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Bike Bits Vol. 15, No. 21, November 6, 2013
This is the 321st issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling's twice-monthly
bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 50,384 other
readers, because you've signed up for it at the Adventure Cycling
Association website, Bike Bits
arrives in text-only format for quick download and includes links
for more information. We want to inspire you to dream and to live
your own bicycle adventures.


"Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see
the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the
people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you
started is not the same as never leaving." 
-- Terry Pratchett, "A Hat Full of Sky"


Have you seen the fun new bike overnight video from Salsa Cycles?
Their ride took in the spectacular Bitch Creek Trestle, a major
feature along the Tetonia-Ashton Rail-Trail, which follows the
grade of a former Oregon Short Line route. This Union Pacific
subsidiary brought some of the earliest tourists to the doorsteps
of Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks. The video was shot
and edited by Mike Dion, the same Colorado filmmaker responsible
for the Ride the Divide documentary. Check out the video here: 


Adventure Cycling and the American Association of State Highway
and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) have announced that AASHTO's
Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbering has approved U.S. Bike
Route (USBR) 23 in Tennessee, and USBR 50 in Maryland, which
follows the C&O Canal Towpath. "Development of the U.S. Bicycle
Route System is a product of the many partnerships being fostered
all across the country between state transportation departments
and community groups," said Bud Wright, executive director of
AASHTO. "We are proud of the role that state DOTs play in helping
grow this national bicycle-route system and appreciate the work
of Adventure Cycling and all the organizations involved in making
these new routes possible." The C&O Canal Towpath through Maryland
was designated USBR 50 as the result of Maryland Department of
Transportation collaborating with the National Park Service and
the Canal Towns Partnership. In Tennessee, the statewide advocacy
group Bike Walk Tennessee enabled the Tennessee Department of
Transportation to nominate USBR 23, which links Nashville, the
Natchez Trace Parkway, and smaller communities ripe for bicycle
tourism. Read more about the new U.S. Bike Routes here: 


Founded in 1970, Cascade Bicycle Club is a 15,000+ member nonprofit
organization based in Seattle dedicated to creating better
communities through bicycling. Right now, they're looking to hire
an events and sponsorship coordinator and a new membership manager.
Applications for the former are due by 5 p.m. on November 11. The
membership manager position will remain open until filled.
We also heard from the organizers of Cycle Oregon, a classic ride
that's been around for 25 years and annually hosts around 2,000
riders. They intend to hire a full-time staff person to fill their
customer service/volunteer coordinator position by December 1. This
person serves as the primary contact between Cycle Oregon and its
participants and volunteers. To learn more,
call (503) 287-0405 or email 


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The calendar, comprised of gorgeous photos from our annual Bicycle
Travel Photo Contest, makes a great gift on its own.


Last week, Bike Bits heard from Graeme Ferguson, who works for
the Australian advocacy group Bicycle Queensland. "I run a fully
catered, nine-day cycle tour each September called Cycle Queensland
that rides through a different part of Queensland each year,"
Graeme wrote. "We are keen to attract more international riders
to our event and were wondering if you have any ideas/suggestions?"
We've got an idea: We could mention it in Bike Bits, and now we
have. Learn more about the ride here: 


Not since Ride the Divide, the documentary film about the Tour
Divide race, has the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route received as
much cinematic attention as provided by this brand-new highlights
video. Produced, directed, and edited by Doug Davis, its creation
was sponsored by our good and generous friends at Co-Motion Cycles,
Revelate Designs, and Old Man Mountain. Check out the video in
Media Director Winona Bateman's October 23 blog post.
Speaking of Co-Motion Cycles, have you seen their new, aptly named
model, the Divide? It's handmade in Oregon and designed to tackle
the rough terrain of the Great Divide route. 


New next summer, in the unsupported format of the Tour Divide,
comes the TransAm Bike Race. Following Adventure Cycling's
TransAmerica Bicycle Trail, the race kicks off at 5 a.m. on June
7 at the Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria, Oregon.
Although the race will follow an Adventure Cycling route, we are
not a race sponsor. In fact, like the Tour Divide, there are no
sponsors and no prizes, just bragging rights if you finish. To
stay safe, given that the TransAm is busier traffic-wise than
the Great Divide, participants may want to consider making
themselves very visible for for night riding. At this point
nearly 50 individuals have expressed intent to race. They come
from the U.S., Canada, South Africa, New Zealand, the UK,
Australia, Spain, and Japan.  


Free Life By Bike is a "bicycle-touring resource and history of
Trenton and Rasham's tales of adventure by bicycle around the
world." As explained in their bio, the couple met in September
2012, at the Northern California Vipassana Center while attending
a course. Self-restricted by the code of discipline at the
meditation center, the couple had to wait until the course was
over to address the strong connection they felt towards one
another. During the next few days after the course ended, Rasham
and Trenton planned a life of adventure, meditation, and service
together, which they have been pursuing to this day by bicycle. 


Let us apologize up front for sending you these links to the bicycle
touring and bicycle travel categories at The
treasures found here are bound to take up quite a bit of your time. 


Until next time, click on to hear an Outspoken
Cyclist radio interview with Adventure Cyclist editor Michael Deme
and touring-bike reviewer Patrick O'Grady at Interbike.

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