World’s longest mountain bike route could be extended 400 miles

August 11, 2017 by  
Filed under Eco, Green

Comments Off on World’s longest mountain bike route could be extended 400 miles

Bicyclists can explore North America from Banff, Canada to Antelope Wells, New Mexico on the longest mountain bike path in the world. Sprawling across 2,700 miles, the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route (GDMBR), completed by Adventure Cycling Association , could soon have several hundred miles added to it. In honor of the GDMBR’s upcoming 20th anniversary, the association is fundraising to improve and extend the landmark trail. The GDMBR has been thrilling mountain bikers since 1997. Now the association wants to make the trail even better: they say cyclists have requested more off-road options and destinations. Adventure Cycling Association aims to extend the route to connect with Jasper National Park, around 100 miles north of Banff, and add a spur to their headquarters in Missoula, Montana. Related: New bike “greenway” stretching from Florida to Maine is 31% complete The association says bicyclists of all skill levels can enjoy the trail, from a family with six children ages 10 to 17, the Todds, who like to spend part of their summer vacation riding the trail, to endurance cyclists like Jay Petervary. It takes around 37 days to cycle the GDMBR in its entirety, according to Bikepacking.com , who rate the trail’s difficulty 5.5 on a scale of one to 10. They describe the route as “the most recognized and important off-pavement cycling route in the United States, if not the world.” Cyclists on the route experience Grand Teton National Park, the Great Divide Basin in Wyoming, and the Gila Wilderness in New Mexico, to name a few sights. If you’d like to donate towards the GDMBR extension, and the creation of a new off-road Arkansas route of 1,400 miles, you can do so here . A group of Adventure Cycling members will match each donation until September 30. With the money, the association also plans to redesign and produce paper and digital maps . + Adventure Cycling Association Via GearJunkie and Adventure Cycling Association Images via William Hook on Unsplash and Wikimedia Commons

View post:
World’s longest mountain bike route could be extended 400 miles

New Orleans doesn’t need a hurricane to be inundated with water

August 11, 2017 by  
Filed under Eco, Green

Comments Off on New Orleans doesn’t need a hurricane to be inundated with water

Almost $15 billion went towards flood protection in New Orleans in the aftermath of 2005’s Hurricane Katrina. But the city once again battled flooding this week – with no hurricane in sight. Several feet of water covered much of the city’s central area as the pump system was overwhelmed. The crisis prompted Governor John Bel Edwards to declare a state of emergency. A heavy storm battered New Orleans this past weekend: in four hours, around nine inches of rain fell, leaving parts of the city flooded. And the city’s drainage system failed to manage the deluge. According to CNN, 16 of the city’s 121 pumps failed, and the overworked system struggled to keep up. The situation worsened as the week went on as a Wednesday fire hit a turbine that powers pumping stations. The governor’s state of emergency declaration pointed to the malfunction of the New Orleans Sewage and Water Board’s power plant, which houses generators that power the pumps. Related: New Orleans’ $14.5 billion rebuilt levees won’t fight a Category 5 hurricane With more rain in the forecast in upcoming days, schools were closed Friday. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu called for the resignation of four officials, including the municipal water utility’s director and top engineer, and the public works department’s director. It took 14 hours to drain several feet of water in areas of the city. City records reveal 200 “life-threatening” emergency calls. City residents watched the flood with worry. Local Ronald Williams – who told The Washington Post he finally returned home after Hurricane Katrina just seven months ago – said, “I came home because I believed what they said about the new system and that it was supposed to be the best in the world. But now it seems if we get hit by another Katrina, the city will be gone.” Via The Washington Post and CNN Images via David Fischer on Facebook and screenshot

Go here to see the original:
New Orleans doesn’t need a hurricane to be inundated with water

700-Meter Vertical Commute and Other Crazy Bike Rides in Swiss Alps! (Videos)

April 4, 2011 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on 700-Meter Vertical Commute and Other Crazy Bike Rides in Swiss Alps! (Videos)

Including a 700-Meter Vertical Commute So you liked the awesome camera-on-helmet mountain bike videos from Chile and British Columbia ? Here’s more, this time from the Swiss Alps.

Here is the original post: 
700-Meter Vertical Commute and Other Crazy Bike Rides in Swiss Alps! (Videos)

George W. Bush in the Market for a New Mountain Bike

August 22, 2010 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on George W. Bush in the Market for a New Mountain Bike

Image: C.A. Smith, casmithphotography.com During his time as President of the United States, George W

View post:
George W. Bush in the Market for a New Mountain Bike

"Winters of My Life" – The Story of a Man Who’s Spent the Last 35 Winters at Yosemite (Video)

August 21, 2010 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on "Winters of My Life" – The Story of a Man Who’s Spent the Last 35 Winters at Yosemite (Video)

Image Courtesy of R. Drake, via Wikipedia Howard Weamer first visited Yosemite National Park in 1971 to do research for his doctoral thesis, on John Muir .

More here:
"Winters of My Life" – The Story of a Man Who’s Spent the Last 35 Winters at Yosemite (Video)

Bad Behavior has blocked 1488 access attempts in the last 7 days.