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LEWIS & CLARK TRIP, W TO E, BIKE INN -- Astoria, Oregon to Jackson, Wyoming, June, 1976

Total Miles: 1450
Miles/Day: 55
Days Riding: 29
Group Size: 12
Bike: Road
Flat Tires: 0

Load: Panniers
Load Weight: 30 Lbs.
Camping: 0%
Cooking: 0%
Cost/Day: $ 0
ACA Helped Me: Yes

Rider: Jim Nelson; 29 years old, Civil Engineer, Non-Member UNITED STATES Email

Summary: This trip was my first extended long distance bike tour. I have done a lot of touring since, but I still have great memories of this trip. We had 14 people in the group at the start at Astoria and finished the trip in Wyoming with 12. Tom Colbert (from Iowa) and Donna Norris (Montana) were the leaders. One member of our group was Cynthia Gorney, a reporter for The Washington Post newspaper. She wrote great stories about our trip that were published about every other day in the Post from June 21 to July 26, 1976. At many points along the trip we would stop at local libraries to try to find a copy of the latest Post to read about ourselves. Some trip highlights that I remember are: Eating the evening meal at Rose Lodge, Oregon. It was at a Grange Hall being used as one of the bike-inns and was run by an elderly lady. She prepared a bowl of spaghetti for a large group of very hungry bikers. As she came tottering out with the bowl, we all descended on the poor old lady, quickly devoured the spaghetti and looked about for more & we were still hungry. The battle cry in our group at mealtime for the remainder of the trip was Remember Rose Lodge!! and then we would dive into the meal. Climbing up White Bird Hill. We yelled and shouted to each other on the many switchbacks as we rode up the hill. Going skinny-dipping in the Jerry Johnson Hot Springs. It was out in the middle of the forest along the Lochsa River in Idaho. Going on a moon lit walk, with a friend, past the bubbling hot springs in Yellowstone Park. Being in a photograph that ended up on the cover of the Nov. 1976 issue of Bicycling magazine. Greg Siple took a picture of the group he was leading. Steve (another member of our group, a young bike racer from California) and I ended up in the picture also. I still proudly show the magazine cover to all my biking friends. Buying a sports coat and tie at a local second hand shop at the end of the trip in Jackson, we all got dressed up, and went out to blow the rest of our pool money on food and drinks and celebrate the end of a great trip. (I still have the sports coat) ; Commercial Trip

Date Entered: May, 2006

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