How Was YOUR Bike Travel Weekend?

June 13, 2017 - Eva Dunn-Froebig is Adventure Cycling's Events and Outreach Coordinator.

At least a dozen families rode from Missoula to Larry Creek Campground and back, a 54-mile ride, for this Bike Travel Weekend bike overnight in Montana.

My heart was full on Monday morning after spending the weekend riding over 50 miles with new and old friends, ages four to 60, as part of the 2017 Bike Travel Weekend. Here in Missoula, over a dozen families rode on the Bitterroot Trail from Missoula to Larry Creek Campground, camped for one night and rode back on Sunday, stopping at Lolo Peak Brewing for lunch. Many of the families — and certainly most of the kids — had never done anything quite like this trip before. Emotions ranged from tears of frustration at the headwinds we encountered on Sunday, to big grins in response to triumph after pedaling up the final hill. Highlights included roasting hot dogs on the campfire, s’mores with Nutella, building fairy houses, gas station ice cream, whiffle ball, sleeping in a tent, sharing a 20-pound watermelon, reading in a hammock, playing chess … the list goes on and on.

Roasting marshmallows and making s’mores with Nutella was one of the highlights of this Bike Travel Weekend bike overnight, near Missoula, Montana, called Young People’s Bike Tour - Montana
Rest and relaxation in a hammock was in order after 27 miles on the Bitterroot Trail.

The Young People’s Bike Tour- Montana was just one trip out of 935 happening all over the world during the weekend of June 2–4. Check out the interactive map of Bike Travel Weekend trips.

935 Bike Travel Weekend trips were registered with trips in all 50 U.S. states and well over a dozen countries.

What did you do for Bike Travel Weekend? We want to hear about it and see your photos. Please submit your photos to us, keep posting them on social media with #biketravelweekend, and give us your feedback. Tell us your stories by taking this online survey. Please also share the survey link with friends who were part of the weekend. We want to hear from everyone!

Claudio Ortiz with The Spoke Easy in Charlotte, North Carolina, organized a trip in which two participants rode their BMX bikes over 140 miles.

If you submit photos to us, we’ll add them to the Bike Travel Weekend Flickr album and may even include them on Adventure Cycling’s social media channels and in the Bike Travel Weekend post-event report.

Steve Powell reported that 120 cyclists of all ages rode 48 miles on the Erie Canal Trail in New York and went through 30 gallons of water, 160 bags of trail mix, 270 slices of pizza, and five gallons of milk for pancake batter.
Mary McGowan’s group rode covered almost 200 miles in two days on the Silver Comet/Chief Ladiga trails.

Be sure to check out the #biketravelweekend photos on Instagram too!

Photos 1, 2, 3 by Lisa McKinney | Photo 5 by Claudio Ortiz | Photo 6 by Steven Powell | Photo 7 by Mary McGowan


Bike Travel Weekend Join thousands of other cyclists across North America and the world for Bike Travel Weekend and go on a one- or two-night bike overnight on the same weekend, June 1–3, 2018. Ride with your family or friends and stay at your favorite overnight location — whether it’s a nearby campground, hotel, cabin, B&B, hostel, or friend’s house. Ride solo or with a group and go one mile or 100 miles — it’s your trip! #BikeTravelWeekend


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