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BIKECENTENNIAL 76 INDEPENDENT RIDER -- Missoula to Williamsburg (hurricane was landing at Yorktown), June, 1976

Total Miles: 3
Miles/Day: 55
Days Riding: 60
Group Size: 1
Bike: Touring
Flat Tires: 2

Load: Panniers
Load Weight: 45 Lbs.
Camping: 5%
Cooking: 5%
Cost/Day: $ 20
ACA Helped Me: Yes

Rider: James Terry; 22 years old, Architect, Non-Member UNITED STATES Email

Summary: I started in Missoula on June 8th and rode to Williamsburg taking photos for a multimedia/ photographic exhibition at the Birmingham Museum of Art in August, 1976. It was an incredible trip! I made a lot of very good friends from around the world. I still keep up with some of them.; Self-Planned

How did ACA Help? I rode the BikeCentennial Trail as an independent using the maps, Bike Inns, etc. and keeping up with friends from the B76 tour groups.

Health Issues: I had mounted the cleats in my riding shoes at a slight angle which started giving me knee problems after a couple of days. I decided to hitchhike with my bike to keep up with my friends while the inflammation subsided. When I got back on the bike and realized what happened, I pulled the cleats off and the problem disappeared.

Motivation: It looked like a great opportunity to see the country, get some excellent exercise, and give me a break after graduation from 4 years of architecture school.

Most Challenging Aspect:Headwinds

Favorite Experience: I was riding along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia early one morning with the wind in my face when a full-grown cougar crossed the road about 200 feet ahead of me. Because I was on my quiet bicycle, he never saw me but I'll never forget seeing him.

Least Favorite: I was run off the road by a driver going the other way who insisted on passing a car in his lane by using my lane. He started honking his horn to tell me to get off the road. I was going about 35 MPH down a hill when I realized we were going to be in the same lane with about a 100 MPH speed differential. Fortunately, my bicycle and my body both survived the off-road experience.

Tips: Just do it !!!

Date Entered: May, 2006

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