Friday, February 5, 2016

Chicago Travel Show Has Me Primed For Adventure



It can get a bit crowded, so be sure to show up early.
My buddy and videographer John Wheeler drove up to Chicago recently to attend the Chicago Travel and Adventure Show. If you haven't been, block off Jan. 7 and 8 for next year's show. Representatives from hundreds of destinations across the world packed into the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, enticing potential visitors with promises of amazing experiences. In one afternoon, I spoke to dozens of tourism folks, each trying to convince me why their destination is worthy of my time and travel dollars. Many of them succeeded.

Want to ride an old-timey bike? Old World Wisconsin can make it happen.
The cycling journalist gets instructed on how to ride a bike. Thank goodness I didn't fall.
So where am I headed to this year, thanks to the Travel Show? I've already planned a trip up to North Dakota to bike the 96-mile Maah Daah Hey Trail, outside of Medora, ND. (I'll be writing about the experience for Bike Magazine later this year.) The 9,000-foot Mount Lemmon near Tuscon, Arizona, is definitely on my riding list for 2016. I'm figuring out dates to do a kayak brewery tour in Traverse City, Michigan. The good folks in Kodiak and Anchorage, Alaska, have convinced me there's plenty of two-wheeled adventure to be found outside the continental U.S. There's probably a dozen or more smaller destinations that wouldn't have made it onto my radar if it wasn't for the show.
You want to ride a Camel? You can ride a camel.

Visitors listen to one of the dozen or so experts give hard-earned travel advice.


The only problem now is my wanderlust is at nearly fatal levels, and I need to hop in a plane soon to find the cure.




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