Ride Registry

Cyclist in Mobile, Alabama

1TAEK531 1976 E-W -- Yorktown, VA to Reedsport, OR, May, 1976

Total Miles: 4250
Miles/Day: 56
Days Riding: 75
Group Size: 13
Bike: Touring
Flat Tires: 5

Load: Panniers
Load Weight: 50 Lbs.
Camping: 99%
Cooking: 99%
Cost/Day: $ 5
ACA Helped Me: Yes

Rider: Ken (Kim) Edmonds; Sales, Member UNITED STATES Email

Summary: The "76" tour was my first bicycle tour. When I reached the Pacific Ocean,I was having such a good time, that I continued south to LA. You can have the "Summer-of-Love", I'll take the "Summer-of-Bicycle" anytime. It was a 80-day, 4th of July, American celebration! ; Self-Planned

How did ACA Help? My Tour leaders (Jeff & Dave) were great! They handled the budget, rider health issues and group decisions superbly. Knowing they were in charge, made the tour better.

Health Issues: I quit smoking after a few days in the mountains of Virginia. I haven't had a cigarette since.

Motivation: I was getting in trouble at home. I needed a new outlook on life and Bikecentennial did that.

Most Challenging Aspect:Packing to much stuff that I didn't need. Not starting with the correct equipment and clothes. I soon learned that cut-off jeans don't provide a comfortable ride.

Favorite Experience: Riding through the Rocky Mountains. It was my first time out west and the Rockies gave me a great sense that I was on a adventure. Also, riding one night with the light of a full moon. I learned one should always have a head lamp cause the moon goes down around 3AM.

Least Favorite: When in Montana, I had stiff head-wind while going down Lolo Pass. I was looking so forward to coasting downhill into Idaho, but I had to peddle down hill in low gear and with rain gear on. It was a long, cold day.

Tips: Never turn down an invitation to sleep in the comfort of a home, church or school. Never turn down a free meal and take time to talk to the locals.

Date Entered: Apr, 2013


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