Tag: touring

Virginia parks guarantee campsites for bike travelers

A new policy in Virginia requires state parks to set aside areas for bicycle tourists so they’ll have a place to pitch their tents, even when the campgrounds are full.

This is an issue near and dear to traveling bicyclists who prefer camping but don’t relish the thought of stealth camping in a patch of woods.

It hasn’t been much of an issue for me lately, as most of my bike camping involves overnight trips. If I’m heading to Washington state parks, I can choose those that have primitive hiker/biker spots, such as the one at Joemma Beach State Park on the Key Peninsula, above left.

This one was swank by primitive standards ….

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2012/04/05/virginia-parks-guarantee-campsites-for-bike-travelers/

Dangerous roads prompt bike route changes in North Dakota

Heavy road traffic in North Dakota’s “drill baby drill” region is forcing Adventure Cycling Association to relocate two established bicycle routes and issue new replacementent maps.

The Northern Tier and Lewis & Clark bicycle routes were redrawn to avoid the heavy traffic related to the oil and gas industry surge in northwestern North Dakota and moved southward generally to the Interstate 94 corridor.

Cartographer Jennifer ‘Jenn’ Milyko announced the changes at the Adventure Cycling blog last month. The national wire services picked up the story Tuesday under the headline “Bicycle group warns riders to steer clear of North Dakota’s oil patch due to dangerous traffic.”

The non-profit has been dealing with the issue for at least four years. ….

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2012/03/27/dangerous-roads-prompt-bike-route-changes-in-north-dakota/

Economic windfall forecast for Vélo Québec’s bike tour in Maine

Bienvenue dans le Maine. Profitez de votre balada a velo!

These words — Welcome to Maine. Enjoy your bike ride! — might be uttered many times as Vélo Québec brings a bicycle tour with some 2,000 cyclists to the state in 2013.

The Maine Department of Economic and Community Development announced the non-profit bicycling association is coming to Maine for a week in 2013 for its 20th annual Grand Tour Desjardins.

The bicycle tour is expected to be a big economic windfall for the state. The cyclists will stop in many of Maine’s small towns clamoring for food, entertainment and lodging ….

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2012/03/21/economic-windfall-forecast-for-velo-quebecs-bike-tour-in-maine/

Cyclist on bike tour missing in Death Valley

Authorities are searching for a 67-year-old San Francisco man who mysteriously disappeared from a bicycle tour campsite in Death Valley last week.

The man, George Kohler, was a member of an Adventure Cycling Association group of cyclists participating in Death Valley Loop I.

They were camped on March 12 at the Mesquite Spring campground in the north part of the national park. While others remained at a campfire, Kohler announced he was tired and heading back to the tent.

When he didn’t show up the next morning …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2012/03/20/cyclist-on-bike-tour-missing-in-death-valley/

Take this bicyclist out to the ball game

It is refreshing to see a front page story about bicycling in the local newspaper that doesn't invoke the  “bikes vs. cars” debate in the headline.

The story is about Darren O'Donnell's amazing venture to travel by bicycle to all 30 major league baseball parks this season and watch a game.

Like many in Bellingham, Washington, O'Donnell is a bicycling enthusiast. He's also a baseball fan. In fact, he's looking for a front office job in baseball and figured this would be a great way to introduce himself to management.

O'Donnell is about halfway through his cross-country trek by bicycle, visiting the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and the Florida Marlins after meandering the western US.

Next he'll head north to Atlanta, then Cincinnati and Cleveland ….

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2011/06/21/take-this-bicyclist-out-to-the-ball-game/