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TAEK612 -- Cortland, New York to San Francisco, CA, June, 1976

Total Miles: 5
Miles/Day: 60
Days Riding: 105
Group Size: 16
Bike: Touring
Flat Tires: 10

Load: Panniers
Load Weight: 45 Lbs.
Camping: 95%
Cooking: 99%
Cost/Day: $ 10
ACA Helped Me: Yes

Rider: David Stupke; 23 years old, systems engineer, Non-Member UNITED STATES Email

Summary: Absolutely one of the great highlights of my life. I also rode 600 miles from New York State to the Williamsburg start, and 600 miles from Reedsport to San Francisco. One of the highlights of the trip was the friendliness of the people, especially in the Midwest. We were one of the last groups to start across country, and found friendlier locals when we took a slight detour off main trail.; Commercial Trip

How did ACA Help? The main bike ride was an official Transamerica cross country ride, with a leader and an assistant leader, and the whole works for a camping group. My solo rides before and after the main ride were planned totally by me.

Health Issues: I got sick for several days from some apple butter I should not have bought, and not refridgerated. This meant numerous quick trips to the bath room, including some where I had to use a pay toilet.

Motivation: Now days it seems like I was crazy. especially when I rode solo for 600 miles down the Pacific coast to San Francisco 3000 miles from home. Actually, I was motivated by an urge to see the country, and try to get some idea where to go in life from stagnation at the time.

Most Challenging Aspect:Day after day of plain camping type meals.

Favorite Experience: The first ride into the Rocky Mountains, starting in Pueblo, CO in the morning, and ending up actually up in the mountains by evening. My first Rocky Mountain High.

Least Favorite: Probably either the occassional dogs trying to bite me, or the very rude drivers on both east and west coasts.

Tips: Just do it, despite any fears. You will remember and relish it forever. No matter what you do the rest of your life, a cross country bike ride will ALWAYS be one of one greatest experiences.

Date Entered: May, 2006

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