Total Miles: 425
Rider: Bill Gasson; 19 years old, Student (then) Real Estate App. (Now), Non-Member.
Summary: Awesome, definitely one of the highlights of my life! Beautiful scenery including snow capped mountains and waterfalls! It tested my mind and endurance on the hills and into headwinds. Fantastic people! Had hot Cookies somewhere along the way. The hot springs in Saratoga, WY were just what the doctor ordered for tired muscles. Scary Moment: I almost got blown off the road by a logging truck while going downhill! We lost a rider to injury the 1st day. Had a dog follow be from Breckenridge up Hoosier Pass! Thanks to my leader John Briggs who helped me get my back wheel respoked! John also wrote an article on the trip for the November 1976 Bicycling Magazine of which I still have the copy. Love the memories - I should have gone on more organized rides! Not too old, want to do another next summer. ; Commercial Trip
How did ACA Help? Organized trip with a leader and maps
Health Issues: Arthritis ... just keep riding until it got better!
Motivation: The sense of adventure and love of bicycling
Most Challenging Aspect:Rding up a hill on a sidetrip from Saratoga, WY to Encampment with strong headwinds.
Favorite Experience: Riding over Hoosier Pass and hiking by foot to the top (before mountain bikes), then riding downhill only using an occasional brake on the other side! TOTAL FREEDOM!
Least Favorite: Almost getting blown off the road by a logging truck while heading downhill on a narrow shoulder.
Tips: Don't wait, just do it and then it will get in your blood and you'll want to do it again! Never give up on your dreams!
Date Entered: Jan, 2011
Photo by Dennis Coello