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Cyclist in Mobile, Alabama

TAWK517 -- Reedsport, OR to Yorktown, VA, May, 1976

Total Miles: 4
Miles/Day: 75
Days Riding: 68
Group Size: 12
Bike: Road
Flat Tires: 10

Load: Panniers
Load Weight: 40 Lbs.
Camping: 90%
Cooking: 90%
Cost/Day: $ 10
ACA Helped Me: Yes

Rider: Josh Sanner; FedEx Courier, Non-Member UNITED STATES Email

Summary: A life changing experience!! Thirty years later, there are few days that I have not thought back to that wonderful summer. I have used that summer to put a framework around the rest of my life. Lessons that were learned and people that I met have stayed with me for thirty years. Thank you Dan and Greg. ; Commercial Trip

How did ACA Help? Bikecentennial '76 Rider

Health Issues: Numb hands and the flu in Kentucky.

Motivation: I was fourteen when I read a small article in Bicycling Magazine about a plan to celebrate the nations birthday. What a great way to end highschool, I thought. I talked about the trip for two and half years, my parents never took my plans seriously, until I sent in the deposit!

Most Challenging Aspect:The physical aspect was not near as hard as the interworking of the group. We were twelve strangers put together as a team. Ninety percent of the time it worked great, the other ten percent made for some great stories!

Favorite Experience: Seeing this great nation and meeting the fantastic people that live here! From ocean to ocean and I can tell you stories of things that people did for us. Dry firewood in Colorado on a rainy wet day, cool swimming pools in a hot dry Kansas and being interviewed for a small town newspaper in Kentucky. Good experience after good experience!

Least Favorite: Having a drunk driver drive his car through are campgound at 2:30 am, just missing several of us sleeping on the ground!

Tips: GO SLOW!!! Thirty years later the number of miles that you made in a day will not be remembered, but the people you talked to along the way will be! Any TAWK517 members out there please email me.

Date Entered: Apr, 2013

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