Bike Bits Vol. 22, No. 9, May 6, 2020Having trouble reading this email? Click here. 

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This is the 474th issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling’s twice-monthly bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 70,758 other readers, because you’ve signed up for it at the Adventure Cycling Association website. We want to inspire you to dream and to live your own bicycle adventures.  
“Technique and ability alone do not get you to the top; it is the willpower that is the most important.”
Junko Tabei
COVID-19 Update
We’ve been publishing Bike Bits for more than 20 years, but recent events make this week’s edition feel different than any other. We hope you enjoy some light reading about this wonderful bike travel community and a little bit of twice-monthly normalcy. Adventure Cycling has made a few changes in response to the situation. 
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First Bike Trip
Two women travel from Sweden to Italy by bike (and rail). In the middle of a heat wave. After running a 240-mile race. 
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Bicycle Routes for All of U.S. 
Help introduce new cyclists to bike travel by establishing a U.S. Bicycle Route in every state. Twenty-three states don’t have a route, but that’s about to change.
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Adventures in South America, Part Three
Follow Ryan Wilson as he journeys by bike (and foot) into the Andes. 
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Who is Your Trail Angel?
Did you meet someone on a bike tour who helped you out? Who gave you directions and a bottle of water and a place to sleep? Share a story about your Trail Angel on Instagram or Facebook along with a photo or your original artwork. Tag @adventurecycling and use #MyTrailAngel and we’ll highlight the “best of” on Monday, June 1. 
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Another Dream Deferred
Unfortunately, we get the feeling that this won’t be the last story of a round-the-world journey cut short by COVID. 
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BTW and BYPD are Joining Forces
Bike Travel Weekend and Bike Your Park Day are on the same weekend this year — September 25–27 — making it the biggest weekend for adventure cycling ever! Get out and ride during the last weekend of September whether you go on an overnight bike adventure or a day ride through public lands. Register to lead a ride, or join an existing ride, and you’ll be entered to win a Salsa Cutthroat bike. 
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Rolling Out the Blue Carpet
The Dutch have broken ground on what will be Europe’s longest bicycling bridge. And it’ll have green LED lights. For bats.
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Bikepacking Through the Bartang Valley
The roads less traveled are often less traveled for a reason. 
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Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop
One fifth-grader has commuted to school on his bike every single day since kindergarten — that’s 1,000 days — without missing a beat. 
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‘Bicycling? Yes.’
Looking back on lifetimes on two wheels.

Until next time, click here for vicarious adventures in the Scottish Highlands.

Vicarious adventures in the Scottish Highlands.

Illustrations by Greg Siple

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