Invitation to 4/7 Adventure Cycling Gathering in Portland

We’d like to invite you to a very special Adventure Cycling gathering in Portland on Wednesday, April 7 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. Adventure Cycling’s Jim Sayer and Jenn Milyko will be in town to unveil the brand new 2,400 mile Sierra Cascades Bicycle Route and to share the latest news on bicycle travel and adventures in North America (and perhaps beyond!). This will be a grand celebration with our friends at REI, which provided financial support for route research. We are especially excited because the Sierra Cascades route takes the Adventure Cycling Route Network over 40,000 miles – to our knowledge, the largest mapped bicycle-friendly route system in the world!

Join us at REI’s Store in the Pearl District for this important event. Refreshments will be provided and the fun will begin at 7:00, with the program starting at 7:30. For directions, click on — or call (503) 221-1938.

Please RSVP by April 2nd by responding to this email or calling me, Beth Petersen, at 800-755-2453 x 211. We also encourage you to invite cycling colleagues, other friends or family. The event is free and open to the public.

We are looking for a few volunteers to help with the event and prepping the gathering location.  Please contact Beth Petersen at or 800-755-2453 ext. 210 if you are interested.

Thanks and hope to see you there.

Happy riding,

Beth Petersen
Adventure Cycling Association
800-755-2453 x 211
Inspiring people to travel by bicycle for fitness, fun and self discovery.


New Bike on Order, Adventure Begins in 3 Months!

Sam Hillborne
Sam Hillborne from Rivendell Bikes

Wednesday Talk on US Bicycle Route System by Adventure Cycling

Ordinary bicycle, Skoda Museum, Mlada Boleslav...
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I’m writing to let you know that has invited Ginny Sullivan of Adventure Cycling Association to talk about the emerging U.S. Bicycle Route System in Portland, OR on Wednesday, Feb 3 as part of their ongoing “An Evening with?” series of live interviews. Adventure Cycling’s executive director, Jim Sayer, will also be on hand to meet and greet members.

For five years, Adventure Cycling has had a leading role in helping states design and transform the national corridor plan (see into what could become the largest bicycle network in the world! Ginny Sullivan, special projects director, will talk about the role Adventure Cycling has taken in nurturing the project along and share the latest progress on which states are moving forward.

We hope you can join us. This will be a great conversation – not just about the U.S. Bicycle Route System but about the realities and future of bike travel. Bring your friends and questions for a Q & A that will follow.

An Evening with Ginny Sullivan and the U.S. Bicycle Route System
Wednesday, February 3rd
6:00 – 8:00 pm – come early to meet Ginny and Jim Sayer, eat, drink, and be merry.
Plan B (1305 Southeast 8th Ave.)
Hope to see you there.


Time to Drop the Fork and the Competition

The peloton of the Tour de France
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I wanted an inspirational piece of advice to begin the new year with and this article Back in Racing Form After Dropping the Fork published in the NYTimes.  They have a clever picture on the front page, and a great article about a racer getting back in the game at the old age of 34 and while I have never been a racer, I also don’t have to get back to that level.  The question remains, what level can I get back to?


My Favorite Cycling New Year’s Resolutions

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My favorite Cycling resolutions for 2010 came from this article by Selene Yaeger on

Don’t expect to see changes if you always ride the same routes at the same speed with the same people. If cycling improvement is what you’re after, resolve to do these 10 things in the months ahead.

The question is which will I actually commit to, or even consider for 2010?

Register for a Race – A little out of my price range, would rather have a new bike!
Go Easy More Often – This makes sense and I can commit to it!
Ride Out of Your Rut – Willingly
Work on the Fundamentals – Trainer?  Would love to set one up regularly, but will pass on this one for now.
Get a Jump on the Competition – Makes sense, except for time and exposure to someone who knows about this, will try skateboarding to provide something.
Shrink Your Cycling Circles – A group ride would be fun, need a group, probably not the issue she mentions.
Condition Your Core – I will commit to trying this!
Track Your Progress – Commit!
Balance Your Body – Need a stability ball
Set Up a Cycle – Can a commuter do this?


I Love Bicycle Travel

From the Adventure Cycling Association, I am a member.


On the Trans Am trail

Today, the first day we were on the Trans Am (American) trail ( and we saw a total of 12 bikers (23 June), 9 EB and 3 WB. We camped with two from Grass Valley,CA at Ochoco County Park which was extremely nice. We stopped fornany others we could and yelled or waved to th others.

We are the unofficial neutral support on the route at present.