Total Miles: 2080
Rider: D. Joan Tangel; 39 years old, Teacher, Non-Member UNITED STATES
Summary: We were a camping group. We rode from Organ to Virginia.; Commercial Trip
How did ACA Help? I was one of our groops leaders & rode at the rear in case someone needed repairs. The maps were a great help.
Health Issues: On the 5th morning I realized that I was so saddle sore I couldn't sit. One of our group members had a sheep skin saddle cover which he gave to me & I used it for the rest of the trip.
Motivation: I loved camping & bike riding. I had done several double cen- tennial rides. Then I learned about the Bikecentennial Ride. I trained by carrying bar bells in the rear panniers & got so I could handle 35 lbs ea.. I then added 2 front panniers w/t 15 lbs ea. & signed up for the ride.
Most Challenging Aspect:Some of the Missouri road grades and parts of the Eastern mountains grades. The head wind as we road into the Yellowstone area.
Favorite Experience: Meeting the wonderful people who would offer the use of their homes, even when they were not going to be there. We never took them up on the offers since we were a camping group.
Least Favorite: When we were put onto silt or sandy back roads. After one day, when we had to push our bikes for most of the day (out west) we got road maps and advoided those types of roads. The night in Kentucy when we were put up in the jail cells, because the rattle snakes were in our city park camp site.
Tips: Even with the new seats that are out I'd still carry a sheep skin cover. My saddle was broken in. I'd used it for 3yrs.,so I don't know what caused the problem.
Date Entered: Apr, 2007
Photo by Dennis Coello