Bike Bits Vol. 21, No. 8, April 17, 2019Having trouble reading this email? Click here. 

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This is the 449th issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling’s twice-monthly bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 69,391 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.  
“Our ability to perceive quality in nature begins, as in art, with the pretty. It expands through successive stages of the beautiful to values as yet uncaptured by language.”
Aldo Leopold
Winter Vacation in the High Atlas Mountains 
A father-and-son bike journey through Morocco, told in photographs. 
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Big Dreams and Empty Wallets
Looking for a little financial help in your next big adventure? Apply for an Adventure Grant. 
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Ghost Hunters: Bikepacking Edition
Touring John’s Canyon in the shadow of violence and tragedy. 
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Youngest Briton to Cycle the Globe
Eighteen-year-old Charlie Condell completed his circumnavigation of the world in March, after nine months on the road. 
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Denmark, the Faroe Islands, and Iceland
Bicycle touring is alive and well at the (north) end of the world. 
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Off Road and On Point
Guinea-pigging the brand-spanking-new Trans Slovenia Trail. (Eventually you’ll be able to ride the TransDinarica, from Slovenia to Serbia!) 
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For the Upcyclist in All of Us
Shiny, new gear is all well and good, but new gear that’s been recycled from old gear makes us all tingly inside. 
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California Dreamin’
Join the 6th Annual California Dream Ride, September 22–27, 2019, and ride 290 miles over five days, from Folsom to San Francisco. Ride through wine country, gorgeous redwoods, and across the Golden Gate Bridge with fun and friendly fellow riders while supporting the California Bicycle Coalition on this fully supported ride. Limited to just 75 riders, so sign up soon! 
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Making Art from Rail Trails
“4 ½ ft” explores the American landscape by bicycle from the perspective of abandoned railroads, illuminating a new line across the country. 
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Escape from Portlandia
Check out new bike routes, of the road, gravel, and mountain varieties, in Oregon’s Tualatin Valley. 
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Until next time, click here for vicarious adventures in Italy, by way of 2,540 photos.

Illustrations by Greg Siple

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