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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:
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.
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.
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.
As summer draws near and bikes are tuned and back on the road, it's the perfect time to start thinking about a summer bike trip. The only choice you need to make is where to go. Wherever you choose, Adventure Cycling has the perfect trip for you!
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.
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?
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.
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.
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!
View photo compilations from some of Adventure Cycling's most recent tours.
We recently kicked off our 2013 guided tours in the first week of January with the Florida Keys Winter Escape.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I recently attended the annual meeting of the Bicycle Tour Network (formally called the National Bike Tour Directors Association) in Denver, Colorado.
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.
Let me start out by letting you in on a secret: New England in the fall is incredible. Okay, not much of a secret.
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.
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.