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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December 17, 2013
Winter Dreaming
Winter Dreaming

Looking through the Adventure Cycling 2014 Tours Catalog and reading the descriptions and itineraries as I sit here in snowy Missoula is exciting, reminding me that better weather is on its way, and that I’d better decide just which tours I’d like to ride this season! I’ve settled on three that I can say might become my favorites.

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December 10, 2013
Tours Gift Certificate
Tours Gift Certificate

Unwrap the gift of adventure with an Adventure Cycling tours gift certificate!

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December 3, 2013
Meet Tours Specialist Mandy Hale
Meet Tours Specialist Mandy Hale

Last week the Adventure Cycling Tours Department welcomed another wonderful addition. Meet our newest tours specialist, Mandy Hale. 

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November 26, 2013
Hot off the press! 2014 Tours Book
Hot off the press! 2014 Adventure Cycling Tours Book

Mailboxes across the country are now receiving the exciting new Adventure Cycling 2014 tours catalog. Just in time, too, as the 2014 tours season starts in January.

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November 19, 2013
Florida Keys: Experiences & Encounters
Florida Keys: Experiences & Encounters

In the past week, I was blessed with the opportunity to spend some days sunning on my Bike Friday in the warmth of the Florida sun, away from my office in Missoula, Montana. Although large group rides are not a style of touring I am interested in, I took a risk and joined Bubba Fest with my partner, Shawn. I was pleasantly surprised by the experience.

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November 12, 2013
Meet Mike Lessard, New Tours Specialist
Meet Mike Lessard, New Tours Specialist

If you had three, possibly four, days of bike-touring experience, would you agree to take 10 kids on a six-week cross country trip? No matter how you would choose to answer this, Mike Lessard, Adventure Cycling’s newest tours specialist, answered, "yes!"

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November 4, 2013
Early Spring Tours to Warm Your Winter
Early Spring Tours to Warm Your Winter

Start your planning now for some guided bike touring to get you through those dark, short days of winter. Our tours in January, February, and March still have some available spaces, but they are going fast. Here are a few highlights that will warm your winter in 2014.

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October 28, 2013
Don't Miss Out on Your Dream
Don't Miss Out on Your Dream

Two weeks ago, we announced our complete 2014 tours schedule. Since then, the tours team has had numerous conversations with people who have confided in us that they have always wanted to do a tour.One gentleman even insisted that I tell him to “quit being a chicken and sign up!” so I did, and he did!

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October 21, 2013
Photo Wrap-Up: Vermont, Inn-to-Inn Tour
Photo Wrap-Up: Vermont, Inn-to-Inn Tour

We'd like to share some of the great images from the Vermont, Inn-to-Inn tour that our participants recently completed. Our inn-to-inn tour format is an easier way to travel compared to our traditional self-contained format. Check out the photos from our 2013 Vermont adventure.

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October 14, 2013
2014 Guided Tours Announced
2014 Guided Tours Announced

We've just announced our 2014 Guided Tours including 11 brand-new trips! We offer self-contained, inn-to-inn, fully supported, and van-supported trips. We also offer educational courses and family tours, and be sure to check out our Best Tours for Beginners, Epic Adventures, and Mountain Bike Tours.

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October 7, 2013
Tour de Fête — The Southern Tier
Tour de Fête — The Southern Tier

Several of the riders on Adventure Cycling's Southern Tier fall 2013 tour have definitely caught the attention of the tours department. Was it the level and degree of their spontaneity, serendipity and fate, or just the raw courage and determination of some of the riders? You decide for yourself.

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September 30, 2013
Late Season Cycling in Florida
Late Season Cycling in Florida

Shorter days and colder temperatures are beginning to invade the Bitterroot valley. Here in Missoula, Montana, I left the house this morning on my ride to work and found a dusting of snow on the peaks over 5000 feet.

