Total Miles: 2250
Rider: David Wessling; 23 years old, High School Administrator, Non-Member.
Summary: The Bikecentennial ride was my first group ride, my first overnight ride, and my first time west of Kansas. It started my serious interest in bicycle touring, and I havent' stopped in 30 years. ; Commercial Trip
How did ACA Help? Our leader was great, a woman who taught at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. She was an AYH leader most years, but in 1976 led for B76. She led us well.
Health Issues: Fatigue the first few days was the only issue.
Motivation: There was a 1974 or 1975 article on Hemistour and B76 planning in Parade magazine that my mother sent me. She thought I'd be interested because I was commuting on my bike at the time.
Most Challenging Aspect:Every day led to new discoveries.
Favorite Experience: Going UP over mountains allowed me to FEEL the joining of mind and body.
Least Favorite: Little about the trip was unenjoyable. The group, the leader, the terrain, the cycling, the food, the scenery--all was great. I treasure it regularly by reciting all the overnights in Bike Inns.
Tips: Wear a helmet.
Date Entered: May, 2006
Photo by Dennis Coello