Total Miles: 4500
Rider: Ronald Spohn; 21 years old, Research chemist, retired, Member United States
Summary: I rode across the US with Bikecentennial. An amazing summer to turn 21.; Commercial Trip
How did ACA Help? Bikecentennial inaugural year and I went as part of the second to last group to leave the east coast.
Health Issues: I had a stomach bug about 2 weeks in and could not ride for 3 days. The group took an early rest day for me, then I got a rides for the next 2 days. The forth day, the group split up my gear and I rode, but very slowly. The fifth day I was much better.
Motivation: Adventure and to see the country.
Most Challenging Aspect:Lack of training and lack of knowledge. I did one, 50 mile, unloaded ride before the start. The first month on the road was brutal.
Favorite Experience: Too many to list but one that stands out, even to this day, was seeing the Milky Way on a moonless night in Wyoming. I grew up outside of NYC so seeing more than twenty stars was magical
Least Favorite: The first 11 days had 9 days of rain. Not a good start for someone with no experience.
Tips: If you're young, just do it. If you're older, train and be prepared for a long trip. There will be good days and bad, but the good far outweigh the bad.
Date Entered: Apr, 2015
Photo by Dennis Coello