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1GWWB616 -- Astoria, Oregon to Pueblo Colorado, June, 1976

Total Miles: 2250
Miles/Day: 72
Days Riding: 45
Group Size: 9
Bike: Touring
Flat Tires: 0

Load: Panniers
Load Weight: 30 Lbs.
Camping: 0%
Cooking: 30%
Cost/Day: $ 0
ACA Helped Me: Yes

Rider: David Wessling; 23 years old, High School Administrator, Non-Member UNITED STATES Email

Summary: The Bikecentennial ride was my first group ride, my first overnight ride, and my first time west of Kansas. It started my serious interest in bicycle touring, and I havent' stopped in 30 years. ; Commercial Trip

How did ACA Help? Our leader was great, a woman who taught at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. She was an AYH leader most years, but in 1976 led for B76. She led us well.

Health Issues: Fatigue the first few days was the only issue.

Motivation: There was a 1974 or 1975 article on Hemistour and B76 planning in Parade magazine that my mother sent me. She thought I'd be interested because I was commuting on my bike at the time.

Most Challenging Aspect:Every day led to new discoveries.

Favorite Experience: Going UP over mountains allowed me to FEEL the joining of mind and body.

Least Favorite: Little about the trip was unenjoyable. The group, the leader, the terrain, the cycling, the food, the scenery--all was great. I treasure it regularly by reciting all the overnights in Bike Inns.

Tips: Wear a helmet.

Date Entered: Jun, 2015

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