Total Miles: 6800
Rider: Pamela McMillan-Erkens; 20 years old, student at time of trip, Non-Member.
Summary: Camping group of 15 people, 10 Americans and 5 Dutchmen. 3 women in the group. I ended up marrying one of the Dutchmen the year following B76 and still live in The Netherlands, 31 years later.; Commercial Trip
How did ACA Help? The Bikecentennial (former Adventure Cycling organisation) based in Missoula was a big help, we had well laid-out maps and information packet, including pre-trip training advice, etc.
Health Issues: nothing serious
Motivation: My desire to travel and do something out of the ordinary, something adventurous.
Most Challenging Aspect:The physical aspect as I was not an athletic person and I started ill-prepared for the physical challenge. The logging trucks in Oregon and Idaho were daunting, as were mountain passes in the West.
Favorite Experience: Getting to see the less-traveled back roads of America, the wonderfully friendly people along the way - it was a heartwarming experience.
Least Favorite: the mosquitoes in Wisdom is one that comes to mind !
Tips: If I can do it, any one can - and it will be an experience of a lifetime. I am extremely proud to have taken the challenge!
Date Entered: Jun, 2007
Photo by Dennis Coello