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Bike Bits Vol. 15, No. 11, June 5, 2013
This is the 311th issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling's twice-monthly
bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 48,492 other
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for more information. We want to inspire you to dream and to live
your own bicycle adventures.


"Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are
the destination and the journey. They are home." 
-- Anna Quindlen, "How Reading Changed My Life"


When two sections of the maps for the Northern Tier route in Minnesota
recently came up for reprint, Routes and Mapping Director Carla Majernik
built in extra time for research and cartography in order to have some
important changes made. "We've incorporated several rail trails into
the route," Carla said, "including the heralded Paul Bunyan Trail and
the 'Prairie Home Companion'-inspired Lake Wobegon Trail." Click on
the link below to read Senior Cartographer Jennifer Milyko's "Geopoints
Bulletin" blog post about the changes.
While we're on the subject of routes and mapping, you might be interested
to learn that with the recent launch of our new website, we've changed
how readers can learn about our route network and maps, download GPS
information, and view route resources; also, the route descriptions are
tidied up and route-specific photos have been added. To become better
acquainted with our maps, check out the Map Features page and be sure
to take a look at the video "How to Read Adventure Cycling's Maps."


Fitzgerald's Bicycles of Victor, Idaho, by way of its subsidiary business,
The BikeTender ("Riders Serving Riders"), is offering a pair of Bike
Packing 101 camps this summer. The course leader is four-time Tour
Divide finisher and current record holder Jay Petervary, who has
learned a ton of tricks about traveling fast and light on these rides
and others, including his two-wheeled winter treks through Alaska on
the Iditarod Trail (and a second-place finish in last weekend's Dirty
Kanza 200 in the Flint Hills of Kansas). JayP's wife, Tracey, aka
T-Race, a two-time Tour Divide finisher herself, is also an
instructor/presenter for the courses. The couple together holds the
tandem record for the Tour Divide. "In addition to learning how to
maximize your daily mileage, you'll get tips on gear selection,
packing, and nutrition and hydration," JayP said. Geared toward
both novice riders and experienced cyclists looking to plan a
gravel/dirt road adventure, the courses begin at Fitzgerald's in
Victor, 20 miles west of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The three-day camps
will take place on the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route in the
Greater Yellowstone region of Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming on July
12 and August 16. Learn more at this link:
The 2013 version of Tour Divide kicks off at high noon on June 14
in Banff, Alberta. You can follow the action, and listen to call-in
updates from riders, via this link: 


In Adventure Cycling's second annual Summer Cycling Auction, we are
offering our members and the public the opportunity to bid on fantastic
tour spots, bike art and accessories, and even a custom folding bike.
Funds raised will support our nonprofit mission and programs, and
all auction items have been donated free-of-charge. The auction runs
from Monday, June 17 to Friday, June 21. Check out the items and
register to bid:


The Bicycle Coalition of Maine invites cyclists to take part in its
inaugural weeklong BikeMaine ride September 7 through 14. The 400-mile
loop route, following mostly rural, low-traffic roads, offers
magnificent scenery and will allow riders to explore six host
communities, each offering a unique Maine experience: college town,
mill town, arts community, historic maritime village, summer colony,
and traditional Maine camp. Riders will enjoy meals featuring locally
sourced seasonal foods (including lobster, of course), community
tours, and nightly entertainment. There will also be opportunities
to sample BikeMaine beer, brewed by Black Bear Brewery in honor of
the new event; explore the many galleries and bookstores of Belfast;
and be one of the first Americans to see the sun rise on September 12
from Cadillac Mountain outside of Bar Harbor, the rest day location.
The registration fee includes 18 meals, ample beverages and snacks
during each day's ride, baggage transport, campsites, hot showers,
and other amenities. The coalition is capping participation for this
first event at 350.   


The East Coast Greenway Alliance is looking to hire a South Atlantic
region coordinator for the states of Virginia, North Carolina, and
South Carolina. The successful candidate will work with grassroots
advocates, agency professionals, and nonprofit partners to develop
key sections of the 2,900-mile East Coast Greenway. Note: The closing
date is today, June 5th! 
On the other side of the country, in Montana, the Wilderness and
Recreation Partnership out of Bozeman is seeking a contractor possessing
the ability to work with the mountain bike community, who has an
appreciation for wilderness and conservation values. Knowledge of
the Gallatin Range and southwest Montana recreational interests is
required. The contractor will be responsible for all daily activities
of the Wilderness and Recreation Partnership, including the planning,
organizing, and implementing of trail projects; recruiting volunteers;
fundraising; and more. The contract is open until filled, but the
review committee plans to begin reviewing applications this week.
Learn more here: 


Climate Ride NYC-DC takes place September 21 through 25, and Adventure
Cycling Membership Director Julie Huck is leading the Adventure Cycling
team. Climate Ride organizes the only multi-day charitable bicycling
events supporting organizations working toward a sustainable future.
You can support Adventure Cycling while having the experience of a
lifetime by signing up to ride as part of Adventure Cycling's team.
Registration is $75, and each participant is expected to raise $2,400
to ride in the five-day event. Those who sign up and designate Adventure
Cycling as a beneficiary will directly support our nonprofit mission
and programs, specifically the development of the U.S. Bicycle Route
System. Click on the link below to learn more about the ride: 
If you're interested in joining our team, sign up soon, because spots
are going fast! Visit this page to learn more and join the team:


Reader Kevin Newman of Poughkeepsie, New York, informed us that the
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has presented its 2013 Doppelt Family
Rail-Trail Champions Award to Adventure Cycling member Fred Schaeffer.
The honor recognizes Fred's efforts in turning the Walkway Over the
Hudson (WOTH) in Poughkeepsie into a reality. "When Fred first learned
of the fledgling idea to convert the neglected Poughkeepsie-Highland
Railroad Bridge into a public pathway, the plan was little more than
a pipe dream," writes Jake Lynch in the story linked below. "With many
doubters and cynics looking on, Fred proceeded to build a community of
supporters, donors, and believers for an ambitious project that he knew
would one day be a tremendous asset for the region." According to Kevin,
Fred also has been instrumental in helping to acquire the old Maybrook
rail line right-of-way for the Dutchess Rail Trail, which runs from the
WOTH to Hopewell Junction, a distance of 12 miles. 
Here's a report from Kevin's blog on the October 2009 grand opening of
the WOTH:


You may recall the story "Showers Possible" in the February 20, 2013,
edition of Bike Bits, about the Willis United Methodist Church in
Varina, Virginia, and the congregation's efforts to raise funds for
a cyclist shower. Now, thanks to the power of the press and the
generosity of bicyclists around the world, warm showers are readily
available at the church. "A place with a hot shower seems 'like the
Ritz Carlton to us,' said Lee Goode, a co-leader of a group of 14
cross-country cyclists …" who spent a night at the church late last
month. Read the rest of the story here:


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look at the future. 

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