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Bike Bits Vol. 16, No. 19, October 1, 2014
This is the 343rd issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling's twice-monthly bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 53,716 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.


"For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move." 
--Robert Louis Stevenson


In mid-September, Mike and Linda Stuart of Concord, New Hampshire, happened into Shepherdstown, West Virginia, where they were interviewed by Linda Vojtasko for the Shepherdstown Chronicle. After both taking an early retirement and selling their home and other possessions, Vojtasko explains, the couple set the wheels in motion and headed out on the trip of a lifetime. Their immediate plans are to reach Florida by Christmas, continue through the U.S. until the fall of 2015, and then bike through Mexico, Central America, and South America. At that point, who knows what comes next? (You can also find your way to the couple's pages via the Chronicle story.) 


On a similar note, Jim and Shawn Rathbun of Grand Rapids, Michigan, pedaled their tandem from the East Coast to the West Coast this past summer. Both are alumni of Michigan Technological University, and the proud school has posted a story about the couple's trip on its news page. You'll also find a link to the blog that the Rathbuns updated while on the road. 


Join the Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation, Adventure Cycling Association, and the City of Farmington for a grand opening celebration and dedication of U.S. Bicycle Route 76 at Al’s Place, 11 North Franklin in Farmington, Missouri on Saturday, October 11th, at 11:30 am. U.S. Bicycle Route (USBR) 76, also Adventure Cycling’s TransAmerica Bicycle Trail, was officially designated and signed last year in Missouri, thanks to the dedicated work of local and state partners. The event will feature speakers, food and refreshments, USBR 76 t-shirts, and tours of Al’s Place, Farmington’s infamous bike hostel. You’ll have the opportunity to meet other cyclists and local officials, learn about the route, and celebrate Missouri’s addition to the U.S. Bicycle Route System!
Please RSVP to the City of Farmington at 573-756-1701 or by email to For more details visit:


New in 2015, in the spirit of Cycle Oregon and Cycle Greater Yellowstone, comes Cycle Adirondacks. The weeklong road bike tour through the Adirondack Park in New York State will feature daily routes that expose riders to the forests, lakes, and streams of the famed Adirondack region. Experts from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), the ride's beneficiary, will be on hand throughout the week to provide information on the area's wildlife and other natural history. "Cycle Adirondacks is a unique way for the Wildlife Conservation Society to showcase the picturesque natural landscape that is home to an incredible variety of wildlife and historic towns and villages," said Zoe Smith, director of WCS's Adirondack Program. "From the quiet seat of a bike, this new event will provide a personal discovery of the Adirondacks. Riders should expect a top-notch event." Registration is now open for the ride, slated to take place August 23 through 29. 


If you're an shopper, here's a new way to give to Adventure Cycling Association. When shopping there, choose Adventure Cycling as the beneficiary of your AmazonSmile accounts. What this means is that, for every purchase you make, Amazon will allocate a certain percentage of the sales price to Adventure Cycling. Learn how to sign up here:


Every Monday a new tale of a quick camping or B&Bing adventure by bicycle is posted at The mission of maintaining the site is to provide the inspiration, resources, and tools needed to plan and execute short bicycle tours of one or two nights in duration. A few stories recently posted come out of British Columbia, Utah, central New Jersey (by way of New York City), and Oregon. Here, respectively, are links to those four stories. Have a read, get inspired, and then send us photos and a write-up of your own Bike Overnight! 


Dr. Manoj R. Vora, a native of India who's now an internal medicine specialist in Lowville, New York, has reached the highest point on all seven continents, Mount Everest in southern Asia included. Now he's doing something different: bicycling across America. "Dr. Vora's goal of cycling across the U.S. has been something he has wished to do since he was a boy growing up in Ahmedabad, India," writes Chris Brock in the Watertown Daily Times. "The dream of cycling across the U.S. was right behind his leading dream of becoming a doctor." The tour he's now on, aptly called "The Bucket List Trip," was organized by Trek Travel. It began August 24th in Portland, Oregon, and ends October 7th in the Maine city of the same name. 


As you may have read or heard, last June, Adventure Cycling Association and the European Cyclists' Federation agreed to partner up and promote one another's work and respective route networks, the Adventure Cycling Route Network and EuroVelo. We all feel it's a win-win, sharing information while encouraging and promoting cycle tourism and new route development. Check out this nice story about us that the ECF recently posted on their website; also, watch for reciprocal articles about the ECF and EuroVelo in Adventure Cyclist magazine. 


Until next time, click on to read about a California entrepreneur who has turned his love of cycling into an ultra-lucrative business. 


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