November 21, 2013
October 2013 was a very busy month including map reprint deadlines and travel across the country (with all the preparation that entails). My travel destination of Greenville, South Carolina, was determined by my planned attendance of my 10th North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS) meeting. The photos below represent some of the highlights.
Fortuitously, Greenville is the home to Pedal Chic, a female-centric bike shop we featured in the March 2013 Adventure Cyclist. I got in touch with the shop's owner, Robin Bylenga, and she set me up to speak in her store about bicycle travel.
Me, flanked by Pedal Chic's front of the store staff
Though the meeting audience was small, it was mighty. We attracted an Adventure Cycling member who joined in 1976, a recent Leadership Training Course participant, and a local cycling advocate who still had her Pacific Coast map booklet from the early 1980s that she brought to show off.
Robin buzzing ahead of me on the trail
Prior to the presentation, Robin took me on a quick spin down the Swamp Rabbit Trail. She set a good pace and we were off on the wet, leaf-strewn path that was just beginning to show its coming autumnal glory.
The Swamp Rabbit Trail runs through the Furman University campus. We made a quick stop at the tower to take in the view of the lake.
The next day it was time to talk maps at the NACIS conference.
Cartographers David Lambert and Peter Wrenn discuss the "map quilt" on display at the NACIS Map Gallery.
I have been chairing a committee on membership for NACIS while I serve on the board. I coordinated NACIS's first-ever membership survey (with some excellent advice from Adventure Cycling staff) and had the opportunity to present the survey results at the conference.
I wrapped up the week and unwound from the crazy schedule by taking a tour of local waterfalls before returning home to Missoula.
One of the several waterfalls I took in on my day off.
All in all, a well-rounded trip with plenty of time to take in new cartographic information, spark a couple bicycle travel dreams and thoroughly enjoy my return home!
Top photo: Pedal Chic owner (in all black) surrounded by some of our guests who came to the shop to hear about bicycle travel. Photos by Jenn Milyko.
GEOPOINTS BULLETIN is written by Jennifer 'Jenn' Milyko, an Adventure Cycling cartographer, and appears weekly, highlighting curious facts, figures, and persons from the Adventure Cycling Route Network with tips and hints for personal route creation thrown in for good measure. She also wants to remind you that map corrections and comments are always welcome via the online Map Correction Form.