Total Miles: 4
Rider: Bob Rorke; 21 years old, Government employee, Non-Member.
Summary: We started with 12 riders in Williamsburg and ended with 5 riders in Portland. Our trip delayed because of Mt St Helens. Kansas was the hottest, but had the nicest people. There were many highlights - Lolo Pass, Jenny Lake in the Tetons, the rivers in Idaho, and the Oregon Coast. ; Commercial Trip
How did ACA Help? It was Bikecentennial trip. You picked the group leader and sent up money along the way.
Health Issues: I had no health issues. Another rider in our group had sore feet. another had biker's palsy in his ring finger.
Motivation: I loved to bike long distances. I love history, and travel. And a friend from college (Fred Williams) went on a Bikecentennial trip in 1979 and loved it.
Most Challenging Aspect:Kansas and the heat was the most challenging. There is not an easy way to bicycle in 11o degree heat.
Favorite Experience: My favorite was relaxing in the hot springs at Lolo Pass. Anyone who has relaxed there understands how wonderful it is.
Least Favorite: My least favorite was the coal trucks in KY and western VA. I understood they had a job to do and I pulled off as fast as I could.
Tips: I would highly recommend going from east to west. I would also recommend taking lots of photos. There are many places along the way that you think you'll visit again. I would recommend that riders stop and visit and tour a museum or historic site if it interests them. You may not be back that way again.
Date Entered: Jan, 2011
Photo by Dennis Coello