August 26, 2015
Protected bike lanes and bike share programs are just two ways modern American cities are opening their arms to better two-wheeled travel. In New York and Washington DC, protected bike lanes doubled the amount of commuters since 2009. At Adventure Cycling, we focus on connecting the urban and rural. Our plans for the latest Adventure Cycling maps are no exception. Our cartographers are sharpening their proverbial pencils for a new city-to-city route to connect the Windy City to the Big Apple. Our Chicago-New York route will start where Route 66 left off and complete a coast-to-coast route connecting Los Angeles to New York via Chicago.
That’s not all our cartographers have up their sleeve, they’ve got their sights set on the Southwest. You heard it here first! Pack your panniers—we’re going to Texas! Banish all thoughts of tumbleweed and flat, dusty roads. This isn’t the Texas of the cowboy movies; this is the world-famous, blue bonnet-blanketed Texas Hill Country.
Right now, Route 66 cuts across the top of Texas and the Southern Tier skirts the border, briefly touching Hill Country, but there's a whole lot of central Texas that remains unmapped by our cartographers. After hearing quotes like these from our Hill Country tour participants, we knew the next map we needed to create.
"The bluebonnets and other wildflowers everywhere were eye candy. I loved the massive trees and longhorn steers in the pastures watching us curiously as we rode by, the impressive ranches, and friendly motorists giving us the nod as we passed by." –Bobbie Huot
"There was a moment riding in the tail end of a rain storm when I capped out over a small hill. The sun streaked through the clouds and picked out patches of wildflowers to my right down a slope into a valley. Everything was coated with water drops that sparkled in the sun. It was simply breathtaking—a moment that you only get when you have cycled to the end of the rain." –Stana Martin
A lush landscape isn’t the only thing you’ll find with the Texas Hill Country Loops map. You’ll pedal through rural towns alive with a rich fusion of German and Spanish culture. Fill up on German beer and tamales before you head over to a historic dance hall for live music and, if you can still stand, dancing.
We need your help! By donating today, you can turn Texas on my Mind into Texas on my Map. Your donation enables our cartographers to research and develop the best possible route. They’ll measure road shoulders and study topography, locate great food and classic roadside attractions so you can ride a safe and scenic Texas.
Donations over $250 will be doubled thanks to a generous donor, and you’ll receive a first edition set of either Texas Hill Country Loops or Chicago to NYC maps along with a logoed Adventure Cycling map case. Donate $100 or more to receive the map case, great for keeping the map accessible while you ride.
Help us start cranking out the miles and donate today!
Got a great name for our Chicago-New York route? Leave a comment and tell us! Sorry, Mobsters-to-Lobster has already been suggested.
Top photo by Active Transportation Alliance. Bottom photo by Rob Greebon.
The Thomas Stevens Fan Club is brought to you by the development team, Annette, April, and Michelle. They share an office with a classic Parisian Metropole bicycle. Want to know more about how you can support Adventure Cycling and all the amazing work they do? Call them at 406-532-2760 or email them at email@example.com