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Bike Bits Vol. 15, No. 8, April 17, 2013
This is the 308th issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling's twice-monthly
bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 48,066 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.


"I feel that I am entitled to my share of lightheartedness and there
is nothing wrong with enjoying one's self simply, like a boy." 
--Leo Tolstoy, on learning to ride a bicycle at age 67


In her "News, Networking, and New Media" post last week, Media Director
Winona Bateman wrote, "Next week, we will be unveiling the new Adventure
Cycling website. Our web address won't change; you will still visit
us at However, our blog will be found on our
new website, and the blog's content will be integrated into the site."
Then on Monday she posted this update: "We are thrilled to launch our
new website and hope it serves Adventure Cycling members and all
traveling cyclists very well. We've been working hard over the last
year to build it and look forward to hearing your feedback. Enjoy!"
Check it out:  
Enjoy a quick introduction to the website's major changes and new
features by reading the rest of Winona's post here:


Jeff Bartlett from Jasper, Alberta, wrote Bike Bits with details about
his town's fire chief, Greg Van Tighem, and his upcoming MS fundraising
ride. "I work on behalf of Tourism Jasper," Jeff wrote, "as the media
and PR specialist. We're helping to promote Greg's journey because
it's for a great cause and he's chosen to ride the entire length of
Highway 93, which begins in Jasper and runs south for 2,700 kilometers
to Wickenburg, Arizona. We've recently formed a partnership with
Wickenburg to promote this as a possible tourism corridor. Highway
93 takes in Vegas, the Hoover Dam, the Lewis and Clark Trail, and
several national parks and forests." Highway 93 also winds through
Adventure Cycling's hometown of Missoula, Montana, so we hope Greg
will drop in for a visit when he's here. With a goal of raising $93,000
for MS, he begins pedaling on April 22 in Wickenburg. 
In and around Kingman, Arizona, US Route 93 intersects another famous
highway: Route 66, the Mother Road, which is the focus of Adventure
Cycling's newest routing project.


Adventure Cycling's Great Lakes, Inn-to-Inn trip was just named one
of National Geographic Traveler's "50 of the World's Best Guided
Expeditions." "You'll have to carry your own gear on this circuit,
but cozy inns await each evening. Beginners welcome," writes author
Margaret Loftus. To read the rest of the short piece, go to the
following link, then click on "North America" and scroll down the
page a bit.
You can also check out this description of the ride on our brand new
A couple of other late June/early July trips with space available
include Cycle the Gorge (beginning and ending in Gresham, Oregon) and
the Freedom Flyer (taking cyclists from Philadelphia to Washington,
D.C.) Here are the links for those two tours:


Steve Magas, aka Ohio's Bike Lawyer, has created "Crash App," a
smartphone application for accident reporting and recording. "While
the legal stuff relates to Ohio Law, where I practice, the Crash App
can be used to record data from any crash, anyplace," Steve says. "You
can easily email the whole package to yourself, your own lawyer, or
me. I refer out-of-state folks to local lawyers in their own
jurisdiction. I think it can be very helpful and comforting to
cyclists to know that if something happens, all they need is a cell
phone, not even a pencil and paper, to get all the data they'll
need." Using the app, you can record location with your phone's GPS;
take videos/photos and store them; type notes, witness information,
info about the motorist or perhaps the dog owner; make sketches and
store them; and locate the nearest emergency room, cab, and/or bike
shop. You can find more information and links to both the iTunes and
Droid stores on Steve's website: 


The Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition is looking for a new
executive director to "guide this emergent advocacy coalition and
its initiatives, and continue its progress towards long-term
sustainability." According to details provided by the coalition, the
successful candidate will be a visionary with a creative eye for
identifying opportunities, along with the interpersonal skills and
savvy necessary for building positive relationships with a broad range
of individuals and organizations. You can find out more here: 


Grand Rapids, Michigan, mentioned above, is also known as Beer City,
USA. But it hardly has a corner on the market. Now Hardywood Park Craft
Brewers, a brewerey in Richmond, Virginia, is making a limited,
15,000-can production of a new brew called Capital Trail Pale Ale. It
will be launched at the Cap2Cap pre-ride party on May 10. A portion
of the proceeds from the beer's sales will go to the foundation of
the Virginia Capital Trail, which is expected to connect Richmond
and Williamsburg by 2014.
Hardywood is located just a block from U.S. Bike Route 1. Anyone
riding through Richmond on that route can stop by for a pint
Wednesdays through Saturdays. 


Brooke Scholl from Destin, Florida, contacted Bike Bits to tell us
about the annual Sandestin Beach Bicycle Tour coming up May 18. "The
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort on Florida's Emerald Coast will be
the backdrop for the tour as hundreds of cyclists venture through
northwest Florida," Brooke said. The weekend bicycle event is
designed for all road cyclists. Participants ride alongside pristine
beaches with distance options of 15, 30, and 60 miles. The event
benefits Alaqua Animal Refuge, an independent, nonprofit organization
located on Florida's Emerald Coast that advocates for the general welfare
and humane treatment of animals. 


Glamour camping, or "glamping," is a relatively new concept in the
world of "roughing it" (not). El Capitan Canyon, a self-described
"all-season comfort camping destination" in Southern California,
has announced "one of the widest ranges of nature lodging accommodations
in the U.S., from fully furnished safari tents, yurts, and cedar cabins
along the canyon floor to bike and car campsites and RV sites perched
upon a bluff in its Ocean Mesa Campground." To kick off the bike
touring season, El Capitan Canyon is offering a bike-in comfort
camping package to cyclists looking for a special stop on their tour.
The package includes one night in a bike camping site at Ocean Mesa,
a 55-minute massage, and a bottle of Happy Camper wine. In addition,
riders can use the full range of Ocean Mesa's amenities: pool and
jacuzzi, shower and laundry facilities, free Wi-Fi, and the convenience
market. The package is available now through May 23. This is not your
grandaddy's camping, nor is it priced as such. El Capitan Canyon,
20 miles north of Santa Barbara, is set on 350 acres of rolling
hills and canyons nestled against the Los Padres National Forest. 


Until next time … click on to learn about the
May 16-19 Greenbrier River Trail Bike Trek in wonderful West Virginia.

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