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Bike Bits Vol. 17, No. 6, March 18, 2015
This is the 353rd issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling's twice-monthly bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 55,619 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.


"Adventure is worthwhile." 
-- Aesop (and/or Amelia Earhart)


Food for the Soul Train was inspired by a chance visit to a food truck in Decatur, Georgia, in September 2012. "We had been invited to the Decatur Book Festival. A local friend came to see us and recommended lunch at the Good Food Truck parked opposite the Little Shop of Stories. We picked up two of their savory cones and were so impressed with the food, their style, and the whole idea of a business flourishing inside such a small space. … then a new thought landed: What would happen if we housed our business in a vintage camper trailer, co-creating a space where our writing and art workshops could intersect?"  The "we" in the preceding passage refers to Maya Stein -- self-described ninja poet, writing guide, and creative adventuress -- and Amy Tingle, an award-winning wordsmith and former designer of button-themed jewelry. Coming up June 7 through 12, the pair is organizing a Spoke & Word creative retreat in Pittsfield, Vermont, where participants will combine art and writing activities, catered meals, dance, and group bike rides. Check it out here: 


Adventure Cycling's second video for Epic Montana is up and running. "Adventure Cycling Montana--TransAm" focuses on the granddaddy of cross-country routes, the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail, in the vicinity of Dillon, Montana. Watch it, and then don't be surprised to find yourself packing your panniers. 


The organization known as 88bikes launched in 2006; quickly exceeding their fundraising expectations, the founders gave 88 bikes to 88 children at the Palm Tree Orphanage in Phnom Pehn, Cambodia. From there, they've gone on to endow bicycles (and bike-maintenance training) to at-risk girls in Uganda, Peru, Nepal, and several other countries. "After the donations are raised, 88bikes travels to the project site in person. New bikes are purchased in-country from local merchants." Sounds like a terrific project.  


Avery Sumner contacted Bike Bits last week to tell us about the bike-to-farm tours he and his partner run in southernmost France. "We plan our six-day itineraries around organic farms and vineyards," Avery said, "visiting sheep cheese farms, almond groves, olive oil producers, vintners, and more. It's farm-to-table meets travel-by-bike." Learn more about the company at the following link, and note that both partners have undergone leadership training with Adventure Cycling. What better testimony could there be than that? 


Join the New Mexico Touring Society, New Mexico Bicyclists Educators, and Adventure Cycling Association in Albuquerque for a special celebration of the new Bicycle Route 66. The get-together takes place Sunday, April 19, at the Albuquerque Golf and Event Center at Balloon Fiesta Park. A 30-mile ride will precede lunch (New Mexican cuisine!) and presentations by our executive director, Jim Sayer, and Routes and Mapping Department assistant director/cartographer, Jennifer Milyko. Jenn will speak about the history and highlights of Bicycle Route 66, which passes through the Duke City en route from Chicago to Los Angeles. The ride starts at 8:30 a.m., followed by a noon lunch and then the presentations. More details: 


David Kroodsma has just finished a 10-month, 8,000-mile bicycle journey from Turkey to Myanmar. From March 26 to April 2, he will visit cities from Washington, D.C., to Boston to share stories from this journey and from his previous California-to-Argentina solo ride. In addition to stories of adventure -- ranging from fending off a jaguar in Belize to hiding from police in Tibet -- David, a former climate change researcher, will share his take on how people across the globe are experiencing climate change, drawing on interviews with people in 28 different countries. Signed copies of his recent book, "The Bicycle Diaries," will be available for purchase. Incidentally, David also penned a story about touring in Bosnia that appears in the March issue of Adventure Cyclist magazine. Find a list of the wheres and whens of his presentations by clicking on this link: 


Organizers of the Roswell Cycling Festival in Georgia have announced a new lineup of activities for their 14th annual event, scheduled for April 25 and 26. Mountain bike races, road races, and a craft beer tasting, with 11 participating restaurants, will be part of the main event on Sunday in Historic Roswell. "The Roswell Cycling Festival has become more than a pleasant afternoon under the shade trees of Historic Roswell for bicycle races--it has become a showcase for the city as a bicycle friendly community and a showcase for the city as a dining and shopping destination," said Roswell Mayor Jere Wood, who inspired a local bicycle club in 2002 to host the inaugural event. Learn more about all the activities, which include a family ride, here: 


"On Labor Day weekend, my friend Doug Trojan and I pushed off from Banff, Alberta, the northern terminus of the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. Our goal: Cover 640 miles in two weeks without getting eaten by a grizzly." So writes Douglas Eaton in a story published on the website of his local newspaper, the Syracuse Post-Standard. Nice piece, fun photos. 
While visiting the site of Douglas' hometown paper, another headline grabbed our attention: 
"Ice Bikes Gain Traction in Bitterly Cold Buffalo." Looks to us like a slippery slope. 


Mont Ventoux is often the venue of a challenging hill climb stage of the Tour de France. (The stats: just over a mile of elevation gain in 13-plus miles, for an average gradient of 7.5 percent, with some pitches exceeding 12 percent.) It's also a place of pilgrimage for non-professional cyclists from around the world, who come to pay their respects and test their mettle on the legendary mountain climb. Now "Ventoux" is the name of a new Dutch movie, which "follows four 50-something men taking on the mountain nicknamed the Giant of Provence, recreating an ascent they first did on road bikes 30 years earlier. In doing so, they discover themselves and also lay to rest some ghosts from the past …" BTW, the MAMIL headline, in case you're not already familiar with the acronym, refers to Middle Aged Men in Lycra. 


Until next time, click on to check out a great interview with our executive director, Jim Sayer, in The Bicycle Story. 


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