Total Miles: 4250
Rider: Debra Nuñez; 23 years old, artist/perfumer, Non-Member.
Summary: Incredible, fantastic, terrifying and a once in a lifetime experience that at times I still can not beleive I did. I learned so many things about myself and the larger world that summer and it forever changed me...for the better.; Commercial Trip
How did ACA Help? The maps, being the first ones, proved to be mostly accurate, if not a good read! Our leader and co-leader were well trained and great fun.
Health Issues: I was thin and frail with poor vision and a recent smoker. On the trip I fainted and at the hospital they discovered I had an ulcer. Well, by the end of the trip I was a beautifuly well tanned, muscular happy young woman with a much tamer ulcer.
Motivation: In 1974 I ran into organizers on a bike trail in Oregon who explained the idea of cycling across the U.S. I thought it was so outrageous that I had to do it. Also, doctors advised I was to frail to succed. I wanted to prove them wrong!
Most Challenging Aspect:My health for one. I was rather frail and the hills and long miles were difficult. Though always last to arrive at camp, I became strong and healtheir by the end.
Favorite Experience: There are too many. One though was when I entered into the begining of the Applachian Trail coming out of Berea in the morning mist. I can not describe the beauty nor the poor people that I was privledged to meet that day when I would get off of my bike to chat and share my tobacco.
Least Favorite: I became lost from my group in the Applachians. I car of men began to follow and threaten me. It was terrifying. Discarding my bike I ran to a house and an elderly woman came to my aid.
Tips: Take all the time in the world to see and experience everything along the way. Talk to everyone...share everything and have the time of your life.Chances are you may never do the same trip again. Oh, and take plenty of pair of warm socks if you are rideing West to east and comfy bike shorts.
Online Journal: Click Here
Date Entered: Jan, 2011
Photo by Dennis Coello