Total Miles: 1000
Rider: David French; 28 years old, Teacher, Member.
Summary: Astoria, Oregon to Missoula, MT on the TransAmerica Trail.; Self-Planned
How did ACA Help? We used the original TransAmerica Trail maps and took advantage of the group accident insurance Bikecentennial offered.
Health Issues: None
Motivation: I wanted to experience the thrill of seeing the U.S. by bike and, for the first time, visiting the Western states.
Most Challenging Aspect:Biking the rough and sometimes broken paved roads through the mountains of Eastern Oregon
Favorite Experience: Crossing the beautiful Cascades and learning about the Native Americans of the West, some of whome I had never heard of before. I also learned a valuable life lesson as a result of my participating in the Bikecentennial ride: how comfortably one can live on so little.
Least Favorite: None
Tips: Do it!
Date Entered: May, 2006
Photo by Dennis Coello