Total Miles: 3800
Rider: Parker Mann; 27 years old, Non-Member.
Summary: Yorktown to Pueblo, then on to Missoula and finally Calgary,was a long journey with amazing people and geography along the way. Sometimes with companions, sometimes solo, it was a turning point in my life.; Commercial Trip
How did ACA Help? It gave me the support I needed to attempt the trip. A ride to Berea with an injured member of our group was especially appreciated.
Health Issues: A case of flu two days out from Missoula. Luckily I got a ride into town and a place to sleep from a biking samaritan.
Motivation: The desire to have the adventure, and the article on B76 in "Bicycling" came out at just the right time.
Most Challenging Aspect:The Appalachians were the worst. The steepest roads and bodies not yet in shape are a bad combination.
Favorite Experience: Meeting up with a church group biking to a lake in Kansas, and being invited to join them for a picnic. The Cozy Corner Tavern in Kentucky.
Least Favorite: Being hassled by wayward youth in Eureka, KS.
Tips: Don't get so caught up in the ride that you forget to stop and experience the land and people.
Number of Children in Group: 4
Number of Adults in Group: 10Ages of the children on ride:
|Under 8 years of age||
9-12 years of age|
|13-14 years of age||
15-18 years of age|
Date Entered: May, 2007
Photo by Dennis Coello