December 23, 2013
This guest post written by Adventure Cycling Memberships Intern Claire Dal Nogare.
You've got your Adventure Cycling maps and you're done navigating for the day, so now what do you do with them? Here are a few other handy ways to use your map set:
The quest for a place to rest your bum can be daunting. When no chair is available, fear not. The Adventure Cycling maps are a marvelous makeshift seat. As a bonus they will protect your chamois from water and dirt. All you must do is place your map on a patch of ground and then sit right on top of it. Disclaimer: The cushioning is quite minimal.
When the going gets tough, the tough get going.
This saying is too true when it comes to touring. In many areas, the weather can change on a dime. When the temperature begins to drop and your jacket is deep in your panniers what is a cyclist to do? Yet again, fear not. Your map can become an almost impermeable insulation layer. Simply unfold it and wrap in inside of your jersey. Protect those vital organs and continue your journey unfettered by the cold.
While pedaling around the country, many of the worries of normal life do not affect riders. There is no need for a well pressed shirt. Schedules are loosely followed. Traffic jams are a thing of the past. Nevertheless, one cannot escape the task of organizing their money, cards, driver’s license, etc. Made from recycled Adventure Cycling route maps, our Cyclosource store has just the thing:
In my humble opinion, waving down a car with wildly flailing hands just will not do the trick. Surface area is a magical thing. These maps boast an impressive 24x18" of surface area. Nobody can drive past a stranded cyclist and pull the “I didn’t see you” excuse when the cyclist is waving around a giant SOS flag.
Support sustainability and reuse your Adventure Cycling map. When you have finished your map what is better than to fold it into a beautiful creation? Paper cranes, a leaping frog, hearts, a hat, the list goes on. This would make a lovely gift for those who may be hosting you for the evening. Or to keep for yourself...
I know I've overestimated the power of the map with this last one. A map cannot function as a universal controller. But, I would recommend treating your map as such. It is made with love in Missoula, Montana. The amount of research and development and care that went into each section is astounding.
Photos by Patrick Finley and Julie Huck