Total Miles: 4250
Rider: Julie Dunn; 23 years old, Registered Nurse, Non-Member.
Summary: Riding the Transamerica Trail was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Setting out on a journey with a group of mostly unknown cyclist (two friends were in the group) was so exciting. Not only did I get to see "the country" I got to know very well people from many other parts of the country.; Commercial Trip
How did ACA Help? It was a Bikecentennial Ride
Health Issues: Two days into the trip my knees were bothering me quite abit. No motrin in those days, only aspirin. I started using my ankles more to spare my knees and got tendenitis in them. More aspirin and soaked them in cold streams. After that first week, I was fine.
Motivation: I really enjoyed cycling and had done some rides in the San Juan Islands and Vancouver Island with friends and my brothers. I wanted a larger challenge and my friend was up to it also.
Most Challenging Aspect:I believe that in 1976 one of the biggest challenges was that athletic clothing was almost nonexistent. Gorex was pretty new and too expensive for most of us. We had snow on two mountain passes!
Favorite Experience: Picking my favorite experience is probably impossible. Overall it would be quiet roads, with either early morning mist or sunny afternoons broken up by shady trees for resting.
Least Favorite: We had a detour in Kentucky where the trail went up a road that resembled a river bed strewn with huge rocks. Pushing a bike with 40 some lbs on it was almost impossible.
Tips: I think it's hard to get enough miles in as you prepare for a long journey. As you begin, remember to ride your own pace, it's easy to get caught up in someone elses.
Date Entered: May, 2006
Photo by Dennis Coello