Total Miles: 4250
Rider: Ken (Kim) Edmonds; Sales, Member.
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
Photo by Dennis Coello