Total Miles: 4250
Rider: Stewart Lanting; Irrigation design and sales, Member UNITED STATES Email
Summary: It started as an uncertain adventure, and turned into a lifetime memory. There were some HARD days, some easy days, and a true feeling of seeing America's scenery and meeting her people. Developed friendships some of which continue today. Rode with my wife and we consider B'76 our greatest adventure. We rode thru snow,rain,heat,wind,mountains,flat land and learned a lot of American history. There were individual bad days-but in hindsite-a total great experience.; Commercial Trip
How did ACA Help? We relied completely on "Bikecentennial" for planning and maps and "Bike-Inns"
Motivation: The adventure, challenge, dream, created by reading the National Geographic coverage of the "Siple-Burden" Alaska to South America trek.
Most Challenging Aspect:Headwinds in the Madison River valley, cross winds in eastern Colorado & Kansas, and humidity in Missouri
Favorite Experience: Seeing a beauty in parts of America at a pace only posible on a bike-speed tour; and riding thru regional American history because of the books provided by "Bikecentennial" . Also loved the swimming pools the friendly cities let us use.
Least Favorite: Mosquitos near Wisdom, Mo. -heat and smell of dead antelope in Wy.
Tips: The individual days seem uncertain, but the "over-all" experience is a "once in a lifetime" adventure, that becomes a reference point for the rest of lifes memories. Just to think-I DID IT !
Date Entered: May, 2006
Photo by Dennis Coello