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Bike Bits Vol. 17, No. 21, November 4, 2015
This is the 368th issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling's twice-monthly bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 55,546 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 great way to learn about your country is to leave it." 
--Henry Rollins


The Royals' World Series victory is not all they're celebrating in Kansas City. Greg Harris, executive director of the Rock Island Trail, relayed the good news that Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has announced that the 47-mile section of the Rock Island Trail connecting greater KC to the world-famous Katy Trail will be completed next year. About 20 miles are already done, and the remaining stretch from Windsor to Chilhowee is slated for completion in 2016. "Another 144 miles will be acquired in the next few months, though it will take years to create a 191-mile trail from near KC to near St. Louis," Greg said, adding this postscript: "I've been a member of Adventure Cycling since it was Bikecentennial." Fabulous! Read the full press release about Rock Island Trail State Park here:  
A map showing the section to be completed in 2016 can be viewed at this link:  


Genie Crowe wrote to tell us that her daughter, Adventure Cycling member Lydia Caudill, is currently making her way home after a stint with the Peace Corps in Paraguay. "She started in January and is currently in Ecuador, having traveled the majority of the way by herself," Genie wrote. "She's crossed the Andes twice already at over 13,000 feet." Check out Lydia's words and photos at her blog, Pedal & Plow:  


Amy and Ken, Adventure Cycling members who recently moved from Montana to St. Augustine, Florida, wrote to tell Bike Bits about "the FABULOUS bike trail" they found in Flagler County in Palm Coast Park. "Keep up the great tales," they added, "we love reading about our fellow bike enthusiasts." Here at the website of PC Bike you can find links to all of the Flagler County bike trails, both paved and unpaved: 
On a similar note, a reader named Frank sent this one in, saying, "I just got an update from the Florida Greenways & Trails Foundation on the Florida Coast to Coast connector. It will be a great trail when done." 


According to, "There are so many ways you could help the environment and also help yourself in the process. Today, we suggest you try and make a rim trellis for your garden with a couple of bike rims which you grab from a recycled bike." Be sure to scroll down and have a look at the other repurposed bike-wheel creations. 


"Houston--humid, car-dependent, sprawling Houston--wants to be the next great cycling city. Surprised? So were we. Then we saw plans for the ambitious, 150-mile network of bayou-side bike trails, already partially completed, as well as a citywide bikeways initiative [that] will encourage and allow Houstonians to better navigate the city safely on two wheels." So begins the introduction to The Cyclist's Guide to Houston, where you'll find information on bike share, routes and itineraries, clubs and organized rides, and more.  


A representative of the Yurok Country Visitor Center in Klamath, California, wrote to share a blog post the center recently published about some new features aimed at cyclists traveling through Northern California. "We want to encourage bicyclists to take a break in Klamath," she said, "where they can refuel, hydrate, recharge devices, purchase bike accessories, learn about local Native American culture, and experience the amazing redwood national and state parks." Click here for more info: 


The following link takes you to a story from The Wall Street Journal explaining why a growing number of cycling advocates believe making it against the law to not wear a helmet while riding might hurt participation in our favorite activity. They say mandatory helmet laws make cycling less convenient, while also making it appear less safe, "thus hindering the larger public-health gains of more people riding bikes." Read the article here:  


According to the BBC News article linked below, hundreds of migrants have recently bicycled from Russia into Norway. It seems that they're not permitted to cross the Arctic border on foot, so a lucrative trade in bicycles has sprung up, with migrants purchasing kids' bikes and pedaling the final few feet of their journey.  


James McGary, a 2014 graduate of Great Falls High School in Montana, followed Adventure Cycling mapped routes to cross the country on his long board, raising money for cancer research as he proceeded. James rolled out of Seattle on June 10th and into New York City in mid-September. Here you can see maps for the route he followed:  
And here's the link to an October 5 story about James in his hometown newspaper: 


Until next time, click on to read about a new bikepacking adventure in New Zealand, and to learn how it was inspired by a ride on North America's Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. 


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