Total Miles: 4
Rider: Carla Majernik; 22 years old, Non-Member.
Summary: I was co-leader in a group of 12 which, soon after leaving, joined up with a group of 8 to cross the country east to west. Out of our merged group there were 2 marriages, and one of them is still going strong.; Commercial Trip
How did ACA Help? The excitement of Bikecentennial in 1975 was catching, and being able to go cross-country as a co-leader was an added bonus.
Motivation: This trip was my graduation present to myself for finishing college. I loved biking, and it seemed to be the perfect thing to do after 5 years of college.
Most Challenging Aspect:The hills of the Appalachians, the humidity of the Ozarks, and the heat in Kansas and eastern Oregon.
Favorite Experience: The "Bake-Off" on our layover day in Breckenridge, CO. All the group had family or friends send something sweet to the post office. Then we all gathered in a big room, opened the packages, and stuffed ourselves to the point of getting sick. We picked the best baked item and sent word to the person who contributed it.
Least Favorite: My least favorite memory is riding down Hoosier Pass with Aubrey, who was hypothermic, and being very worried. We stoppped occasionally to warm up, begged some hot chocolate from a friendly person at a house, and he immediately went into a hot bath when we got to town.
Tips: If you've ever thought about a long bike trip plan it and do it. Whatever you have to re-arrange in your life - it's worth it. It'll change your life. It did mine.
Date Entered: May, 2006
Photo by Dennis Coello