Total Miles: 4250
Rider: Andrew Beckerman-Rodau; Law Professor, Member.
Summary: I was the leader for a 14 person Trans-Am camping trip which went from the east coast to the west coast in 1976. This trip was one of the greatest experiences of my life. It was so much fun that I rode across the country again, via the Nothern Tier trail, in 1999, with my 13 year old son. I would love to hear from anyone who was on this trip.; Commercial Trip
How did ACA Help? I was the leader but the route was developed and mapped by Bikecentennial (now Adventure Cycling). Additionally, the guide books provided by Bikecentennial provided an invaluable source of information on campgrounds, bike stores and other useful information.
Motivation: I started bike touring several years earlier and the idea of biking across the country seemed so exciting that I couldn't pass up the opportunity to take the trip once Bikecentennial offered the trips. Plus, the timing was perfect since I just graduated from college the summer before the trip in 1976.
Most Challenging Aspect:The mountains in Appalachian.
Favorite Experience: The exhilaration when we reached the Oregon coast and I smelled the Pacific Ocean for the first time.
Least Favorite: Riding in the rain. I seem to remember it raining continually during the first week.
Tips: Make sure you have the right type of bike and equipment for long distance touring. It makes the trip much more enjoyable. Also, you have to be flexible and easy going to enjoy this type of travel.
Date Entered: Jun, 2013
Photo by Dennis Coello