Total Miles: 4
Rider: Yafa Napadensky; 15 years old, Accountant, Non-Member UNITED STATES
Summary: I still have wonderful memories of the summer of '76. The freedom of being on the road, cycling across America, will stay with me forever. ; Commercial Trip
How did ACA Help? I was on a trip Bikecentennial sponsored.
Health Issues: I was healthy throughout the 82 day trip.
Motivation: I love bicycling, enjoy camping and really like being outdoors enjoying the scenery. Bicycling across the country seemed like a perfect opportunity to have a wonderful summer doing things I enjoy.
Most Challenging Aspect:The most challenging part of the trip was coping with with topography and weather. I am a flatlander from the midwest who had never bicycled up a mountain before. We had 21 days of rain in the first 30 days of the trip. Our tent floor was often underwater!
Favorite Experience: I loved bicycling in Idaho along the Lochsa River- making it from Missoula, over Lolo Pass and to the first stretch of civilization 100 miles away in one day. I also remember the fresh berry milkshake in Grangeville, Idaho.
Least Favorite: The cross winds in Wyoming were quite memorable. The wind would pick up every afternoon. The bottoms of my feet got tired of pedaling during many windy afternoons in Wyoming.
Tips: The best preparation for being happy in the saddle is to bicycle regularly before your trip begins.
Date Entered: May, 2006
Photo by Dennis Coello