Total Miles: 4700
Rider: Jan Hogle; 22 years old, Educator/consultant, Member.
Summary: Three college friends traveled the US by bike in 1982 following the BikeCentennial TransAmerica Trail. ; Self-Planned
How did ACA Help? We obtained our maps from BikeCentennial (before Adventure Cycling came into being).
Health Issues: We all suffered colds at the outset of the ride, and mine developed into ear infections by the time we reached eastern Colorado. We had to take off a week or so, and missed Kansas while I recuperated (at home). We resumed the trip again in Carbondale, Illinois.
Motivation: We wanted to see the US by bike and were excited about the opportunity to ride coast to coast.
Most Challenging Aspect:The early days of the trip were most challenging, as we learned how to manage the panniers and the weight of the bikes...and as we entered the mountains before we were really in shape for the ride. (Our motto: Weebles wobble but they don't fall down.)
Favorite Experience: Hearing reports of other riders from delivery route drivers, like UPS, who were keeping an eye on our progress. Also, drivers who stopped us to offer sodas, or dinner, or a place to camp for the night just because they wanted to hear about our trip.
Least Favorite: The least favorite part of my experience was in the very windy, open highways of Wyoming, where it was so windy that we had to ride 45 degrees to the road in order to stay upright at all.
Tips: It isn't just equipment that gets you through a long trip. It's good companionship, a positive attitude, and knowing that your supper will never taste as good as it does after you've ridden a fully loaded bike over a mountain and passed cars that had trouble getting up the same hills!
Date Entered: Jan, 2011
Photo by Dennis Coello