Total Miles: 4250
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
Photo by Dennis Coello