Total Miles: 5
Rider: Christine Bottaro; 20 years old, registered nurse, Non-Member.
Summary: First transamerica trip going from west to east, averaging approx 90 mi/day. We were the first to arrive at most bikeinns - trailblazers!; Self-Planned
How did ACA Help? maps, leaders, primitive (!) supplies, bikeinns (almost ready)
Health Issues: Excessive sun exposure back in the days before there was good sunblock with high SPF. A doctor prescribed cortisone cream. Our chamois cream became a popular item to loan to fellow riders in the group.
Motivation: Sense of adventure, self-reliance, unique opportunity to be part of history, love of bicycling.
Most Challenging Aspect:Being on a tandem, lots of miles every day, tight budget
Favorite Experience: Really long downhills going as fast as possible. Also, insane tailwinds when trying to beat a tornado into a small town in Kansas - we made it!
Least Favorite: Horrible mosquitoes, unceasing wind and hostile locals in Jeffrey City, Wyoming.
Tips: Try out all your gear on long rides before the big one and pack as little as possible. I'm glad we camped - we ended up pitching a tent in a matter of seconds with practice. I'll never forget the trip - certainly am proud to have been a part of it.
Date Entered: Jul, 2006
Photo by Dennis Coello