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Bike Bits Vol. 16, No. 11, June 4, 2014
This is the 335th issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling's twice-monthly bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 52,157 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.


"The hardest part of raising a child is teaching them to ride bicycles. A shaky child on a bicycle for the first time needs both support and freedom. The realization that this is what the child will always need can hit hard."
--Sloan Wilson


Bike Bits received this note from Randolph Harrison last week: "I thought you might be interested in this piece about my wife and her rather unusual promotion of cycling through her business. As longtime Adventure Cycling members, cycling has become integral to our life -- our yearlong trip to Europe, some twenty years ago, was prompted in no small part from reading the magazine and its stories about the joys of faraway traveling by bike!" No doubt about it, this realtor is on a roll:


Spaces on this year's Adventure Cycling tours are selling like hotcakes; however, there are trips with vacancies remaining. These fully supported options still have space: Family Fun Minnesota, August 3-8; Great Lakes Relaxed, September 6-13; Wine & Harvest, September 7-14; Sierra Sampler, September 20-27, and C&O Canal/GAP, September 27-October 4. Get the full details here: 
Also take note of this summer's special tour incentives, such as Bring a Friend and the Bike Club Offer:
Adventure Cycling is looking for diverse cyclists to be a part of an Adventure Cycling photo shoot in Connecticut, If you are interested in being involved please email Photo shoots will be taking place June 18, 22, 25, 26 (rain dates 27 and July 1).


Ellee Thalheimer's "Cycling Sojourner: A Guide to the Best Multi-day Tours in Washington" is the second in her series of unique touring guidebooks (the first in the series covers Oregon). "The book reveals hard-to-find information about exploring Washington by bike," Ellee said. "Its nine tours lay out nuts-and-bolts details, including cue sheets, maps, and information about weather, difficulty levels, camping and lodging options, and the various ways of getting to and from the ride's start and end points." A portion of the profit from the book's sales goes to Washington Bikes, a cycling advocacy organization that champions bike tourism in the Evergreen State. You can get a copy of the book here: 
This link takes you to a nice review of the book by Nicholas Von Pless at  


This year's Tour Divide on the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route begins June 13, while the new self-contained race on the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail starts about a week earlier, on June 7, in Astoria, Oregon. Both boast international fields of more than 100. Click the following link to check out the TransAm Bike Race roster:
And go here to see who is signed up to race the Tour Divide this summer: 
It should be mentioned that, while we are intrigued by these races following our routes, Adventure Cycling is no way a sponsor or otherwise officially associated with either one. Now have a look at the Ladies of the Tour Divide on Facebook!


Mathew Jarrett recently rode into Bar Harbor, Maine, completing a yearlong adventure on which he pedaled more than 12,700 miles. The 31-year-old Iraq war veteran was riding to raise awareness of veteran suicides and how to prevent them. You can check out his blog at the following link, where you'll also see a map highlighting the routes he rode. 


Dylan Gradhandt of Boise, Idaho, recently launched the nonprofit Idaho High School Mountain Biking, and is currently in a competitive bid process to establish a high school mountain biking/racing program in partnership with the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA). Dylan is planning to do a two-week ride this summer on the Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route in an effort to raise funds for his young organization. He's also talking with the City of Boise and the Boise Chamber of Commerce to help promote his ride. You can check out his Facebook page here: 


Bring your bike and join Ozark Greenways for Missouri's grand opening celebration of U.S. Bicycle Route 76 on June 7 in the community of Willard, part of metropolitan Springfield. The event will simultaneously celebrate National Trails Day and the 20th anniversary of the Frisco Highline Trail, southwest Missouri's longest rail-trail. The event will include a 35-mile loop bike ride including part of USBR 76, along with food, music, displays, speakers, and grand opening/re-dedication ceremonies from 3 to 6 p.m. Joining forces to organize and host the event are Ozark Greenways, the Missouri Department of Transportation, the Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation, AASHTO, and Adventure Cycling Association. Open the PDF below to learn more. 


The ride they're calling "2 Brothers + 2 Bikes + 2 Continents = 1 Awesome Adventure" will take Matt and Andrew Sufficool from the top of North America to the bottom of South America. Their intention was to set out on the yearlong adventure yesterday (June 3rd) from Deadhorse, in the far north of Alaska, with their sights set on Ushuaia, Argentina. "Along the way, we will encounter countless people and places that will create the experience of a lifetime," Matt wrote. "We invite you to come along for the journey." That you can do here: 


On May 1, art director Greg Siple's Bicycle Eclectic portrait show opened at its eighteenth venue, Thunder Island Brewing in Cascade Locks, Oregon. It will hang there through the end of June. "This is the first brewery where it has appeared, and the sixth state," Greg said. "The featured portrait in the exhibit is that of David Lipps, the brewery owner, who I photographed in 2009 during his TransAm ride." Read more at this link to Oregon Live:
Here you can visit the Open Road Gallery Online:


Until next time, click on to learn about the second annual Cycle Greater Yellowstone. 


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