Total Miles: 3966
Rider: Van U'Ren; 50 years old, Architectural Job Captain, Non-Member.
Summary: Starting at the Golden Gate Bridge covered the distance to join the Bikecentennial Route in Salida CO. From there to Yorktown VA I stayed either on or close to the transamerica route.; Self-Planned
How did ACA Help? Adventure Cycling maps were invaluable. They made the pre-map program trip easier to guide myself across the states without carrying a lot of local maps that would have been heavy & bulky.
Health Issues: I was extremely lucky in that I had only one dayof diarea in western Kentucky. I am thankful for that.
Motivation: Since I began touring I had dreamed of this trip and spent many hours scanning maps, atlases & other sources to make the trip possible. It was the fulfillment of a dream which I just repeated in 2006.
Most Challenging Aspect:The climb above Vesuvius that I had been warned about. Even though I had peddled over 3000 miles to the bottom of the climb it was 4 miles of gut wrenching, muscle straining work. Of course reaching the Blue Ridge Parkway was worth it.
Favorite Experience: The high point was (literally) crossing the Continental Divide at Monarch Pass on Highway 50, in a June snow storm. After that was the entire state of Kentucky, it was absolutely gorgeous.
Least Favorite: Horizontal freezing rain on Interstate 80 in a construction zone in central Nevada.
Tips: Just do it! I spent 7 years looking for companions for this trip and in the end I should have just done it alone as I ended up doing for over 2/3 of the miles. The people along the way were welcoming and very accomdating, especially when the found out that you were 2000 miles from home w/2000 to go
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Date Entered: Dec, 2006
Photo by Dennis Coello