Total Miles: 4450
Rider: Patrick Parks; 26 years old, teacher, Non-Member.
Summary: This was a solo, camping trip across US sticking close to Transamerica trail; Self-Planned
How did ACA Help? I bought maps from the old Bikecentennial organization and stuck fairly close to their routes.
Health Issues: Sunburn and saddle sore were the biggest problems.
Motivation: I was just looking for adventure and a challenge. I'd always wanted to cycle across the states by myself. Thought it would be a great way to see our remarkable country.
Most Challenging Aspect:Absolutely, the heat and winds of Kansas were the most challenging. Also, a few individual hills especially near the coast of Oregon, Missouri, and VA were pretty tough.
Favorite Experience: It was one, long favorite experience!! I can't wait to do it again when I retire in a few years. The people in Kansas were amazing in their generosity and hospitality...but, actually, in every state, virtually everybody I met was friendly.
Least Favorite: Fixing flats and other repairs... my tires/bike were really not suitable for camping/touring. Also, 110+ heat is really tough for more than just a few hours. Finally, cycling with a raging hangover was awfully tough... but, I appreciated the free beer! Dogs in the MO and KY!
Tips: Don't create too strict a time table for your trip if you can possibly avoid it. It should not be a race. Enjoy every day and the amazing people you will meet. Get off of your bike and talk to people. Leave your watch and cell phone. make sure your bike is suitable for touring.
Date Entered: Sep, 2012
Photo by Dennis Coello