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BIKECENTENNIAL '76 -- Astoria, OR to Missoula, MT, June, 1976

Total Miles: 1000
Miles/Day: 70
Days Riding: 14
Group Size: 3
Bike: Touring
Flat Tires: 15

Load: Panniers
Load Weight: 35 Lbs.
Camping: 95%
Cooking: 100%
Cost/Day: $ 15
ACA Helped Me: Yes

Rider: David French; 28 years old, Teacher, Member UNITED STATES Email

Summary: Astoria, Oregon to Missoula, MT on the TransAmerica Trail.; Self-Planned

How did ACA Help? We used the original TransAmerica Trail maps and took advantage of the group accident insurance Bikecentennial offered.

Health Issues: None

Motivation: I wanted to experience the thrill of seeing the U.S. by bike and, for the first time, visiting the Western states.

Most Challenging Aspect:Biking the rough and sometimes broken paved roads through the mountains of Eastern Oregon

Favorite Experience: Crossing the beautiful Cascades and learning about the Native Americans of the West, some of whome I had never heard of before. I also learned a valuable life lesson as a result of my participating in the Bikecentennial ride: how comfortably one can live on so little.

Least Favorite: None

Tips: Do it!

Date Entered: May, 2006

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