Total Miles: 0
Rider: mauri booton; 27 years old, Day Care Administrator, Non-Member.
Summary: Began riding from Astoria with two other independent cyclists. Informally joined a group in Illinois to complete ride as the final group in.; Commercial Trip
Health Issues: After being hit by the car, I had stitches, bruises and a broken tailbone. Getting back on to ride from Missouri to Virginia was a challenge.
Motivation: I loved the independence of cycling across the country -- self contained. Wanted to see the country "up close and personal" in the bicentennial year.
Most Challenging Aspect:The most challenging aspect was just keeping it going - day after day. Breaking down camp - biking all day - setting up camp with shopping, cooking, laundry, etc.
Favorite Experience: There were SO many favorite experiences. One memorable one was camping on the snow covered pass near the Three Sisters in Oregon. Our independent group of 3 decided to "cross the pass" even though the snow was several feet deep. We had made the ride up "Dead Horse Pass" and continued on.
Least Favorite: My least favorite experience was being hit by a car and ending up in the hospital with stitches in my head and a broken tailbone. This required a couple of weeks of recouperation. Being hit the second time: priceless!!
Tips: If the campground says: Beware Of Rattlesnakes -- BEWARE!!
Date Entered: Jan, 2009
Photo by Dennis Coello