Total Miles: 4200
Rider: Johanna van Zee; 21 years old, Accountant, Non-Member.
Summary: Our camping group was known as the "Dutch Apples", we have a group song and continue to stay in touch.; Self-Planned
How did ACA Help? I was the assistant leader. We had a leader, maps and some reserved overnights at bike inns for our rest days.
Health Issues: We learned that our bodies healed much quicker after a month on the road. Any injury healed so fast, that there were no major health issues.
Motivation: I wanted to see the US and love camping and biking. It seemed like the perfect trip for me.
Most Challenging Aspect:The biggest challenge was going back to a regular job after the tour. I loved the trip and enjoyed my group. The first time I was back in a car was so depressing.....
Favorite Experience: On July 4th 1976 we were in the Bicentennial parade in Ennis Montana. I felt like a celebrity. Afterwards we attended the Rodeo and joined in the community picnic. It was the perfect way to celebrate the Bicentennial!
Least Favorite: Two members of our group were hit by a car in Kansas. I was riding sweep that day and rode to the hospital with them. It was a terrifying day. They both recovered enough to rent a car and finish the last week of the tour with our group.
Tips: Take your time and enjoy the tour. The advantage of bicycle travel is that you get to see and experience the land more. Have coffee with locals, take occasional hikes, go to all the tourist information and historical sites you can. Remember to be a tourist at a bicycle pace! It is not a race.
Date Entered: Mar, 2013
Photo by Dennis Coello