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BIKECENTENNIAL '76 -- Astoria, Oregon to Jackson, Wyoming, June, 1976

Total Miles: 1
Miles/Day: 58
Days Riding: 30
Group Size: 9
Bike: Road
Flat Tires: 0

Load: Panniers
Load Weight: 30 Lbs.
Camping: 100%
Cooking: 90%
Cost/Day: $ 0
ACA Helped Me: No

Rider: Leslie Rock; librarian, Non-Member UNITED STATES Email

Summary: We rode self-contained as a Bikecentennial group from Astoria, Oregon, to Jackson, Wyoming, in 1976. There were 9 of us, strangers at the beginning, but lifelong friends by the end of the trip. We are all now in agreement that it was one of the most significant events of our lives. ; Commercial Trip

Health Issues: All nine of us enjoyed perfect health the entire 5 weeks.

Motivation: An article about the upcoming "grandest event in the history of bicycling" in Sports Illustrated.

Most Challenging Aspect:Road bikes at that time were built with only medium and high gears, so it made the mountains a real challenge.

Favorite Experience: My favorite experience was the thrill of accomplishment . . . 1,746 miles. It was my first tour of more than 50 miles.

Least Favorite: None.

Tips: Take lots of photos!

Date Entered: May, 2006

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