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GOLDEN SPOKES WEST & TRANSAM -- Astoria, Oregon to Yorktown, Virginia, June, 1976

Total Miles: 4300
Miles/Day: 53
Days Riding: 81
Group Size: 9
Bike: Road
Flat Tires: 5

Load: Panniers
Load Weight: 40 Lbs.
Camping: 86%
Cooking: 90%
Cost/Day: $ 12
ACA Helped Me: Yes

Rider: Jane Gnass; Licensed Massage Therapist, Member UNITED STATES

Summary: This trip was like a big juicy slice of American Pie; thick crust pizza served in a cast iron pan. Not a week goes by that I don't reflect upon some part of this trip -- unforgettable experiences, friendships, and the grandness of it all. This journey changed my life!; Commercial Trip

How did ACA Help? I used Bikecentennial maps, and a group organized and led by their trained leader, Bernie Black. I stayed in their Bike Inns.

Health Issues: Numbness in right palm and digits 3-5. I couldn't hold a hair brush. Originally had no handlebar padding. I wound old tire tubes onto handlebars. It cleared up within a month of trips end. Next tour to Alaska I used rubber pads on flared touring bars, and had no problems.

Motivation: My first bike trip to Gridley with best friend, Debbie. The trip was like a door opening to adventure, freedom, and possibilities.

Most Challenging Aspect:Deciding to continue on past my original destination of Pueblo, Colorado, knowing that my mother and sister were enroute from California to pick me up.

Favorite Experience: There are so many favorite vignettes from this trip. Here's one: In Virginia's Appalachian Mtns. in late August, mornings started becoming chilly. One cool morning I stopped at a rural yard sale and told the lady I was looking for a flannel shirt. She asked me to wait. Soon she returned with a red flannel shirt. On her heals was a young boy looking disgruntled, bare chested, and cold. When I tried on the shirt, it was still warm. I paid for the shirt and left.

Least Favorite: Headwinds in Kansas!

Tips: Were I to do it over, I'd stop more often for other activities, like a hike and hot springs soak. And I'd have purchased a quality tent that could withstand a lot of rain, for the occasional but intense thunder storms.

Date Entered: Jun, 2007

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