Total Miles: 4250
Rider: rosalyn chatham; 19 years old, Non-Member.
Summary: Commercial Trip
How did ACA Help? Bikecentennial trained me to be the assistant leader. They planned the route, and provided a basic schedule, and Bike Inns. We were also given maps and area information.
Health Issues: I had sore hands and a sore bottom the entire trip. My knees often hurt, especially on climbs. My hands still go numb and my knees have never been the same.
Motivation: I had done some bike camping before and going all the way across country appealed to me.
Most Challenging Aspect:The weather was unpleasant for much of our trip. Most of the beginning of the trip was rainy and cold. Some of the mountain climbs were very difficult, especially at the beginning when not everyone was in shape and the bikes were heavy. The bad weather just made it that much worse. I also found it challenging to be a leader in a group in which I was the second youngest member and one of only 3 woman.
Favorite Experience: I enjoyed the opportunities we had to join community events. We were invited to be a team against the fireman in a water hose battle on the 4th of July. In another town we joined their square dance.
Least Favorite: I disliked the days when the group wasn't getting along.
Tips: Don't rush the trip. Plan extra time so you can fully enjoy the special places you pass through.
Date Entered: May, 2011
Photo by Dennis Coello