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Bike Bits Vol. 16, No. 21, November 5, 2014
This is the 345th issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling's twice-monthly bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 54,237 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


Chris Rurik, who describes his vocation as "Writer/Naturalist/Historian," wrote to tell us that he and a friend recently completed a ride down the coast of Oregon. "We were researching Oregon's five new marine reserves and the communities around them," Chris said. "We are now writing a series of five posts for National Geographic's Ocean Views blog." Click on the link below to read the first entry; the rest are scheduled to post over the coming weeks. Good stuff!


Adventure Cycling and the San Diego County Bike Coalition (SDCBC) are co-sponsoring a special gathering on Sunday, November 9th. Adventure Cycling executive director Jim Sayer will be there to talk about new routing projects like Bicycle Route 66 and the Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route, fill attendees in on the Bike Overnights movement, and present updates on the growing U.S. Bicycle Route System. Jim will also share some of the exciting plans we have in store for our 40th anniversary celebration in 2016. Enjoy snacks and drinks as you hobnob with Jim and fellow adventure cyclists from the area! The gathering will take place 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Balboa Park campus of Girl Scouts San Diego. Please RSVP at or (406) 532-2751 by November 7 so that we can be sure to have enough snacks and drinks on hand. Here's the link to the venue's website: 
Also on November 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the SDCBC is hosting CicloSDias, a bike-walk celebration in Hillcrest. It's free and fun--and you can participate with the other 12,000 expected revelers before coming to the bike travel gathering later in the afternoon! 


Silvia Ascarelli of New Jersey wrote to tell us about the recently completed, fourth annual East Coast Greenway (ECG) weeklong ride, which this year went from outside Philadelphia to Fredericksburg, Virginia. "The idea," Silvia explained, "is to ride the entire 2,900-mile route one week at a time over the course of several years. Next year's ride, also scheduled for October, will begin in Fredericksburg and end in Raleigh, North Carolina." The ECG has been described as an urban version of the Appalachian Trail, linking cities from the Canadian border in Maine south to Key West, Florida. "The route is mapped," Silvia added, "but there's still plenty of work to do to get more off-road, or at least on quieter roads, particularly around cities. But we rode some wonderful trails, ate pie and ice cream, and did a little bit of pushing for better routes." Have a look at some terrific photos from the ride on Silvia's blog: 


U.S. Bicycle Route 76 dedications that took place in Springfield and Farmington, Missouri, on October 11th celebrated the state's recent designation and signing of the route. According to Adventure Cycling Travel Initiatives staff member Saara Snow, some 40 people of all ages braved cold weather to attend the Farmington event, which included a 30-mile ride, speakers, ribbon-cutting and tours of Al's Place, the local bicycle hostel. With its number designation alluding to the Bikecentennial summer of 1976, USBR 76 follows the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail and has now been officially designated as USBR 76 in Virginia, Kentucky, Illinois, and Missouri. Westward ho we must go!
Here's the link to Saara's blog post about the Missouri gathering. It also covers her and Ginny Sullivan's September travels along the Natchez Trace Parkway in Mississippi and Tennessee.


Digital Research, an independent market research firm, wrote Bike Bits to tell us that they're conducting a short survey to learn more about avid cyclists — what types of people enjoy the sport, what role cycling plays in their lives, and how cycling impacts the communities they cycle in. Here's their official word: "This survey is purely for research purposes (no personal or identifying information will be collected), and should take no more than 10 minutes of your time. [Note: It took your Bike Bits editor more than 20 minutes to complete.] Your responses will remain anonymous and will never be used for marketing purposes. Your participation in this research will help show why cycling matters!" Those who complete the survey can opt to have their name entered in a drawing for one of several prizes.


November is here, which means the holidays are almost upon us. (In, fact, they're already upon us if you believe Halloween signals the waving of the holiday season's green flag.) This year, why not give your family and/or friends the gift of Adventure Cycling Association? A one-year membership includes nine issues of entertainment and inspiration in the form of Adventure Cyclist magazine (now also available in an interactive digital edition). It also brings discounts on route maps, access to our guided tours, and more, all of which will help empower your favorite people to get on the road to fitness and adventure. Take advantage of our half-price Holiday Gift program: Simply join or renew your own membership and you can give as many gift memberships as you want for as little as $20 each. Join at the Patron level ($60) or higher, and we'll also send you the stunningly gorgeous 2015 Adventure Cycling Association Calendar. Find more details here: 
The calendar, featuring photos from our annual Bicycle Travel Photo Contest, makes a great gift on its own. Check it out:


Cycling 4 Change is a charitable ride established by Dr. Santhosh Paulus to help end human trafficking and child poverty. His planned cross-country adventure will raise awareness and funds specifically for World Vision, a humanitarian organization focusing on children living in poverty, and Nomi Network, a nonprofit that aids both survivors and those at risk of human trafficking in Cambodia and India. Beginning next July, Santhosh and his team plan to follow a northerly route across the U.S. from Seattle to New York City, utilizing maps donated to the effort by Adventure Cycling Association. 
You can watch an interview with Santhosh and his team here:


Nancy Maier at wrote Bike Bits to share information about the Bicycle Event Directors Conference coming up December 6th in Philadelphia. The one-day meeting will help attendees learn how to better market, manage, and run their events. Nancy explained the need for such an event by pointing out that in the past 15 years, more than 150 one- and two-day charity and community rides have been established in the Mid-Atlantic States. "We will join together to share best practices and hear from successful marketers, risk management specialists, and organizers on ways to make your event bigger and better in 2015," she said.
If you're on, or closer to, the West Coast, don't forget about the National Bicycle Tourism Conference slated for November 5 (that's today!) through November 8 in San Diego. Thursday morning's opening speaker is none other than our executive director Jim Sayer, presenting on "The Power of Bicycle Travel." 


"In Bhutan, there is a king who rides a bicycle up and down the mountains. Like many stories you will hear in this tiny Himalayan nation, it sounds like a fairy tale." So begins a well-written, almost magical tale (the photos aren't bad, either) titled "Bhutan: A Higher State of Being." It's from T, The New York Times' style magazine. GNH, by the way, stands for Gross National Happiness.


Until next time, click on to view a wonderfully whimsical animated video about pedaling a triple bicycle pulling a tag-along — and hitching rides on a lake monster and an eagle — from John O'Groats to Land's End in Great Britain. 


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