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Bike Bits Vol. 16, No. 12, June 18, 2014
This is the 336th issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling's twice-monthly bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 52,345 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.


"A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving." 
--Lao Tzu  


The East Coast Greenway Alliance (ECGA), one of Adventure Cycling's partners in creating U.S. Bicycle Route 1, is launching a new tourism loop in southern New England called the Yankee Roundabout. The ECGA describes the route as "the country's foremost bike touring loop focused on history and cultural heritage," and they're offering a fully supported, five-day tour on it this fall. The September 22-27 tour will traverse an array of beautiful countryside, while also visiting New England's three largest cities, passing through the birthplace of America's Industrial Revolution, stopping in the former whaling capital of the world, and passing the actual first landing point of the Mayflower (despite what Plymouth claims!). Nightly guest speakers will offer additional insight and entertainment. Best of all, the tour will raise funds to help develop the 2,900-mile East Coast Greenway. Learn more here:


Adventure Cycling Association's semiannual member drive kicks off today, and runs through the end of the month. The goal is to encourage people to join as new members. During the drive, anyone who becomes a new member online will receive an Adventure Cycling-branded Lizard Skin chainstay protector as a free gift. They will also be entered into daily raffle giveaways courtesy of some of our corporate members, as well as the grand-prize raffle for a Raleigh touring bike that we'll draw at the end of the drive. If you're not yet a member of Adventure Cycling, this is an opportune time to join; if you are a member, it's a great time to encourage your non-member cycling friends to sign up to receive the bicycle travel inspiration we provide on a regular basis. 


If you've bike toured in Michigan at any time in the past three years, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) would appreciate your completing the survey linked below. Working with a study team consisting of BBC Research & Consulting and R. Neuner Consulting, MDOT is striving to learn more about participation and spending habits associated with bicycle touring and travel. The compiled results will help the department assess the economic impacts of bicycle touring throughout the state … and could result in more bicycling benefits! (For additional information, contact Josh DeBruyn at MDOT, 


A hundred years ago, 21-year-old Edward "Ryko" Reichenback bicycled from Adelaide to Darwin, traversing nearly 2,000 miles of rugged Australian outback. The Northern Territory Library, located at the site of the old Darwin post office where Ryko ended his journey, is marking the ride's centennial with an exhibition of some of the young explorer's amazing photos. Sneak a peek at a selected few here: 


Hey all you bicycle traveling videographers, be aware that the 2014 Bicycle Travel Video Contest on Vimeo will close to submissions at the end of this month. Videos entered in the contest fall within one of these three categories: Best Long Distance Tour Video (weeklong or longer), Best Short Tour Video (one to six nights in duration), or Best Portrait of a Traveling Cyclist. Learn more here:


Thanks to Micah van Dijk of Glasgow, Scotland, for alerting us to this sweet little video. It was created with help from Glasgow Bike Polo and The Bike Station.


Jamie, Greg, and Petunia the Jack-a-poo (aka TouringTunes the WonderDog) are currently on a cross-country ride raising money for Alzheimer's research. "We developed a special carrier for Petunia on the back of Jamie's bike that keeps her comfy, dry, and shaded from the sun," Greg wrote. "We have a blog following our Atlantic Coast to TransAm route, and we've been on Good Morning America's website. We'd love to share our story with Adventure Cycling, as we're big fans and have been telling everyone about your maps and the organization!"  
Here's the link to the Good Morning America mini-story and slide show:  


Have you checked out recently? If not, you ought to. Every week an original, first-person story of overnight bike-travel adventure is posted on the site … such as this one taking place out of New York City: 
… this one from eastern Kansas:
… and this one from Queensland, Australia: 


Our good friend Mike Ousley and his wife Moira are riding the U.S. portion of the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route this summer on a fancy tandem bicycle. "We will begin making our way from Southern California to Montana early next week," Mike said, "and we've blocked out 70 days for this 2,500-mile ride. We have an online forum thread established which I'll use as an ongoing ride log. I'm unsure how often I'll be able to post updates, but we'll do our best to check in as often as we reasonably can from my phone and other Internet sources along the way." Mike is a gifted storyteller, so the thread should be a fun one to follow. It, along with a photo of the rig he jokingly refers to as a "100-pound divorce horse," may be found here: 


Until next time, click on to help us send our graphic designer Rachel to the Midwest Climate Ride so she can inspire and empower more people to travel by bicycle! 


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