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BIKECENTENNIAL 1980 -- Williamsburg to Portland, May, 1980

Total Miles: 4
Miles/Day: 60
Days Riding: 80
Group Size: 12
Bike: Touring
Flat Tires: 10

Load: Panniers
Load Weight: 30 Lbs.
Camping: 90%
Cooking: 80%
Cost/Day: $ 15
ACA Helped Me: Yes

Rider: Bob Rorke; 21 years old, Government employee, Non-Member UNITED STATES Email

Summary: We started with 12 riders in Williamsburg and ended with 5 riders in Portland. Our trip delayed because of Mt St Helens. Kansas was the hottest, but had the nicest people. There were many highlights - Lolo Pass, Jenny Lake in the Tetons, the rivers in Idaho, and the Oregon Coast. ; Commercial Trip

How did ACA Help? It was Bikecentennial trip. You picked the group leader and sent up money along the way.

Health Issues: I had no health issues. Another rider in our group had sore feet. another had biker's palsy in his ring finger.

Motivation: I loved to bike long distances. I love history, and travel. And a friend from college (Fred Williams) went on a Bikecentennial trip in 1979 and loved it.

Most Challenging Aspect:Kansas and the heat was the most challenging. There is not an easy way to bicycle in 11o degree heat.

Favorite Experience: My favorite was relaxing in the hot springs at Lolo Pass. Anyone who has relaxed there understands how wonderful it is.

Least Favorite: My least favorite was the coal trucks in KY and western VA. I understood they had a job to do and I pulled off as fast as I could.

Tips: I would highly recommend going from east to west. I would also recommend taking lots of photos. There are many places along the way that you think you'll visit again. I would recommend that riders stop and visit and tour a museum or historic site if it interests them. You may not be back that way again.

Date Entered: Jan, 2011

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