Ride Registry

Cyclist in Mobile, Alabama

TRANS AMERICA BICYCLE ADVENTURE -- San Francisco CA to Yorktown VA, May, 1996

Total Miles: 3966
Miles/Day: 66.6
Days Riding: 68
Group Size: 1
Bike: Touring
Flat Tires: 50

Load: Panniers
Load Weight: 45 Lbs.
Camping: 90%
Cooking: 67%
Cost/Day: $ 30
ACA Helped Me: Yes

Rider: Van U'Ren; 50 years old, Architectural Job Captain, Non-Member UNITED STATES Email

Summary: Starting at the Golden Gate Bridge covered the distance to join the Bikecentennial Route in Salida CO. From there to Yorktown VA I stayed either on or close to the transamerica route.; Self-Planned

How did ACA Help? Adventure Cycling maps were invaluable. They made the pre-map program trip easier to guide myself across the states without carrying a lot of local maps that would have been heavy & bulky.

Health Issues: I was extremely lucky in that I had only one dayof diarea in western Kentucky. I am thankful for that.

Motivation: Since I began touring I had dreamed of this trip and spent many hours scanning maps, atlases & other sources to make the trip possible. It was the fulfillment of a dream which I just repeated in 2006.

Most Challenging Aspect:The climb above Vesuvius that I had been warned about. Even though I had peddled over 3000 miles to the bottom of the climb it was 4 miles of gut wrenching, muscle straining work. Of course reaching the Blue Ridge Parkway was worth it.

Favorite Experience: The high point was (literally) crossing the Continental Divide at Monarch Pass on Highway 50, in a June snow storm. After that was the entire state of Kentucky, it was absolutely gorgeous.

Least Favorite: Horizontal freezing rain on Interstate 80 in a construction zone in central Nevada.

Tips: Just do it! I spent 7 years looking for companions for this trip and in the end I should have just done it alone as I ended up doing for over 2/3 of the miles. The people along the way were welcoming and very accomdating, especially when the found out that you were 2000 miles from home w/2000 to go

Online Journal: Click Here

Date Entered: Jan, 2007

Select Rides to Review

Photo by Dennis Coello