Total Miles: 4250
Rider: Andy Elliott; Non-Member.
Summary: West to East, 1976, Reedsport, OR to Williamsburg, VA. 13 in group, ages 15 and up. Leaders Bill and Marty. Two participants from Europe. Lots of stories to tell my kids! ; Commercial Trip
How did ACA Help? Our trip was organized by Bikecentennial, which I understand is now Adventure Cycling. One of the most memorable adventures of my life. Thanks!
Health Issues: I got pretty sick while we were in Kentucky. My leader took me to a Bike Inn, and I was pretty much recovered the next morning.
Motivation: My dad saw a newspaper article about it, and we researched it, decided to do it. I was a Sophomore in highschool. My grandmother paid the trip fee. I got in shape before-hand. That helped a lot.
Most Challenging Aspect:At first I was lonely, especially the first day or two. Then I gradually made friends with others in our group. I was only 16, and the trip was the longest time away from my parents. There was a guy in our group who was only 15 though. A guy from Ireland became my best friend in the group.
Favorite Experience: Riding through the Grand Tetons, which I later re-visited and stayed for a couple of years. Huge variety of scenery and people across the country. Enjoyed getting to know Irish guy in our group, whom I later visited at his home in Dublin.
Least Favorite: They were re-paving a big section of road in Kansas. The worker let us go ahead, and a couple of us fell on freshly laid tar. Delayed us a day while we cleaned it off our bikes. A couple weeks later we were hit by several tornadoes in St. Genevieve, MO while camping on the Missouri River.
Tips: Don't draft too closely, and be alert when doing so. I fell on the first day because of drafting too closely, and the same happened to a guy who was drafting me.
Number of Children in Group: 2
Number of Adults in Group: 11Ages of the children on ride:
|Under 8 years of age||
9-12 years of age|
|13-14 years of age||
15-18 years of age|
Date Entered: Mar, 2013
Photo by Dennis Coello