Total Miles: 4
Rider: Frank Allen; 21 years old, Sales Management, Non-Member.
Summary: I started as an independent memeber in Jamestown, VA. I completed all 5 tours ending on the west coast. I had the trip of a lifetime traveling arounds different tour groups. I believe I am the only rider who did not experience a flat tire or a broken spoke.; Commercial Trip
How did ACA Help? I joined as an independent to enjoy my own pace and time frame. I possessed all 5 tour maps, member insurance, and most often rode aound other tour groups.
Health Issues: The injury and intestinal issue. If I left tomorrow I don't think it really could be any better than it was.
Motivation: I graduated from college that month and wanted to experience the country. I campaigned for Jimmy Carter for President. I was an avid cyclist and felt this wold be the only time I could take 3 months off from work. I had never seen the Pacific Ocean nor been further west than the state of Texas.
Most Challenging Aspect:Finances. I wish I had more fumds available to take more photos. The trip was perfect. I had one injury from barbed wire on my leg but it did not slow me down.
Favorite Experience: Cresting a hill and seeing the Grand Tetons for the first time. They took my breath away.
Least Favorite: I drank some bad water that gave me intestinal problems for one night.
Tips: Eliminate evry item that is not needed at that time. Clothing for varied temperatures, etc. can be mailed ahead for use at the correct time. Use tire savers. Do not travel alone.
Online Journal: Click Here
Date Entered: May, 2006
Photo by Dennis Coello