Total Miles: 4250
Rider: Thomas Cassell; Civil Engineer, Member.
Summary: For most of the group, myself included, the trip across the states was the experience of a lifetime. We were a "bike inn" group nearly evenly consisting of Dutch and American riders.; Commercial Trip
How did ACA Help? Adventure Cycling (Bikecentenial way back then) organized the trip, established the route with guide maps and provided a trained group leader.
Health Issues: Essentially, I had to climb several mountain ranges early in the summer with just one good leg because of a strained knee. Also, I discovered early that riding during the middle of the day without a shirt was a really bad idea. I think the worst pain though was trying to adjust to sitting on that uncomfortable saddle each day.
Motivation: I signed up for the bicycle trip because of the promise of a wonderful adventure and a great opportunity to see the country at a leisurely pace.
Most Challenging Aspect:Because I did little training, the mountains of Oregon and Idaho were the most challenging. This was followed closely by the heat and winds of the Mid West.
Favorite Experience: Oh, wow, it has been such a long time ago! All the good times have blended into one great memory. But, if pushed for my favorite experience, I would say the hospitality of Kansas was very special.
Least Favorite: I recall riding through the terrain and numerous insects of eastern Colorado and thinking that the Rocky Mountains seemed like a distant memory.
Tips: Savor every moment. The time passes so quickly. Take advantage of every opportunity to explore. The memories will last a lifetime.
Date Entered: May, 2006
Photo by Dennis Coello