Total Miles: 4400
Rider: Randall Smith; 22 years old, environmental planner, Non-Member.
Summary: Rode entire route from east to west. First part through Virginia as part of a 10-person camping tour; the remainder as an Independent with several other Independent friends.; Self-Planned
How did ACA Help? I registered as a Bikecentennial 76 rider, and was sent guidebooks and mapbooks, etc.
Health Issues: I had a few scrapes from minor bike accidents, but nothing serious. Also, had to be careful of becoming 'saddle sore' and/or numb in the groin area from too much time spent on the bike...
Motivation: My biggest motivation was a desire to travel/see the country in a different way. Boy, was it fantastically different!
Most Challenging Aspect:Trying to perservere through high winds and rain (luckily that didn't occur too often).
Favorite Experience: Arriving at Jackson Hole from Breckinridge, Colorado after an amazing 5 consecutive 'century' days and wild weather (same time as Estes Park flood disaster).
Least Favorite: Hostile locals in Eastern Kentucky throwing beer cans from their truck at some members of our group.
Tips: Bring the proper gear, travel light and be flexible to change and/or opportunity. You will meet some amazing people - be friendly.
Date Entered: May, 2008
Photo by Dennis Coello