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♪ I love to ride my bicycle; I love to ride my bike… ♫

posted Oct 7, 2011, 11:35 AM by JustBenke   [ updated Oct 7, 2011, 11:49 AM ]
Riding a bike is not only great exercise; it allows you to experience the world around you at the same time. Unlike riding in a car when things are moving by so fast and you are otherwise occupied with the business of driving (or you should be…put down those cell phones people!).


So where do you go to ride your bicycle? I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to ride my bike on a busy highway with all those angry drivers out there. I want to relax and see something new. Perhaps a winding road through the forest or a breathtaking ocean view… if there is a nice café or tavern along the way, even better!


Adventure Cycling Association (ACA) has researched and developed over 40,000 miles of prime cycling routes in the U.S. to date, designed with cyclists in mind. ACA was established 1973 and is the premier bicycle travel organization in North America with 44,700 members nationwide.


I went through their site and found forums, blogs, links, photos, and some good advice.

This from ACA:


Our bike maps are built for cyclists and are some of the finest you'll find anywhere. They include information not available on typical road maps designed for motorists, for example, the locations of bike shops, sources for food and water, and listings of overnight accommodations (especially camping facilities and small motels).

The mission of Adventure Cycling Association is to inspire people of all ages to travel by bicycle. We help cyclists explore the landscapes and history of America for fitness, fun, and self-discovery.

We are using Twitter to facilitate communication between cyclists on the road and the cartographers back in Missoula as well as other cyclists on tour. Follow us @acaroutes and join the conversation using route-oriented hashtags.


As a nonprofit organization, all proceeds from tours, sales, and membership go directly back into supporting our mission and programs.