Total Miles: 4454
Rider: Bob Buccini; 21 years old, Physician, Non-Member.
Summary: This trip has become the benchmark against which all subsequent trips have been measured; it was the best summer of my life.; Self-Planned
How did ACA Help? Bikecentennial came up with the entire concept and, in reality, made the trip possible for me. They also provided me with the best trip leader in the world (Lloyd Sumner).
Motivation: The primary motive for this trip was the sense of adventure inherent in riding a bike across the continent.
Most Challenging Aspect:The toughest part of the trip was grinding up the Ozark hills in the July Missouri heat.
Favorite Experience: No doubt, the best part of the trip was the "victory" celebration at the end of the ride--especially when Nick's restaurant in Yorktown picked up the tab for our whole group, at which time I also found out my mom had quit smoking in a deal with God for my safe passage.
Least Favorite: Riding into Twin Bridges, MT, on 20 miles of gravel in the blazing heat probably constituted the low point of the trip.
Tips: Try to enjoy the travel itself, rather than focusing on the accomplishment of completing the trip.
Date Entered: Apr, 2013
Photo by Dennis Coello