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