next week.

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September 12, 2013
When to Ride: Southern Tier
When to Ride: Southern Tier

The Southern Tier is one of those routes that has a distinct "season" for riding due to the effect extreme weather conditions can have on a cyclist's experience. We believe it is generally best ridden early fall or spring for optimum conditions. There are three factors contributing to this advice: deserts, mountain passes, and hurricane season.

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August 29, 2013
Bicycle Travel Etiquette: Warmshowers or Couchsurfing?
Bicycle Travel Etiquette: Warmshowers or Couchsurfing?

In our Bicycle Travel Etiquette series, we focused on the Warmshowers.org community as well as the many spontaneous meetings randomly formed on the road over the Couchsurfing group to create our How To Guides for hosting cyclists and being hosted. There is a reason why.

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August 15, 2013
Vicarious Bicycle Travel
Vicarious Bicycle Travel

One of my favorite parts of my job in the summer is reading the blogs and tweets of cyclists on the road. It keeps me in touch with the issues folks might be having on the routes for various reasons and it fills my coffee and lunch breaks with a bit of vicarious thrill!

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August 1, 2013
Riding the Idaho Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes
Riding the Idaho Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes

For my bike respite this year I recruited my friend Elisabeth to join me on another Adventure Cycling tour. We had such a great time in Colorado last year it only seemed natural. We chose Idaho Relaxed based on the mileages, number of days, dates, and scenic locale. 

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July 18, 2013
Feed the Route-Specific Twitter Hashtags
Feed the Route-Specific Twitter Hashtags

When Routes & Mapping joined the Twitter-verse in June of 2010, I had no idea where it was going to go. I've been impressed time and again with how much information can be conveyed in 140 characters.

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June 27, 2013
How To Create Your Own Route
How To Create Your Own Route

Though our route network covers a lot of ground, there will be times when you want to ride somewhere in the U.S. we haven't mapped. Outside of doing an internet search on your proposed route, there are a few other tips I can offer that I hope will make your route creation process easier.

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June 13, 2013
Bicycle Travel Etiquette: How To Be A Good Host
Bicycle Travel Etiquette: How To Be A Good Host

If you happen to live in or near one of the thousands of communities along the Adventure Cycling Route Network, you have probably seen them — traveling cyclists riding bicycles, gear strapped onto their trusty steed. Wouldn't it be great to get to know some of them? This post features tips on how to be a good host. 

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May 30, 2013
Bicycle Travel Etiquette: How To Be A Good Guest
Bicycle Travel Etiquette: How To Be A Good Guest

When you are planning your trip, where to sleep is a big part of the equation. Depending on the destination, it will probably involve a combination of camping, hotels, and homes of friends and family. This post features tips on how to be a good guest, it's the second in a series on Bicycle Travel Etiquette. 

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May 16, 2013
Northern Tier Route Changes in Minnesota
Northern Tier Route Changes in Minnesota

Sometimes route changes happen due to safety issues, like the reroute we implemented across North Dakota in 2012. Often, they are minor adjustments. Happily, route changes also occur because opportunities arise to incorporate new developments.

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May 9, 2013
An Introduction to Bicycle Travel Etiquette
An Introduction to Bicycle Travel Etiquette

In December of 2012, I wrote a blog post on Bicycle Travel Etiquette in response to some reports that had trickled into our office about less than courteous behavior by traveling cyclists. In an attempt to reverse the trend before it gained momentum, we began soliciting comments from cyclists and hosts, staff members, and representatives of WarmShowers.

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May 2, 2013
The Kindness of Strangers
The Kindness of Strangers

This isn't a story of kindness while bicycling, but it is a story that takes place in the midst of travel and my actions were based on recollections of how bicycle travelers have been treated by strangers.

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April 25, 2013
Refreshed Routes & Mapping Web Pages
Refreshed Routes & Mapping Web Pages

We've made some changes in how you learn about our route network and maps, download GPS information, view route resources, and more. We hope our efforts improve your experience navigating our pages and help you dream of your next bicycle travel adventure.

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March 28, 2013
Know Before You Go: How to Read that Map

So you bought a set of Adventure Cycling maps for your upcoming bicycle tour? Yeah! They are packed full of information to help you on the road as well as plan from home. Be sure you know the nitty gritty of all the details found on them before you leave. Check out this informative (and fun!) video by America ByCycle on How to Read Adventure Cycling Maps.

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March 14, 2013
Kansas Hospitality DIY Style
Kansas Hospitality DIY Style

We recently sent out our annual member survey. There were several opportunities on the survey for members to tell us more through comments. As the responses come in, they are read and sorted by hand and distributed to the appropriate departments. Carla and I have been spending some time handling the Routes & Mapping share. It was through this process of correspondence that a great story from the road was shared with me, one that I couldn't have made up. 

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March 7, 2013
Three Routes: Choose Your Own Adventure
Three Routes: Choose Your Own Adventure

Looking at our route network the other day, I was thinking about loop routes and connections. The wide open gap across the south central United States caught my eye. Then I remembered hearing something about the Chisholm Trail. The historic Chisholm Trail was developed after the Civil War to move cattle from Texas north to Kansas. A growing railroad presence could then be utilized to move animals eastward where the majority of the U.S. population lived. 

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February 14, 2013
Black Hawk, Colorado Ban Overturned
Black Hawk, Colorado Ban Overturned

Two and a half years ago, three touring cyclists were cited for violating Black Hawk, Colorado's ordinance banning bicycling on most streets in their town. The ordinance made the town impossible to legally ride through. After failing in the first two rounds of court proceedings, they continued their appeal all the way to the highest court in the state.

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January 24, 2013
How to Deal with Dog Encounters
How to Deal with Dog Encounters

If you ask a traveling cyclist about their scariest moment on a bike, many of them will respond with a tale about an encounter with a loose dog. What should you do when you see Rover on the road ahead of you? There are many tactics you might employ, each with it's own positives and negatives.

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December 27, 2012
On the Underground Railroad in Xenia, Ohio
On the Underground Railroad in Xenia, Ohio

Xenia, Ohio, a town of 25,000 is a suburb of Dayton with two bike shops, a community library, multiple restaurants and camping at the fairgrounds. It would make a great stop for a layover day or two to soak up Underground Railroad history and pedal some miles in the surrounding countryside.

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December 13, 2012
Bicycle Travel Etiquette
Bicycle Travel Etiquette

In his October/November 2012 Adventure Cyclist " Letter from the Editor", Mike Deme responded to correspondence he had received from Gillian Hoggard, our 2006 Trail Angel Award winner. Gillian was writing to withdraw her name as a "Cyclists Only Lodging" on the TransAmerica Trail due to a string of bad experiences. Based on my observations in general — so, not scientifically speaking — over the last couple of years, to varying degrees, we have had an increase in the number of complaints about rude cyclists.

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September 20, 2012
New Development on Sierra Cascades Route
New Development on Sierra Cascades Route

Last week I asked you for feedback on a section of our Sierra Cascades Bicycle Route encompassing California State Highway 89 (SR 89). Thank you for all your input, it is greatly appreciated and will help inform our decision making process. I then alluded to an exciting new development in that same area shared with us by Bil Paul, researcher for the route.

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September 13, 2012
Your Sierra Cascades Experience
Your Sierra Cascades Experience

We began hearing about cyclists' experiences on the often shoulder-less and heavily truck-trafficked California State Highway 89 (SR 89) in the first year after releasing the Sierra Cascade Bicycle Route maps. We were concerned about it from a safety standpoint and began looking into it. A few months ago the subject resurfaced in my inbox in two pieces, both of which originated from Bil Paul, the researcher for the route.

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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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