Total Miles: 4250
Rider: John Ludway; 21 years old, counselor, Non-Member.
Summary: 45 days, from Astoria to Peublo, with Ranger Rick (Bill Foreman) leading the way. Chasing moose in Yellowstone, going to the hot springs in Oregon, crossing Hooser and Togwotee passes, missing Amy, Carl, Bill, and Kathy at the reunion in '01, having the pictures to prove a "dream of a summer" DID EXIST!; Commercial Trip
How did ACA Help? In an organized Bikecentennial group for 45 days, I received the maps and guide books for a half crossing, and bought same when I went solo for rest of crossing.
Health Issues: Noticed my ankles swelling as I climbed the Appalachians, but realizing that my body was keeping the ankles insulated. Being amazed by this.
Motivation: Had ridden TOSRV in '74 and '75. Always dreamed of being able to bike cross-country and when I saw the ads in Bicycling mag in '75, I knew the time was right.
Most Challenging Aspect:Making the final decision to DO IT. Waiting until 3 weeks before start of trip to send in money having never attempted anything like this before.
Favorite Experience: Riding into Dubois, WY., with a twilight sky ablaze with more colors than I could describe. Standing in front of the Grand Tetons. Staying with the Walkers in Larned, KS. Knowing I'd never quite feel like this again.
Least Favorite: Getting lost one night in OR. and having to camp on own away from the group. Eating too much chicken in Corvallis and thinking my stomach was going to explode.
Tips: A touring bike is the best RV you'll ever own. It will take you to places you never knew you had inside yourself.
Date Entered: May, 2006
Photo by Dennis Coello