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.

Photo by Adam Coppola

April 17, 2013
Tours of a Lifetime
Tours of a Lifetime

Much to our delight, National Geographic Traveler featured our Great Lakes Inn-to-Inn tour in their recent piece, "2013 Tours of a Lifetime." This story led us to think about the rest of our 2013 Guided Tours and which would qualify as "trips of a lifetime." Our cross-country bike tours top the list, whether van supported or self contained, but for a shorter adventures not to be missed? Here are our picks.

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April 1, 2013
Show Off Your Tour: Using Flickr to Share Photos
Show Off Your Tour: Using Flickr to Share Photos

So you've taken your Adventure Cycling tour. You've had the time of your life, done some fabulous cycling, and made some new friends. Now you're home, looking through your memory cards of photos to relive your trip. Wow! Look at those awesome photos! You want to share them with your fellow participants, with Adventure Cycling, with the world, but how?

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March 25, 2013
Chewing the Fat
Chewing the Fat

Well in the midst of some adventure chatter, and a libation or two, I said what the heck, and I signed up for the 2013 Togwotee Winter Classic! I decided on the 25-mile race. Bill had great time at last year's race, although that race was a bit of a slog with soft snow contributing to a slow course on which most of the 35-mile racers needed 6 hours or more to finish. I was definitely hoping for firmer conditions this year.

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March 18, 2013
C&O Canal / Great Allegheny Passage Trail
C&O Canal / Great Allegheny Passage Trail

Adventure Cycling Association has offered the C&O Canal and the Great Allegheny Passage tour for the past 9 years. The 340-mile, off-road ride is fully supported with catered meals, water stops, SAG services, mechanical support, and luggage transport. The riders' only obligation is to have fun. The tour leader, Larry Brock, has led countless groups along this route and makes sure the riders' experiences are a top priority. Here are some highlights from the trip.

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March 11, 2013
3 Reasons I Loved My Adventure Cycling Tour
3 Reasons I Loved My Adventure Cycling Tour

Last year I decided to celebrate the completion of my master's degree by committing to my first multi-day tour: I booked the Introduction to Bike Touring course offered by Adventure Cycling in Oregon. It seemed a fitting end to a program that included interning for and writing my thesis about them. After the trip I can say, without qualification, it was a great experience!

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February 18, 2013
Three Tours: A Pictorial Review
Three Tours: A Pictorial Review

View photo compilations from some of Adventure Cycling's most recent tours. 

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February 4, 2013
2013 Tours Season Begins in Florida
2013 Tours Season Begins in Florida

We recently kicked off our 2013 guided tours in the first week of January with the Florida Keys Winter Escape.

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January 28, 2013
Stories in the Snow, Winter Travel
Stories in the Snow, Winter Travel

Although the cold demands respect, I love nothing more than to muck about, marveling at the beauty of winter and finding stories in the snow.

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January 21, 2013
MLK, Underground Railroad, & Lessons Learned
MLK, Underground Railroad, & Lessons Learned

Today, as I take a moment to remember the life of  Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, and reflect on the impact of his work on our society, I am again very grateful for the sacrifices that he, and those before him, made on my behalf.

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January 14, 2013
And They're Off! 2013 Tours Underway
And They're Off! 2013 Tours Underway

Adventure Cycling's 2013 tours season is up and running, with our first tour ending in Florida this Tuesday. And while we're offering a record-breaking 72 trips this year, they're already filling up.

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January 7, 2013
Best Bike Adventure of 2012
Best Bike Adventure of 2012

As I was ringing in 2013, I found myself contemplating the best adventures of 2012.  By far, at the top of my list was the big adventure in my own backyard: a self-contained (together with Bill ) bike-packing trip to the top of a few high points near Missoula, MT. 

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December 31, 2012
A New Year in Tours
A New Year in Tours

As another year comes to a close,  it is the perfect time to reflect on, and relive, all of the awesome cycling experiences, new cycling friendships, and beautiful stories from 2012.

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December 17, 2012
Tour Participant Photos on Flickr!
Tour Participant Photos on Flickr!

We had a great year here in the Adventure Cycling Tours department. More rides, more participants, and more great times! And although those of us stuck here in the office didn't get to be on the road for every tour, the amazing pictures shared by participants made us feel like we were.

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December 3, 2012
Finding Your Dream Ride
Finding Your Dream Ride

With 73 tours being offered by Adventure Cycling Association in 2013, it's easy to find your dream ride. Most people choose their dream ride by date or location; but sometimes mileage, touring style, or even difficulty level is more important.

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November 19, 2012
Bicycle Tour Network Conference
Bicycle Tour Network Conference

I recently attended the annual meeting of the Bicycle Tour Network (formally called the National Bike Tour Directors Association) in Denver, Colorado.

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November 12, 2012
An Autumn Escape to Big Bend Country
An Autumn Escape to Big Bend Country

Two of Adventure Cycling's final tours for 2012, the inaugural trips for the Big Bend Loop van-supported tour, just wrapped up. For the first trip, I was lucky enough to fill the shoes as co-leader alongside veteran Southern Tier leader, Dave Points.

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October 29, 2012
On The Road in New England
On The Road in New England

Let me start out by letting you in on a secret: New England in the fall is incredible. Okay, not much of a secret.

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October 22, 2012
50 Places to Bike Before You Die
50 Places to Bike Before You Die

I recently received a copy of the book, "Fifty Places To Bike Before You Die" by Chris Santella and the timing could not have been more perfect.

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October 19, 2012
Tours Added: Death Valley Loop IV & Wild Country Utah II

It's not often that I get to write about tours, but a few of our trips are selling so fast, the tours team can barely keep their hands on their handlebars.

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October 15, 2012
2013 Tours: Happy Places, Happy Faces
2013 Tours: Happy Places, Happy Faces

You have spoken and we have listened. We've just announced our full 2013 tours slate and we are very excited about our offerings in 2013.

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October 8, 2012
Winterize?
Winterize?

With winter knocking on my bike, I decided to asked some local experts about winterizing bike tips, and I also mixed in some random thoughts:

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October 1, 2012
Wine and Harvest: Sonoma and Napa Valleys
Wine and Harvest: Sonoma and Napa Valleys

The recently-completed Adventure Cycling Wine and Harvest tour was about cycling around the vineyards of Sonoma and Napa Valleys, and yet, it was so much more than that.

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September 24, 2012
Spring in the Southwest
Spring in the Southwest

With fall underway and winter just around the corner, many cyclists (myself included) are looking forward to sunshine in the not-so-distant coming year.

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September 10, 2012
Exciting Times for Adventure Cycling Tours
Exciting Times for Adventure Cycling Tours

Although the 2012 tour season is not quite over, Adventure Cycling Association has seen an overwhelming response to our 2012 tours, with almost 1300 participants overall.

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September 3, 2012
Fall is in the Air
Fall is in the Air

The leaves are changing and I now wear a jacket and gloves as I rocket down my hill. There is less light in the evenings, so I have been enjoying riding home in the dappled fall rays.

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