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September 23, 2013
Meet Adventure Cycling Tours Specialist Darrah Rogers
Meet Adventure Cycling Tours Specialist Darrah Rogers

Adventure Cycling Tours Specialist Darrah Rogers and her husband Chris are new to the Missoula area. As she settles into town and starts to build community, finding another cause and another ride are high on her to-do list.

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September 16, 2013
New Tours Specialist: Lydia Hess
New Tours Specialist: Lydia Hess

At Adventure Cycling Association the winds of change just came howlin’ through the Tours Department. Joining the group are new Tours Specialists, Lydia Hess and Darrah Rogers. As a two-part series, we’d like to give you a glimpse of what these two ladies are passionate about and what brings them to the Adventure Cycling team.

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September 9, 2013
2014 Dream Tour Giveaway Winner
2014 Dream Tour Giveaway Winner

We are pleased to announce the winner of the 2014 Dream Tour Giveaway is Tom Carmine of Newport News, Virginia.

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August 26, 2013
Erie Canal-Niagara Falls — Family Touring with the Donkey Boxx
Erie Canal-Niagara Falls — Family Touring with the Donkey Boxx

Adventure Cycling ran its first self-contained family bike tour in July, the inaugural Family Fun, Erie Canal-Niagara Falls tour. We were curious as to whether this new venture would be welcomed by our members.

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August 19, 2013
2014 Early, Epic, & Educational Tours Announced
2014 Early, Epic, and Educational Tours Announced

Adventure Cycling's 2014 early, epic, and educational tours are now available! Sign up now: Our early announcement trips tend to fill very quickly.

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August 12, 2013
Get Your Pedals Ready!
Get Your Pedals Ready!

2014 Early, Epic, and Educational tour sign-ups open August 14th.

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July 22, 2013
Glacier Waterton Loop Tour Recap
Glacier Waterton Loop Tour Recap

Glacier National Park has been on my list of places to ride for about as far back as I can remember. When I was given the opportunity to take on the role of co-leader for Adventure Cycling’s Glacier Waterton Loop self-contained tour, I was ecstatic.

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July 8, 2013
Wine and Harvest: A Gem of a Tour
Wine and Harvest: A Gem of a Tour

One of the finest tours Adventure Cycling offers, appealing to the widest variety of riders, is the Wine & Harvest tour in the San Francisco Bay Area, September 15-22. But you don’t have to take it from me; here are some of the comments from the 2012 Wine & Harvest tour participants:

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July 1, 2013
First Timer Nerves
First Timer Nerves

So you want to take your first tour. You have the bike, the gear, and the enthusiasm. Then your nerves start getting the best of you. 'What if I can't do it? What if the hills are too steep? What if I become horribly lost?' You wonder as you pore over your maps or reread your tour itinerary. Here are three easy pre-trip tips that have helped me stay confident as I strike out on tours of my own.

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June 24, 2013
Living the Dream — May and June Tours
Living the Dream — May and June Tours

We love early spring and summer here at the Adventure Cycling offices. The busy time is upon us and we are rewarded with photos of riders on our tours. Not a sad face among them as they live out their 2013 cycling dreams. Take a look:

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May 20, 2013
Dreaming of Dirt (and Other Surfaces)
Dreaming of Dirt (and Other Surfaces)

This is the time we start unfolding plans for summer trail adventures, whether it’s after-work rides with friends on nearby trails, bike overnights in the surrounding area or planning for multi-day trips and tours out of town. Adventure Cycling has a variety of options for the dirt-seeking cyclists and those looking for a trip off the well-traveled road.

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May 13, 2013
Join us for Family Fun
Join us for Family Fun

Spring is well underway now and it’s time to start focusing on family vacations, weekend trips, and camps for summer. Summers can be hectic, and one of the benefits of Adventure Cycling Family Fun tours is that all the planning and logistics of the tour are handled for you.

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April 29, 2013
Big Bend Tour Review
Big Bend Tour Review

It's been a cold winter in the Northern climes. Western Montana only started looking like spring a few days ago. The spring Adventure Cycling Big Bend Van Tour had a lot of folks from Northern regions and I think we all found a little joy in the desert sun.

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