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Bike Bits Vol. 15, No. 10, May 15, 2013
This is the 310th issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling's twice-monthly
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"Travel brings power and love back into your life." 
- Rumi, 13th century Persian poet and theologian 


Last week Adventure Cycling Association and the American Association of
State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) announced approval
of new sections of U.S. Bicycle Route 45 in Minnesota and U.S. Bicycle
Route 76 in Missouri, along with realignments for U.S. Bicycle Route 76
in Kentucky. The U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS) now encompasses 5,616
miles of official U.S. Bike Routes in ten states. "The partnership
between state departments of transportation, Adventure Cycling, local
transportation agencies, cycling groups, and the FHWA has produced
significant results over the past several years," said Bud Wright,
executive director of AASHTO. "The routes announced [last week] are part
of an emerging bike route network that is connecting communities of all
types, all across the country." More than 40 states are currently working
to create routes to add to the USBRS. Read more about this exciting
advancement by clicking here: 


You can help the USBRS continue to grow by donating to the "Build It. Bike
It. Be a Part of It." campaign, which is in full swing. As of Tuesday
morning, USBRS supporters have contributed $68,545 towards the $100,000
campaign goal. Make a donation today and you'll be entered to win a set of
bicycle racks from Old Man Mountain. Plus, the first $1,000 raised today
will be matched 1:1 by Help Adventure Cycling meet the
$1,000 match by donating at this link: 


The above USBRS bulletin is not the only new route news to break last week. The
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and Travel Oregon announced the
designation of two new scenic bikeways in that state: the Tualatin Valley
Scenic Bikeway and Madras Mountain Views Scenic Bikeway. The Oregon State
Parks and Recreation Commission formally approved the new designations on May
8. The following links will take you to route summary pages, which include
additional links to maps, cue sheets, and camping information. 


Adventure Cycling member Andy Sninsky of Southern California returned to the
East Coast in late April, cycling from Florida to his native Pennsylvania. Andy,
who bicycled cross country way back in 1968, was diagnosed in 2008 with myeloma,
an incurable form of blood and bone cancer. "I wanted to give people the idea
not to give up if they have cancer," he told staff writer Eric Slagle of Trib
Total Media. Read the rest of the story here: 


The headlined parks in question are Yellowstone and Glacier, crown jewels of the
National Park System. To bicycle directly from one to the other you're compelled
to spin through some of the most bodacious terrain the Treasure State has to
offer, and Park-2-Park Montana participants will do just that. The event is a
fundraising ride that supports the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of
Montana, volunteers "speaking for almost 1,200 children in Montana who are in the
court abuse and neglect system through no fault of their own." The ride takes
place September 9 through 13, and goes from West Glacier to West Yellowstone.
Click on the following link to learn more about the ride and its directors, one of
whom a lot of Adventure Cycling members will recognize.  
If you'd like to ride to support CASA but can't make the Park-2-Park ride, here's
a day ride in western Montana that takes place June 22, celebrating cycling and
microbrews while benefiting the Bitterroot CASA.


The Ovando Gran Fondo takes place on September 14, the day after the five-day CASA
ride ends, so it's conceivable that you could ride in both. The Ovando Gran Fondo
is described as an "epic off-road ride" that raises funds for the Missoula
Symphony. "Bring your 'cross or mountain bike for this fully supported 57-mile ride
through some of western Montana's most scenic landscapes on dirt roads, including
numerous miles through private land not otherwise open to the public." Ovando is
situated about 50 miles east of Missoula, and some of this dirt gran fondo takes
place along a stretch of the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. Click on the link
below for more information, a photo gallery, and registration details.  


Canadian Byron Enns bicycled from Calgary to Buenos Aires in 2009 and 2010. He
attained a lot of skills during his months on the road, including a proficiency in
dealing with portable camp stoves. Byron has put together a nice bike overnight
piece in which he shares some helpful knowledge and advice. You'll find his story


Laura Reiley, food critic for the Tampa Bay Times, hasn't bicycled from Canada to
South America. However, she learned a lot in just a week's time on a bicycle last
February, while participating in Adventure Cycling's Intro to Road Touring course.
Among the things she learned: Your butt will betray you, dogs chase bikes, and
roosters are frequently wrong. Her fun story is well worth a read.


Until next time ...
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