Total Miles: 4445
Rider: Michael and Esther Paul; 27 years old, Graphic Design, Non-Member.
Summary: Esther and I were in the first West to East Bike-inn group. Our group, The Sprocket Rockets, included an Englishman and a non-english speaking Japanese man. The beauty and expanse of the land and the good nature and generosity of those we met restored my faith in America.; Commercial Trip
How did ACA Help? Since this was the Innaugural TransAm trip, BikeCentennial provided maps, leaders, day-end accommodations and rest day feeds.
Health Issues: I sufferd only from a sore butt, but Esther suffered from strep throat and got lifts over a two day period until she was able to get back into the saddle.
Motivation: Esther wanted to celebrate the country's Bi-centennial in a special way. I guess she and Dan Burden think a lot alike.
Most Challenging Aspect:The first of the real up-hills as we began the Rocky mountains climb. This also happened to be my birthday. The day started out gray and as we climbed started raining which became snow as we got higher. This first uphill seemed like it would never end. The crosswind in Wyoming and the heat in the middle of the country were also challenging to us.
Favorite Experience: ONE of my favorite events was being invited (our entire group) to a hamburger dinner at the home of a couple who we met along the early part of the trail.
Least Favorite: The three W's of Wyoming. White snow and cold Wet Wind which blew pretty much constantly from our right side.
Tips: Focus on the ride and the scenery. Open yourself to meet the travelers and residents you come across. Don't EVER believe that the destination you are asking a resident about is "Just over the hill"
Date Entered: May, 2006
Photo by Dennis Coello