Total Miles: 4250
Rider: Bob Richey; 26 years old, retired engineer/artist, Non-Member.
Summary: Group 0f 12 riders, ages ranged from 16 to 28. Three women and 9 guys. East to West crossing. A tripp of a lifetime, still enjoy looking back on it after 32 years.; Commercial Trip
How did ACA Help? Original 1976 Bikecentennial planned trip.
Health Issues: I was lucky. I had a cold early on in the trip but nothing else bothered me. I remember some people in other group developed swollen knees and had to stop riding.
Motivation: A love of cycling and a sense of adventure. I had first biked in Europe in the early 70's while stationed in the Army in Germany. Today at age 58 I still stay active in cycling and also enter triathlons.
Most Challenging Aspect:The very beginning was the most challenging seeing the trip started in the East and the hills of Virginia & Kentucky were very steep grades.
Favorite Experience: Doing 100 miles in Kansas one morning before lunch with the help of a very strong tail wind. I think all the people I met during the trip was really the most memorable.
Least Favorite: My least favorite experience was the periods of rain that would sometimes last several days. Trying to camp in the rain was bad, I remember sleeping in the laundry room one night rather than set my tent up in the rain.
Tips: I would not recommend doing this trip alone. This trip helped define me as a person but I think I needed the support of the other group members to stay motivated the whole way.
Number of Children in Group: 3
Number of Adults in Group: 9Ages 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, 2008
Photo by Dennis Coello