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Bike Bits Vol. 16, No. 20, October 15, 2014
This is the 344th issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling's twice-monthly bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 54,022 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.


"After your first day of cycling, one dream is inevitable¬Ö. You ride through Dreamland on wonderful dream bicycles that change and grow." 
--H.G. Wells, "The Wheels of Chance" 


Our friend David Kroodsma, the climate researcher and intrepid cyclist behind the Ride for Climate, wrote to share a video of a remarkable piece of musical serendipity that filled the rarefied air during his adventures in early September. "Remco Schoonbrood and Hera van Willick of the Netherlands, both trained singers, were cycling through the Pamirs of Tajikistan when they crossed paths with six other cyclists from four different continents," wrote David. "The six were Felipe Hilgenberg of Brazil, Robin Olf of Germany, Yusuke Yoneyama and Asami Yoneyama of Japan, and Lindsey Fransen and myself from the U.S." When the eight riders reached the 14,042-foot pass between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan--"perhaps due to a lack of oxygen," David wrote--they broke into song about cycling in the Pamirs. As he pointed out, the lead vocalists in the video are in Tajikistan, while the backup singers and dancers are in Kyrgyzstan.


The complete 2015 slate of Adventure Cycling tours can now be explored, and is it ever a terrific lineup. You'll find new tours like the Western Express-TransAm epic, a self-contained ride in upstate New York's Adirondack Park, a van-supported excursion along the heralded Natchez Trace Parkway, and our first-ever adventure in Puerto Rico, an 11-day inn-to-inn tour exploring the perimeter of the "Island of Enchantment." And there's so much more ¬Ö have a look, and set the dream machine in motion: 


While it may appear that we're paraphrasing Lynyrd Skynyrd, the headline actually refers to one of the towns along the Beaver State's newest addition to its system of scenic bikeways, the 72.6-mile Santiam-Calapooia Scenic Bikeway. As reported in the Corvallis Gazette-Times news story linked below, in September the Sweet Home city councilors voted unanimously to approve the new route, which is in the northwest part of the state, south of Portland and west of the Cascade Range. It looks and sounds like a really good one.


A little over a year from now, the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail turns 40, and Adventure Cycling is gearing up for a celebration worthy of such a milestone. For a sneak peek at what to expect, have a look at executive director Jim Sayer's letter from the July 2014 Adventure Cyclist magazine: 
Also, Adventure Cycling is now searching for an Event and Outreach Coordinator, whose principal responsibility will be to coordinate these 40th anniversary festivities. Please share this announcement with outgoing, well-organized folks who love bike travel and wouldn't mind living in Missoula, Montana!


This nice story from The Voice of Macomb and St. Clair counties in Michigan focuses on a pair of retired friends from Ontario riding the Bridge to Bay Trail, which links Lakeport State Park and New Baltimore. The article explores the growing role cycling is playing in the state's tourism industry, and includes a quote from our own Ginny Sullivan, director of travel initiatives at Adventure Cycling.


A Bike Bits reader named Adam wrote to say that, "some friends of mine from Portland, Oregon, are in the final month of their trip from the West Coast to the East Coast. They've put together quite a wonderful blog about their adventure, with some good writing, good photos, and great stories from their journey." Check it out for yourself here: 


Inspired by the Twin Bridges Bike Camp along the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail in southwest Montana, a group in the Bitterroot Valley is looking to create something similar. Read all about it at the story linked below, where you'll also learn about a new 8-mile trail that will represent a tremendous boon to the TransAm Trail in western Montana. 
You can read about the Twin Bridges Bike Camp here:


Thanks to Frank M., chief of research and bottle washing in our Denver Bureau, for sending the following links to Bike Bits. The first one, Experience France by Bike, is the creation of Maggie LaCoste, a Charleston, South Carolina, resident who has ridden a lot in France and wanted to share all she has learned to help others plan their own independent tours there. The second link highlights "387,663 kilometers of cycle paths in Europe, both official trails and itineraries added by members of [our] community." That would be the community of Bicycle Routes & Tours: Multi-day bicycle touring in Europe. 


From her office at Adventure Cycling headquarters in Missoula, America's crossroad for bicycle travelers, tours specialist Darrah Rogers is well positioned to meet riders and keep her finger firmly placed on the pulse of the cycletouring blogosphere. Here, in her own blog entry, she tells us about some of her 2014 favorites. 


Until next time, click on to see why we say trials rider Danny MacAskill has nothing on Legos. 


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