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May 4, 2016
The Rite of Spring
The Rite of Spring

What does 19th century Russian ballet have to to do with bikepacking?

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April 26, 2016
Emma On The Road Again
Emma On The Road Again

After six weeks off the bike, letting my back heal, I’m finally on the road again!

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April 12, 2016
The Ups and Downs of Life in the Saddle
The Ups and Downs of Life in the Saddle

I finally learned that climbing doesn’t have to be intimidating. It doesn’t have to be a competition or a guilt-ridden teeth grind if you get off and walk a little.

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March 29, 2016
The Road to Athabasca
The Road to Athabasca

Meet Erika Lundahl — one of the storytellers, activists, and artists who cycled over 1000 miles along the Trans Mountain Pipeline from Anacortes, WA to the tar sands in Alberta, Canada last summer as part of The Road to Athabasca.

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March 15, 2016
My Bicycle Crash: By the Numbers
My Bicycle Crash: By the Numbers

Broken jaw. Compressed vertebra. A few weekends ago, I went flying over my handlebars. After a trip to the E.R. and two weeks into my eight to ten weeks of off-the-bike rest, I’ve decided to look on the bright side! 

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March 1, 2016
1001 Stories About Water, An Interview with Devi Lockwood
1001 Stories About Water, An Interview with Devi Lockwood

For over a year, storyteller, poet, and cyclist Devi Lockwood has been traveling the world by boat and bike to collect 1,001 stories about water. 

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February 23, 2016
Is Winter Over Yet?!
Is Winter Over Yet?

Is winter over yet? Not at the Adventure Cycling headquarters in Missoula, MT. I know you’ve waited with baited breath for my next winter riding blog post, so here it is: carrying skis by bike.

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February 16, 2016
Death Valley Is Quite Alive
Death Valley Is Quite Alive

Hot? Boring? Stark? NO! At the right time of year, Death Valley comes alive with excellent cycling!

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February 9, 2016
Fat Bikes & Ghost Towns
Fat Bikes & Ghost Towns

This tiny mountain town is only accessible by snowshoe, ski, or snowmobile — seemed like the perfect opportunity to plan my first fat bike snowvernight.

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January 26, 2016
The Agony and the Ecstasy of Winter Biking
The Agony and the Ecstasy of Winter Biking

Now that you’ve read A Winter Biking Guide, you’ve coped while off the bike, and finally decided to gear up for winter, read about the best and worst parts of winter biking!

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January 12, 2016
Biking Can Get You There
Biking Can Get You There

The world of bike travel explodes with inspiring stories of the human spirit. I have heard enough around the campfire and during the post-ride happy hour to hold me in awe for the rest of my life. So here's one more. Mine. What's yours?

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January 5, 2016
Musical Interlude with Ben Weaver
Musical Interlude with Ben Weaver

Adventure cyclist, poet, and troubadour Ben Weaver has been following water and playing shows in unique venues all across the U.S. on his Salsa Marrakesh. Ben was recently included in Bikepacker Magazine's top bikepackers of 2015 and his ramblin' continues this winter with upcoming shows in Minnesota, including a performance at Art Shanty Projects on White Bear Lake.

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December 22, 2015
Top Five Touring Blogs for 2015
Top Five Touring Blogs for 2015

Sitting at his desk, listening to the cycling dreams of travelers, Adventure Cycling tours director, Arlen Hall, often lives vicariously through the adventures of cyclists he meets in person or online. Here are his top five blogs for 2015.

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December 15, 2015
A Winter Biking Quick-Guide!
A Winter Biking Guide!

As I glance out the window, a light snow is falling, but I'll keep riding my bike. Please add to this list of tips in the comments section.

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December 1, 2015
Exhibition Expedition: Escape from LA
Exhibition Expedition: Escape from LA

The ride from downtown Los Angeles out to Joshua Tree was a bit Mad Max -- just substitute post-apocalyptic chaos and chrome mouthed hooligans with a few art shanties and a couple thousand ladies on motorcycles and you get the idea. 

 

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November 24, 2015
Coffeeneuring 2015
Coffeeneuring 2015

Coffeeneuring: Seven rides to seven different coffee shops in seven weekends! A great excuse for a chilly fall ride. 

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November 10, 2015
Impressions from the Bicycle Tour Network Conference
Impressions from the Bicycle Tour Network Conference

Having just returned from the National Bicycle Tourism Conference, I am energized by four days of learning, networking, and cycling in sunny San Diego. All is right with the (bicycling) world.

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October 27, 2015
Why Cycle Oklahoma Bicycle Route 66?
Why Cycle Oklahoma Bicycle Route 66?

Adventure Cycling's Tours Director, Arlen Hall, wondered why he would want to ride in Oklahoma. He found plenty of reasons! With nearly thirty photos in this post, you'll be traveling along with Arlen and friends and maybe scheming your own Oklahoma ride.

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October 20, 2015
Southern Arizona Memories
Southern Arizona Memories

Southern Arizona was one of my more memorable rides. After being tested, eating a slice of humble pie, and experiencing some great synchronicity, I knew I'd go back in a heartbeat.

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October 13, 2015
A First-Time Mountain Biker
There's a First Time for Everything!

I bought myself a hybrid, started commuting to work, tried a road bike, bought a road bike, modified it into a touring bike ... Now, with a full-blown bike addiction and a move to Montana, what would come next in my bike-life adventure? Mountain biking, of course!

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October 6, 2015
Biking The Big Island
Biking The Big Island

Adventure Cycling's assistant tours director, Linda Baldwin, shares her adventure in Hawaii. "Oh, yeah! The ocean, the palm trees, the volcano, the orchids, the whales, the language, the warm breezes, the people. And yes, the incredible biking. But oh, oh, oh the coffee..."

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September 29, 2015
Ain't No Mountain High Enough...to keep me from singing some tunes
Ain't No Mountain High Enough...to keep me from singing some tunes

WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS REFERENCES TO HILL CLIMBS, EARWORMS, TAYLOR SWIFT, NUTELLA, PERFORMANCE LECTURES, AND THE CLASSIC 1993 FILM COOL RUNNINGS.

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September 22, 2015
Ten Times I Almost Died on my First Dirt Tour
Ten Times I Almost Died on my First Dirt Tour

My first dirt tour: shouldn't be too hard, right? Isn't dirt kind of like pavement, only ... softer? Sure, we can do 150+ miles in two days, um, mostly on dirt. I learned a lot on this tour ... mostly that I almost died. Spoiler Alert: I survived. 

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September 15, 2015
Here to There (and Everywhere in Between): Going West on the TransAmerica Trail
Here to There (and Everywhere in Between): Going West on the TransAmerica Trail

Meet our new tours specialist, Whitney Ford-Terry. Whitney rode the TransAmerica Trail this summer as an Adventure Cycling tour leader and shares her pilgrimage, along with great photos...

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August 25, 2015
My First Bike Tour: RAGBRAI XLIII July 19-25 2015
My First Bike Tour: RAGBRAI XLIII July 19-25 2015

Meet Emma Wimmer, Adventure Cycling's latest addition! Emma recently moved from Washington, DC to Missoula, MT to work with us and shared this fun account of riding RAGBRAI (Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa) this summer. Welcome, Emma!

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