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EXPLORE THE BAY STATE BY BIKE

Take a long weekend and explore the Johnny Appleseed Trail in Central Massachusetts and the upper Connecticut River Valley on the Mass BikePike Tour, Aug. 1-4. Choose from a shorter (25- to 45-mile) or longer (45- to 70-mile) route and receive full support along the way. Go on an optional adventure to Swanzey, N.H., to celebrate the Cheshire Fair’s 75th anniversary, and hang out around the campfire each night to refuel with s’mores. Camp out (bring your tent or pay for a luxury camp setup) or arrange your own accommodations. Registration of $416.49 includes breakfasts, dinners, support, and more. Round-trip transportation from Boston to Fitchburg, the start and end point, runs $50. 617-710-1832, www.massbikepike.org

CAPE EXHIBIT FEATURES HISTORIC CARS

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See some of the most remarkable “dream” cars ever made, from a 1927 LaSalle to the futuristic Terrafugia flying car, during the Heritage Museums and Gardens exhibit “Driving Our Dreams: Imagination in Motion” in Sandwich. Fifteen concept cars, drawn from museums and private collections nationwide, will be on display April 13 through Oct. 27. Get up close to an Infinium solar-powered car, a 1956 Firebird II, and the 1963 personal Corvette of Harley Earl, a pioneer in auto design and the father of the Corvette. Design and test your own concept car in the Family Discovery Room, and attend talks by leaders in the automobile industry. Adults $15, children ages 3-12 $7, 2 and under free. 508-888-3300, www.heritagemuseumsandgardens.org

TAKE A GROUP TOUR TO TIBET

Permits to visit Tibet are available again to US passport holders, after being suspended for the second half of last year. Since you can’t travel on your own, sign up for China’s Silk Road and Tibet: Route of Monks and Merchants, an 18-day trip offered by Seattle-based MIR Corp. that explores Tibet and Western China. See the Potala Palace in Llasa, ride the world’s highest elevation railroad, and visit the Mogao Caves, or Caves of the Thousand Buddhas, in China’s Gansu Province, May 17-June 3 and Sept. 27-Oct. 14. $5,895 per person, based on double occupancy, plus $1,200 for internal flights; does not include international flights. 800-424-7289, http://mircorp.com/tour_csrt.asp

CELEBRATE CORNBREAD IN SOUTHERN APPALACHIA

Join in a “dry” cornbread-eating contest or a buttermilk chug, stroll down Cornbread Alley, where you can sample nine home-cooked creations, and bring your banjo to the Jam Tent at the National Cornbread Festival in South Pittsburg, Tenn. This annual event, which takes place April 27-28, starts with a 5K road race, followed by a national cornbread cook-off. It also features singers, dancers, arts and crafts vendors, a children’s corner, agriculture displays, and a bus tour of historic homes. Admission $5; under 5 free. 423-837-0022, www.nationalcornbread.com

FREE CITYWIDE WI-FI IN TEL AVIV

Tel Aviv launches its free citywide Wi-Fi service this month, offering complimentary connections to anyone using a computer, tablet, or smartphone that has a bandwidth of at least 20 MB. The service, available to locals and visitors, includes free access at nearly 80 locations, such as the Mediterranean promenade, the Hatikvah Market, Florentin Street, Park Hayarkon, and Old Jaffa, as well as major city streets, parks, and tourism sites. The local municipality expects to have free citywide Wi-Fi by the fall, in part to help travelers navigate the Tel Aviv-Jaffa area. 888-774-7723, www.goisrael.com

GPS GIVES RV-FRIENDLY ROUTES AND INFO

Enter the length, width, height, and weight of your recreational vehicle into the new Magellan RoadMate RV5365T-LMB and let this RV-specific navigator guide you along safe and appropriate routes. The easy-to-use GPS has a 5-inch screen and comes loaded with the Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory. The Junction View and Lane Assist features provide realistic images of highway signs and roadways with arrows pointing you to the correct lane to take at exits and interchanges. The device also has a Landmark Guidance feature (“Turn left in 300 yards at the 7-Eleven’’), offers speed-limit warnings and two-turn advance notice, is Bluetooth compatible, and comes with free lifetime map upgrades, $299.99.
800-707-9971,
ww.magellangps.com

SIGN DOCUMENTS FROM AFAR

Maybe you’re sipping margaritas on a tropical beach or on a business trip far from the office and you urgently need to sign a document. Adobe EchoSign, an electronic signature service, lets you easily and securely access documents, sign them, and then track them from your travel laptop or Apple device. Access EchoSign from Adobe’s website, and its app through iTunes. EchoSign is also integrated into the new Adobe Acrobat XI and Reader XI software, which lets you edit a PDF on your iPad or Android tablet. 877-324-6744, www.echosign.adobe.com

KARI BODNARCHUK

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