Total Miles: 4250
Rider: Bob McHenry; 23 years old, landscape architect, Member United States Email
Summary: I was the trained co-leader for an organized Bikecentennial east-to-west camping group in the summer of 1976.; Commercial Trip
How did ACA Help? This was a Bikecentennial organized group with two leaders. We used their maps, guidebooks, cook books, etc. Bikecentennial provided us with group cooking equipment, bike tools, and first aid kit. We stayed at 10 scheduled Bike Inn facilities, and 12 unscheduled Bike Inns.
Health Issues: Filled my water bottles from a hose bibb at a closed gas station in eastern Kentucky, and it turned out that the water was not potable! Severe vomiting and diarrhea ensued at the Bike Inn that night. Got better pretty quickly after a shot of sulfa drugs from a doctor, but missed 2 days of riding.
Motivation: It was a perfect chance for a big adventure between graduating college and entering the working world.
Most Challenging Aspect:For the first 2 weeks, it was getting used to pedaling a loaded bicycle all day. For the whole trip, it was maintaining a balance between all the group participants' expectations, desires, abilities, and personalities.
Favorite Experience: Riding the Blue Ridge Parkway was wonderful, as were the rolling hills in the Ozarks in Missouri. Totally loved riding through the Rocky Mountains from Colorado to Idaho, and the Cascades in Oregon.
Least Favorite: From about Buffalo Kansas to Ordway Colorado: route was flat and straight with little scenery and 30 mph side winds. We biked one 85 mile stretch over 2 days without a turn in the road!
Tips: One of the best ways to travel you will find. Get in shape by biking! Test fully loaded bike and gear on some overnight trips first. Whatever time you can take for a tour will never be enough--it will leave you wanting to do more, but just do what you can rather than never going at all!
Date Entered: Mar, 2014
Photo by Dennis Coello