Total Miles: 4500
Rider: Arthur Malm; 25 years old, Civil Engineer, Non-Member.
Summary: This trip was a personal pilgrimage and celebration of the bicentennial. This ride established in my mind an everlasting faith in the fundamental goodness of rural Americans.; Self-Planned
How did ACA Help? I rode with several other riders as "Independents" using B76 maps.
Health Issues: The only health issue I recall was using a little bit of aspirin going through the Ozarks for my knees.
Motivation: A stong desire to take a real break from education and work and the need for some adventure was all I needed to decide to go.
Most Challenging Aspect:I think there was one day fighting heat and a 30 mph headwind somewhere in the Wyoming desert (Sweetwater?) where we just had to quit.
Favorite Experience: We were caught in heavy rain, late, in the mountains of western Virginia. A man driving by in a pickup truck stopped and offered us a ride into town. We took it, along with a meal and a ride back the next morning to the same spot he picked us up. An gesture of generosity from a stranger I've never forgotten.
Least Favorite: There were easier and tougher days, better and lesser campsites, but there were no "least favorite" experiences on my trip. Even taking the train home after 3 months on the road was a pleasure.
Tips: Be friendly, be courteous and put lots of syrup on your pancakes in the morning.
Date Entered: Jun, 2006
Photo by Dennis Coello