Total Miles: 4
Rider: Monte Krog; 22 years old, x-ray technologist, Non-Member.
How did ACA Help? I rode with the last organized Transcontinental group leaving. I had not attempted any long distance bicycle touring before undertaking the Bikecentennial trip. Because of Bikecentennial, I have taking Many long distance bicyle tours since 1976 and still try to take at least a 1 week bike trip every year.
Health Issues: I stayed very healthy the entire trip. A couple of people had some saddlesores and our group leader suffered with knee tendinitis for part of the trip.
Motivation: I had never traveled much growing up on a farm in Minnesota and I thought it would be a great chance to see the country. I developed a much better appreciation ot the size of the U.S. It also changed my opinion for the better about how nice people are especially to bicyclists.
Most Challenging Aspect:Cooking for the rest of the group. That was the most difficult aspect of the entire trip. All of us were about the same age and none of us were very good cooks. The little camp stoves we had may have worked for two or three but not for 14. They stopped working after the 1st week.
Favorite Experience: Riding the Lochsa River valley in Idaho was one of my favorite rides. I had never seen anything so beautiful. I left the group for a couple of days after visiting Yellowstone. I rode down the west side of Wyoming to visit some old family friends. The amazing thing now was that I had to ride 500 miles in 4 days to catch my group and I didn't think anything of doing that!
Least Favorite: Early in the trip climbing Whitebird hill in Idaho was very difficult. Several of us ran out of water and when we reached the top, found out we had several miles to go to reach the next town. We formed a pace line and although several of us were becoming quite dehydrated just stayed focused on the wheel in front. The poor A & W Rootbeer stand. I remember drinking rootbeer faster that they could poor it!
Tips: Take some time to meet people when you are riding. I still exchange Christmas cards with a family I met just outside Yellowstone.
Date Entered: May, 2006
Photo by Dennis Coello