Total Miles: 1000
Rider: Jeff Weible; Electrician, Non-Member.
Summary: 3 guys and 5 women set out from Yorktown, VA to Carbondale, IL on a 30 day adventure of a lifetime. Those 30 days in the summer of 1976 will always be the absolute best time I've ever experienced on a bike.; Commercial Trip
How did ACA Help? Bikecentennial 76 provided a wonderful group leader and brought the 8 of us all together from all parts of the world.
Health Issues: Strangely, I don't remember any health issues I had to deal with. I think the fun factor overcame any aches and pains I might have had.
Motivation: I loved cycling and it was an exciting and big challenge.
Most Challenging Aspect:Dodging the high-balling coal trucks in Kentucky. I heard the lumber trucks in the western states weren't much fun either but we went E to W and ended at the Mississippi River so I never got to find out.
Favorite Experience: We had a rest day in a little town (don't recall the name). Going into town the previous day was a wonderfully peaceful descent with a mountain stream running alongside the road. I didn't have to turn a pedal for over 20 minutes. I liked it so much that on the rest day, while the others were exploring the town, I climbed back up the pass and rode down it again.
Least Favorite: The day we had to detour around Mt Vesuvius because of heavy rain on the mountain. I really, really wanted the challenge of that climb. However, (in an event that could be ranked as my favorite experience) we all met a wonderful little old Christian lady (probably around her mid-eighties at the time) on the detour who pumped us water from her well and sang us several songs on her front porch as she played her mandolin. That was a very special moment that I will always remember. Rest in Peace, Florence Campbell.
Tips: Get on the bike and go out and live your dream. You'll have a lifetime of memories afterwards. Don't spend your life dreaming of things you wish you would have done. Do something like this and spend it dreaming of all the fun you had.
Date Entered: May, 2006
Photo by Dennis Coello