Total Miles: 2000
Rider: Barbara Forbis Kilts; Printing, Non-Member.
Summary: My role was an assistant leader for a large and diverse group of 15. The trip started on my B-day, Lynn the leader brought a cake which we enjoyed at wonderfully buggy Camp Chicahominy (ChickenLobotomy)! Five days into the trip I crashed going down the third mountain of the day two miles from the camp. I was rushed to the only avilable medical facility - the funeral home! I was patched up, but the bike was toast, so Stuart & Polly Crook forwarded me to Berea KY for repair while the rest of the group caught up...some leader! The rest of the trip went wonderfully, we delivered the Golden Spoke in Pueblo and four of us continued west. I stopped in Missoula for the beginning of school at UM. Two years later I completed the Trans-Am trail with a friend from college - we dipped our wheels in the Pacific. I'll never forget this experience!; Self-Planned
How did ACA Help? It gave me the confidence to continue touring on my own.
Health Issues: The crash I had caused a very large bruise on the inside of my leg. It took quite awhile to heal.
Motivation: The opportunity to be an assistant leader did help pay for the trip. Since I lived in Missoula I was caught up in the excitement of being there when Bikecentennial was born.
Most Challenging Aspect:The role of assistant leader was tough. Sometimes it was hard to determine my role.
Favorite Experience: Meeting all the wonderful, warm and friendly people throughout the trip.
Least Favorite: After the crash, I lost all my nerve going down hill. That took some of joy out of riding!
Tips: An organized trip helps break the barrier of setting out on your own. The cooperative nature of the Bikecentennial trip was a good way to make a group trip work.
Date Entered: Jan, 2011
Photo by Dennis Coello