Total Miles: 3
Rider: James Terry; 22 years old, Architect, Non-Member.
Summary: I started in Missoula on June 8th and rode to Williamsburg taking photos for a multimedia/ photographic exhibition at the Birmingham Museum of Art in August, 1976. It was an incredible trip! I made a lot of very good friends from around the world. I still keep up with some of them.; Self-Planned
How did ACA Help? I rode the BikeCentennial Trail as an independent using the maps, Bike Inns, etc. and keeping up with friends from the B76 tour groups.
Health Issues: I had mounted the cleats in my riding shoes at a slight angle which started giving me knee problems after a couple of days. I decided to hitchhike with my bike to keep up with my friends while the inflammation subsided. When I got back on the bike and realized what happened, I pulled the cleats off and the problem disappeared.
Motivation: It looked like a great opportunity to see the country, get some excellent exercise, and give me a break after graduation from 4 years of architecture school.
Most Challenging Aspect:Headwinds
Favorite Experience: I was riding along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia early one morning with the wind in my face when a full-grown cougar crossed the road about 200 feet ahead of me. Because I was on my quiet bicycle, he never saw me but I'll never forget seeing him.
Least Favorite: I was run off the road by a driver going the other way who insisted on passing a car in his lane by using my lane. He started honking his horn to tell me to get off the road. I was going about 35 MPH down a hill when I realized we were going to be in the same lane with about a 100 MPH speed differential. Fortunately, my bicycle and my body both survived the off-road experience.
Tips: Just do it !!!
Date Entered: May, 2006
Photo by Dennis Coello