Total Miles: 4250
Rider: David McHenry; 23 years old, Landscape Architect, Member.
Summary: I was an assistant leader for a self-supported Transamerica camping trip traveling east to west - an adventure of a lifetime!.; Commercial Trip
How did ACA Help? Bikecentennial made this trip entirely possible - organized groups with trained leaders, route maps with excellent guide books, group cooking on a budget, group toolkit and first aid kit, and an indoor scheduled rest day every 10 days or so.
Health Issues: Only problem that I recall was a saddle sore from riding across Kansas, same gear all day long because it was relatively flat and the same riding position for mile after mile for several days that required a visit to the emergency room of a local hospital for relief.
Motivation: My twin brother Bob (TAEK601) and I were looking for an epic adventure right after we graduated from college - this fit the bill as many others were already hiking the Appalachian or Pacific Crest trails and we didn't know anyone who had done anything like this at the time.
Most Challenging Aspect:The grueling steep hills in Virginia and Kentucky, and trying to keep a diverse group of strangers together for 12 weeks - two young women who signed up together and had just graduated from high school dropped out at the halfway point in Colorado because they just weren't having fun :(
Favorite Experience: Really the whole experience - camaraderie, the adventure of doing something that very few people ever attempt, the fitness you obtain while taking in some incredible scenery, and knowing that you can enjoy yourself with just the stuff you can carry on a bicycle and a few traveler's checks.
Least Favorite: Having to tell one guy in our group that the reason no one wanted to camp near him was because his sleeping bag needed washed! Mouse trap luggage rack broke in the first two weeks, 11 broken rear spokes, and my seat post broke and I had to ride 30-40 miles to Pueblo, CO without a seat!
Tips: Just go ahead and do it - it's a huge accomplishment that you will remember for the rest of your life :)
Date Entered: Jul, 2013
Photo by Dennis Coello