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By now I’m sure most of you have had the chance to find some warm weather, dry roads and trails, and had the opportunity to dust off the cobwebs from a long winter. Now that we’ve reached the halfway point in the calendar year, we’re heavy hitting into the touring season!
With Summer Solstice just a few weeks away, my current frame of mind is in a full and impassioned embrace of all that summertime holds for cycling, hiking, touring, and all sorts of fun-in-the-sun here in Montana. Hopefully you are feeling the same fervor wherever you are!
One way the dictionary defines the word tour is “a traveling around from place to place.” With that definition in mind, my biking around town, to the office, running errands has turned into bike touring.
We field lots of questions here in the Tours department. Recently I responded to one that came in by email and it made me smile. A member with very young children asked if Adventure Cycling had tours that family members who don't ride bicycles could participate in. He was finding it impossible to justify a ride solely for himself, away from his family.
Many people have different ways of celebrating a milestone birthday. There’s the sweet sixteen, going out with friends on you 21st, the decade celebrations of 30 and 40, going “over the hill” at 50, and on and on. We love celebrating milestones!
Spring has sprung here in Missoula, and we’re itching to get out on the open road to feel the wind against our faces. After some of the long and hard winters we’ve heard our members have had, we thought we’d remind everyone of some great reasons to tour.
Its spring and many of us are busy planning our next getaway on board our bicycles. If you are short on time, another option is to head over to your local library or bookstore, and find bike touring memoirs and journals to start travelling vicariously through others!
Coming into an office on a beautiful spring day after a long winter can be one of the most challenging tasks. With spring in full force, I would rather seek out adventures on the trails around Missoula.
Spring is in full swing here in Missoula, and in the Tours department we are all talking about summer touring plans. Here are the top five ways I prepare for summer riding.
I'm looking out the window this morning here in Missoula and its snowing again. It's late March. For many out there, this winter has been frigid, unrelenting, and brutal. And the winter just keeps coming. We could all use some fun in the sun and a chance to get a little dirty! If you want to ride the high-and-dry variety of dirty, I've got some tour ideas for you.
I find myself wanting to go south — to box up my bike, drive to the airport, and just get on a plane, any plane, to any place warm and dry. Hmmm … where did I put my credit card?
Cycling the C&O Canal Towpath can be as much fun in the rain and mud as it is on bright sunny days. It is all about your perspective.
Coming off of Fat Bike February, and with the introduction of the Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route, there has been a lot of buzz about Adventure Cycling’s Dirt Tours for the 2014 season. If you’re looking to get off the roads and start riding dirty, come ride with us this year!
For some, the words spring training arouse visions of team regalia, muddy cleats, eating peanuts, and watching America’s national sport.
Nard Clarr, Adventure Cycling Association Life Member and artist based in Colorado, designed the logo for the Adventure Cycling Tours water bottle that each 2014 rider will receive on tour.
While you and I might not be among the greatest explorers the world has ever known, what drives many of us to keep adventuring day in and day out, from bicycle tour to bicycle tour, from one trek and hiking trip to the next, is the lure to meet up with the unexpected, and to embrace the thrill and the challenge of getting out there.
There are many different ways to create an itinerary for a bicycle tour. You can go out and back, ride a nice loop, or my favorite, the point-to-point tour. Adventure Cycling has been running point to point tours since its inception in 1976 with the Bikecentennial TransAm ride.
I took a call in the tours department recently from a woman inquiring about Adventure Cycling’s Northern Tier tour, an epic three-month-long van-supported tour. Her questions resonated with me, because I asked all the same things of myself when I was planning a long-distance journey by bicycle.
Adventure Cycling’s Family Fun Tours provide an opportunity to have an active, educational, and engaging family vacation. Spend your days riding through history-rich areas of the United States and your evenings relaxing with new friends and your family.
Happy New Year! Are you ready for some fabulous bicycle touring in 2014? Here are four of our favorite tours for exploring the eastern U.S.
It's time to make those New Year's resolutions! What's going to be your riding resolution for 2014?
Riding the Outer Banks of North Carolina can be relaxing, windy, and fun! Here are three reasons why you should be on the Outer Banks.
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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