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Bike Bits Vol. 15, No. 13, July 3, 2013
This is the 313th issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling's twice-monthly
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"You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July
4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the
White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics
where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies
die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism."  
--Erma Bombeck


Missoula, Montana, June 28, 2013: "Adventure Cycling Association issued
a strong warning today to cyclists planning to ride its Great Divide
Mountain Bike Route in Canada. The organization, which developed and
regularly updates the route, advised that, because of the extraordinary
flooding and flood damage throughout the provinces of Alberta and British
Columbia, cyclists should not attempt to ride the Canadian section of
the route this year." Read the press release in its entirety at this link:


It wasn't flooding that halted Canadian Byron Enns' progress on the
Great Divide route in October 2009; nope, it was snow and cold. Check
out this five-frame graphic tale about Byron's misadventures that
appears in the July/August 2013 edition of Sierra magazine. At the
end you'll find "expert commentary" from Adventure Cycling media
specialist Mac McCoy. (Despite his rocky start, Byron successfully
cycled all the way to Argentina.)


Get your popcorn ready! Bike Bits has learned from Adventure Cycling
senior cartographer Jenn Milyko that the DVD "Sleepless 'til Seattle"
is now available to American audiences. Jenn had the opportunity to
screen the film about a ride across the northern U.S., after which
she sent this review to Scottish riders/producers Graham Kitchener
and Pauline Symaniak: "Very lovely piece. At the end, my husband was
ready to watch it again and also inspired to start a grand trip of
his own! I'd say that's a ringing endorsement. I especially enjoyed
how you handled the section on Minot, North Dakota, and I learned a
lot about the Erie Canal from the beginning of the film. Definitely
appreciate all the kudos you sent Adventure Cycling's way, thanks."
Click on the link below to learn more and to watch a two-minute
trailer, which includes a great 4th of July snippet as well as a
lesson on how to spell "Mississippi." Both the DVD and the soundtrack,
by Port Townsend, Washington, folk band Shady Grove, can be purchased


Adventure Cycling's annual bicycle-travel awards season officially
opened on Monday, July 1. Now we're ready and anxious to hear about
the contributions made by individuals and organizations throughout
America to promote bicycle travel and improve conditions for bike
travelers. We'll present four awards: the Pacesetter Bicycle Travel
Award, the June Curry Trail Angel Award, the Sam Braxton Bicycle Shop
Award, and the Adventure Cycling Volunteer-of-the-Year Award. One
winner for each award will be selected in the fall, and winners will
receive a certificate commemorating their award. Nominations must
be received by September 30; acts of goodwill need not have happened
in 2013 to qualify for the 2013 awards. Learn more here:
You can read about the inspirational 2012 award winners on our blog:


Check out this cool photo, shot in Texas, of Hurricane, Utah's Middle
School principal Roy Hoyt and Hurricane High School principal Jody
Rich. The two are cycling cross-country on the Southern Tier Route
to raise funds for purchasing new computers for their schools.
You can learn more about the journey on KSL TV's website: 


Summer has arrived alright, but there's still time to track down and
reserve that late summer or early fall dream ride. The available
August and September tours include Grand Canyon Van III, Wine and
Harvest (Northern California), Oregon Coast Loop, Wild Coast Central
Van, C&O Canal, San Juan Inn-to-Inn, Black Hills Inn-to-Inn, and the
Portland-Crater Lake Loop. Click here to learn more about these and
other tours with space available:  


Robert Forsythe, manager of the Port of Siuslaw in Florence, Oregon,
has announced the opening of a twelve-site camping area at the Port's
campground designated exclusively for cyclists and hikers. The
hiker-biker campsites are at the east end of the campground, which
overlooks the Siuslaw River estuary at 100 Harbor Street in historic
Old Town Florence. "We're very excited to offer this service for the
thousands of hikers and cyclists who travel the Oregon coast each
year," Forsythe said, adding that the new area features twelve
windbreaks created from repurposed timber, with eye bolts and cleats
mounted to the wood to allow campers to secure their gear. "We worked
with local bicycle and hiking enthusiasts in designing the site,"
Forsythe said, "and included their suggested amenities," which also
include water, picnic tables, showers, and wifi. The new sites should
be well used: It's estimated that more than 5,000 people bicycle
Highway 101 through Florence each year, and that some 2,000 hike the
Oregon Coast Trail. The new campsites are first come-first served,
and rent for $8 per person (other sites in the campground may be
reserved online or by calling 541-997-3040). Click the link below
to view an illustration of the entire campground and photos of its
various elements: 


Cass and Nancy recently took baby Sage out for his first bike camping
trip in New Mexico. The results? Many fond memories, no doubt, and
some beautiful photographs.


Until next time ... click on
to watch a news video about the possibility of elevated bike lanes
coming to Oahu. 

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