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Bike Bits Vol. 18, No. 8, April 20, 2016
This is the 379th issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling's twice-monthly bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 57,657 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.


"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"
--From the poem "The Summer Day" by Mary Oliver 


A reader from Seattle wrote to give this update on the John Wayne Pioneer Trail: "If you haven't heard, this is a trail that runs much of the way across Washington State. It was rail banked years ago. The trail is well maintained in the west and neglected in the east. A couple of state reps tried to pull a fast one and included an amendment to the 2015 budget that gave 135 miles of rail right-of-way back to the landowners. But the gods were with us, and the final version of that amendment had a typo which proposed to shut down the trail from the Columbia River ... to the Columbia River. So it nullified the amendment. Now it is a scramble to make sure that the trail survives." The website linked below has some good info and photos about the trail, which could really use some support. 
This site explains more fully the situation with that serendipitous typo:


To celebrate Adventure Cycling's 40th anniversary, we wrote our first-ever coffee table book, "America's Bicycle Route: The Story of the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail." This beautiful book landed at our office earlier this month. Learn how to get yours here: 
You can also receive a complementary copy if you join as a Life Member in our 40th Anniversary year.


This year's Great Waterfront Trail Adventure is a five-day, fully supported bike tour in Ontario leading from Pelee Island to Grand Bend from August 7 to August 12. Participants will slip across the international border on day 4 to ride southbound on U.S Bicycle Route 20 on the western shore of the St. Clair River in Michigan. Learn more here: 
And here's a blog post by tour director Jo Sharland titled "10 Things You'll Love about Ontario's Great Lakes Waterfront Trail:" 


Bikepack Canada's stated mission is "to unite our bikepacking conversation, be a lifestyle leader, and help build the Great North into a go-to adventure destination." The organization also claims to be your "trusted source for routes, events, gear & beer." Sounds good to us! Check 'em out here: 


"Adventure Cycling is excited to announce its release of enhanced digital data for the TransAmerica Trail, just in time for cyclists to launch their trips across the country on our 40th anniversary, device in hand. This data may be purchased by individual map section or the entire route." So begins a blog post by the one and only Jennifer Milyko, the Routes & Mapping assistant director. She explains it so much better than we can here, so click in for a primer on what all this means: 


Greg Harris, executive director of the Missouri Rock Island Trail, Inc., wrote to tell us about the Katy Trail Rock Island Sneak Peek ride, coming up on National Trails Day, Saturday, June 4. Participants will meet at the Katy Trail trailhead in Windsor, Missouri, at 9:00 a.m. "The trailhead is less than a mile from where the Katy Trail crosses over the Rock Island Trail, under construction," Greg wrote. "The first 47 miles of it will open in late 2016, and connect the 240-mile Katy Trail to Kansas City." The Sneak Peak is a free event co-sponsored by the Missouri Rock Island Trail and AARP. 


Registration is open for Climate Ride's new Summer Session program, designed to engage young adults ages 18 to 24 in the bike advocacy, conservation, and sustainability movements. The 2016 inaugural ride is a 24-day, 1,200-mile, van-supported trip from Portland, Oregon, to Santa Barbara, California, taking in some of the Pacific Coast's most beautiful locales. Learn more, including how you can choose Adventure Cycling as a beneficiary, at this link:  


The first inn dedicated to bicycle touring on Long Island, New York, is opening just in time to support National Bike Travel Weekend! The Stony Brookside Bed & Bike Inn is located in historic Stony Brook Village. The innkeepers, Adventure Cycling members Marty and Elyse Buchman, plan to provide guests with guided or self-guided tours of the historic North Shore of Long Island and points east. From the boutique inn you can explore the Washington Spy Trail and the wineries, beaches, festivals, and picturesque country roads of Suffolk County's north coast. The inn, located just 60 miles east of New York City and adjacent to the historic Stony Brook Gristmill, is easily accessible by train from the city or ferry from Connecticut. Mention National Bike Travel Weekend when booking for a special discount.  
Here's more on National Bicycle Travel Weekend: 


Tickets to Adventure Cycling's 40th anniversary celebration are going quickly, so don't delay getting yours! More than 300 individuals have already purchased tickets to attend one or both of two Montana Bicycle Celebration events: 1) a reception on Friday, July 15, with hors d'oeuvres, music by Ben Sollee, films presented by The Path Less Pedaled, and the honoring of the Bikecentennial founders; and 2) a dinner on Saturday, July 16, with inspiring speakers Erick CedeƱo, Lael Wilcox, and Willie Weir, and music by Mark Baker. Tickets are limited to 500 for each event and prices increase on May 1. Purchase tickets before May 1 and the cost is $25 for the Friday reception and $55 for the Saturday dinner, or $76 for both. If you wait until after May 1, tickets may have sold out; if they haven't, the price increases to $30 for the Friday reception and $65 for the Saturday dinner. 
Learn more about some of the goings-on by checking out the Bitterroot Trail's website:


Linnea Langkammer, a graduate film student at Temple University in Philadelphia, wrote to tell us that she's making a documentary about her bicycle journey across Europe and the Middle East. "The project follows myself and my collaborator, an aspiring British cyclist, as we embark on a 12-week, 7,000-kilometer journey cycling from Germany to Turkey, reversing the route of mass migration from the Middle East to the European Union. We are very much interested in exploring the refugee crisis: the reasons people move, some fearing death, and what they hope the future will bring. We will document our journey through our website and blog, updating it with images, interviews, video clips, and personal reflections. The footage from the expedition will also become a feature-length documentary." Learn more about the fascinating project here:


Tom Marriage, writing for The Guardian, laments what he feels is a loss of the spirit of adventure and spontaneity in cycling, as the sport experiences a "cultural shift away from fun and experiences toward a macho world of speed and Strava." Click here to read Mr. Marriage's piece, and to see whether you agree or disagree with his premise: 


Until next time, click on for a little vicarious adventure via video. 


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