We’ve just come back from dinner with some new friends after our presentation at Malaprops Bookstore in Asheville. We weren’t quite sure what the turnout was going to be, since we only got about 8 people to confirm on Facebook, but we were pleasantly surprised when we counted over 50 people! Here are some snaps from the evening.

Setting up for the event. We had a stack of free Adventure Cycling magazines to give away. A lot of the folks seemed new to Adventure Cycling so it was a great way to spread the word about bike touring.

We also got some great gear from Klean Kanteen to give away, including a pair of steel pint glasses, insulated Kanteens and water bottles. We did a quiz on bicycle safety and the law and made people work for it. In addition to Klean Kanteens and Adventure Cycling memberships, we also got some REI gift certificates to give away!

Mike Sule from Asheville on Bikes talking about some upcoming bicycle events.

Caroline, the event coordinator for Malaprops was stunned (so were we, in fact) at the turn out.

Laura watching our year long slideshow with the crowd. We still get a kick out of seeing our old photos from the beginning of the trip. It reminds us how lucky we’ve been to be able to travel like this.

That’s it for now. We’re both pretty tired but will post more about our stay in Asheville soon. Thanks to everyone that came out tonight, it was a great crowd!