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February 5, 2016
A Most Fortuitous Campsite Closure
A Most Fortuitous Campsite Closure

CAMPGROUND CLOSED! This is never a good sign to see when you are on a bike tour. But things often work out, especially this time!
 

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January 15, 2016
Party On!
Party On!

The bicycle is not only a great way to see the world; it's hard to beat as a way to experience the world. I've sometimes been dragged off my bike to join in the festivities. For example ...
 

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January 1, 2016
A Touring Cyclist's Blessing
A Touring Cyclist's Blessing

May your path have less traffic and more beauty ...

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December 18, 2015
Electric Shock
Electric Shock

Many a bike traveler will sing the praises of the simplicity of the road. There are often only three things to consider — which road to travel, what to eat, and where to sleep. Technology has added a fourth — where to recharge that device.

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December 4, 2015
Adventure Parenting
Adventure Parenting

Riding across the country? How can his parents let him be so independent and adventurous at such a young age? Aren't they worried? Isn't is dangerous? Listen ...

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November 20, 2015
One of the Pack
One of the Pack

I'm not much of a group rider and that's an understatement. I'd estimate over 98 percent of the miles I've pedaled have been solo, or with one other person. I just like the solitude and reflection that comes with bike travel, but last month, I had a chance to be "one of the pack."

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November 6, 2015
A Complex and Delightful Mix
A Complex and Delightful Mix

Travelers are a complex and delightful mix of the journeys they've experienced.

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October 23, 2015
Yukon Wild
Yukon Wild

"River and plain and mighty peak—and who could stand unawed? As their summits blazed, he could stand undazed at the foot of the throne of God."

What Robert Service wrote of the Yukon in 1911 is still true today.

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October 9, 2015
Montreal Bike Love
Montreal Bike Love

Sights and Sounds: Explore Montreal with Willie Weir and Bixi.

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September 25, 2015
Fall
Fall

Sights and Sounds with Willie Weir. This could get you ready for that fall bike tour ...

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September 11, 2015
Sights and Sounds: Over 200 Posts That Will Inspire You to Get on Your Bike
Sights and Sounds: Over 200 Posts That Will Inspire You to Get on Your Bike

Dream. Pedal. Travel. Repeat! Willie Weir has been blogging with Adventure Cycling since 2009 under the category of "Sights and Sounds." Over 200 posts later, we think it's time for a look back at ten of Willie's personal favorites.

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August 28, 2015
One Amazing Tire Dip!
One Amazing Tire Dip!

He pedaled from San Diego to Seattle via the Pacific Coast route when he was twelve—from the border of Mexico to the border of Canada via the Sierra Cascades route when he was thirteen—and now, at age fourteen, he just finished another big one ...

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July 31, 2015
Pedaling the Murals of Minneapolis
Pedaling the Murals of Minneapolis

An informal survey found that "best bakeries" and "best brew pubs" rise to the top of prime destinations for the urban cyclist. When I visited Minneapolis, I discovered another wonderful category that could keep you entertained for a very long time...murals.

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July 17, 2015
Full Circle (in 34 years)
Full Circle (in 34 years)

What happens when you share the joy of cycling?  This!

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July 3, 2015
An Interstate Highway Walks Into a Bar
An Interstate Highway Walks Into a Bar

 

Sounds! While we were pedaling together, Zeke was able to display one of his many talents ... telling truly horrible, groan-worthy jokes. Listen to one in his "bad jokes arsenal."

 

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June 19, 2015
The Most Inspiring Bike Event on the Planet
The Most Inspiring Bike Event on the Planet

Imagine that your city or town could organize an event that closed down large portions of your streets to vehicular traffic and opened them up for people to ride their bikes or walk. Imagine that an incredible 30 percent of the citizens participated. Now imagine that event happening every Sunday of the year (plus holidays), year after year after year.

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June 5, 2015
Sights and Sounds with Willie Weir: Road Work Ahead
Sights and Sounds with Willie Weir: Road Work Ahead

In Myanmar, we watched hundreds of workers with brooms, metal pans, and rakes work on a road: hot, dusty, back-breaking work for meager wages...

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May 22, 2015
Sandia Crest: A Climb Worth Your Time
Sandia Crest: A Climb Worth Your Time

If you pedal Adventure Cycling’s Bicycle Route 66, you might want to consider a little detour with a huge reward.

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May 8, 2015
A Long Journey to a Short Ride
A Long Journey to a Short Ride

It was a journey of less than half a mile, but it took over two years to get there. Tiva, our reluctant traveler, finally took her first ride in a bike trailer.

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April 24, 2015
My Traveler's Heart is Unpaved
My Traveler's Heart is Unpaved

I love coasting down a long mountain pass on a smooth, silky road as much as anyone ... but I have to say my traveler's heart is unpaved.

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April 10, 2015
Armandito's: Hospitality on a Cuban Farm
Armandito's: Hospitality on a Cuban Farm

One of my fondest memories of bicycle travel came on a humble farm in Cuba. It is hard to believe it has been over 15 years that we were invited to stay with Armandito and his family.

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March 27, 2015
Bikes in Cambodia
Bikes in Cambodia

I love seeing the world on the seat of a bicycle, as much as I enjoy seeing it from the seat of a bicycle.

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March 13, 2015
Sweet Rewards: Pedaling to Panela
Sweet Rewards: Pedaling to Panela

Ask anyone who knows me well, and they'd tell you I have a sweet tooth ... Well, a whole mouth full of sweet teeth. Pedaling a bicycle long distances has allowed me to consume way more sugar than I should have, without it showing to a great degree on my person, so far.
 

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February 27, 2015
Most Memorable Bike Trip Sunset
Most Memorable Bike Trip Sunset

Sunsets are one of the great pleasures of life and travel. And just as food tastes better on a bike trip, sunsets are that much more beautiful after you've spent the day pedaling a bike.

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February 13, 2015
Pedaling Over the Language Barrier
Pedaling Over the Language Barrier

In my next life I'm coming back as a linguist. I will be fluent in a dozen languages. My command of these languages will be so complete, that I'll be confused as a local on every continent. Each night before falling asleep, I'll decide which language I'll dream in. But in this life I have come to terms with being a language klutz.

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