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TRANSAMERICA TRAIL, W-E, CAMPING, 1976 -- Reedsport, OR to Virginia Beach, VA, June, 1976

Total Miles: 4250
Miles/Day: 85
Days Riding: 55
Group Size: 13
Bike: Touring
Flat Tires: 5

Load: Panniers
Load Weight: 30 Lbs.
Camping: 90%
Cooking: 100%
Cost/Day: $ 15
ACA Helped Me: Yes

Rider: Andy Elliott; 16 years old, Administrator, Non-Member United States Email

Summary: West to East, 1976, Reedsport, OR to Williamsburg, VA. 13 in group, ages 15 and up. Leader was Bill Schroeder.; Commercial Trip

How did ACA Help? Our trip was organized by Bikecentennial, which I understand is now Adventure Cycling. One of the most memorable adventures of my life. Thanks!

Health Issues: I got sick in Kentucky. My leader took me to a Bike Inn, and I was pretty much recovered the next morning.

Motivation: My dad saw a newspaper article about it, and we researched it, decided to do it.

Most Challenging Aspect:At first I was lonely, especially the first day or two. Then I gradually made friends with others in our group. I was only 16, and the trip was the longest time away from my parents.

Favorite Experience: Riding through the Grand Tetons, which I later re-visited and stayed for a couple of years. Huge variety of scenery and people across the country.

Least Favorite: They were re-paving a big section of road in Kansas and a couple of us fell on freshly laid tar. Delayed us a day while we cleaned it off our bikes. A couple weeks later we were hit by several tornadoes in St. Genevieve, MO while camping on the Missouri River.

Tips: Don't draft too closely. We had a couple of accidents.

Date Entered: Mar, 2016

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