Entries for month: March 2013

Photo of the Week 03.29.13

A canoeist about to get real wet. From Ohiopyle State Park: Something for Everyone, by Dave Battista.

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Vacation Within a Vacation: Death Valley Bike Overnight

Bike overnights are usually a way to escape the routine of home and work for a couple of days, squeezing a fun mini-vacation into an otherwise normal week. While my family has taken many such mini-vacations, we’ve found yet another good time for bike overnights -- when we’re already on vacation. You, too, can make that weeklong vacation more interesting, by throwing in a bike overnight.

Photo of the Week 03.22.13

From A Woman on Her Own in Vermont, by Deb Rogers.

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Eastern Rocky Mountain National Park

Over the past ten years, I have taken several one- to two-week bike vacations around the U.S. and Europe. However, after retiring in April 2012 and being inspired by the articles on BikeOvernights.org, I decided to take some short tours in and around the beautiful state of Colorado. This article is about my third such trip, which took me up to the eastern side of Rocky Mountain National Park. For this three-day ride, I biked with panniers on days one and three, and did an unloaded ride to the top of Trail Ridge Road on day two. The two nights out I spent in a hotel in Estes Park.

Photo of the Week 03.15.13

From Upcoming Event: GITy Up! on Trails for Illinois. Photo courtesy of Steve Buchtel.

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First Bikepacking Overnight: San Bernardino National Forest

Awhile back I started researching different types of riding, and soon discovered bikepacking when I ran into a guy at an event who sells gear for that activity. He and his wife actually rode the Continental Divide on mountain bikes. This, of course, led me to the Internet to find out all I could about bikepacking, which wasn’t too much. But I found it so interesting; it made me think back to my days in the Marine Corps with all the adventure and camaraderie. I started talking to my buddies about bikepacking and they expressed a general interest in it.

Photo of the Week 03.08.13

A father and son meal, from Biking Mountain Canyons in Northern Colorado, by Michael McGrath.

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