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Cyclist in Mobile, Alabama

TRANSAMERICA WEST -- Portland, OR to Yorktown, VA, June, 1985

Total Miles: 4600
Miles/Day: 57.5
Days Riding: 80
Group Size: 13
Bike: Touring
Flat Tires: 2

Load: Panniers
Load Weight: 50 Lbs.
Camping: 90%
Cooking: 90%
Cost/Day: $ 9
ACA Helped Me: Yes

Rider: Kenneth Martin; 20 years old, Student, Member United States Email

Summary: A Bikecentennial led TransAmerica trip going West to East in the summer of 1985. It was 98% camping and 95% cooking.; Commercial Trip

How did ACA Help? It was an Adventure Cycling (Bikecentennial) led trip.

Health Issues: The only health problem I had was a 24 hour stomach virus. It's awful when it happens at home, but on the road is much worse.

Motivation: A chance to see the American West. I also met a group the summer before my trip and they told me how great their experience was.

Most Challenging Aspect:Getting going and breaking camp in the morning, especially on mail days when our group leader really wanted to get on the road.

Favorite Experience: There are far too many to list. I did love the very long downhill sections out West. We had a great group and overall it was a great experience. And being in Virginia City, MT during a Barber Shop Quartet convention was a blast.

Least Favorite: Numerous broken spokes. Trying to fix a broken spoke on the side of the road can be a real pain. In fact my only flat tire was the result of my fixing a spoke.

Tips: Enjoy the scenery and meet the locals.

Date Entered: Jul, 2020

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