January 21, 2014
It's been a great year on BikeOvernights.org. 50 new stories were posted during 2013, and the number of states represented shot up from around 30 to 43. The seven states not yet represented are Maine, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Kentucky, and Wyoming.
When I was asked to highlight my three or four favorite bike overnights from 2013, I figured it was going to be easy. After I began thinking about it, however, I decided it was going to be impossible. And so, here are eight of my favorites, but not my eight favorites. There are others I enjoyed just as much as these.
Little Elbow to Mount Romulus — A Girl's Adventure with Grammy (posted January 14)
West Fork Butte Lookout: An Overnight in the Sky (February 18)
Bike Camp! Waterbury and Middlebury Gap (March 4)
St. Louis on a Single Speed (July 18)
The Covered Bridges of Sugar Creek (July 22)
Twin Cities Western Suburbs Beer Tour (September 9)
The Rectangle Ride: Bloated Fish & Butt Raisins (December 23)
I challenge you to read these stories and and to set out on your own bike overnight!
Photo 1 courtesy of Barb Kuester | Photo 2 courtesy of Casey Greene | Photo 3 courtesy of Nic Anderson | Photo 4 courtesy of Julian Hadley | Photo 5 courtesy of Alan Gossard | Photo 6 courtesy of Paul Capewell | Photo 7 courtesy of Aaron Nyquist | Photo 8 courtesy of Sarah Burch
MICHAEL McCOY compiles the organization's twice-monthly e-newsletter Bike Bits and organizes the Bike Overnights program. From March 2009 through January 2012, Mac wrote the weekly column Biking Without Borders.