June 21, 2016
Kansas. TransAmerica Bicycle Trail, section 8, map 94. Straight as a string.
I’m penning this blog post in the cool of a community-center basement after a ride that ended in a 40-mile stretch of road on which I DID NOT MAKE A SINGLE TURN. Check the straightest red line ever on Strava. In the heat of the day, Kansas can seem eternal.
After the epic adventure of leading a TransAm tour last year, I never imagined I would end up riding this section again, but here I am, and actually enjoying it even more the second time around.
Since Adventure Cycling first began in 1976 as Bikecentenial, we’ve offered at least one tour along the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail each year. This year, on the occasion of our 40th anniversary, we have not one, but THREE TransAm groups out on the road. At the time of this writing, we have one self-contained tour in Colorado, followed by a van-supported tour rolling through Kansas, and our brand new TransAm 76 tour, its riders appearing in the photos below.
In the spirit of 1976, Adventure Cycling offered a scrappy, no-frills version of our classic TransAm this summer, designed for participants under 30 years of age. I had the pleasure of joining this amazing group of folks for the first few weeks of their tour and I cannot wait to see them all again during the Montana Bike Celebration this July. Until then, here are just a few of the moments we shared in those first weeks ...
Photos courtesy of Whitney Ford-Terry