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TAWB602 - TRANSAMERICA WEST TO EAST -- Reedsport, Oregon to Yorktown, Virginia, June, 1976

Total Miles: 4300
Miles/Day: 55
Days Riding: 73
Group Size: 14
Bike: Touring
Flat Tires: 12

Load: Panniers
Load Weight: 30 Lbs.
Camping: 0%
Cooking: 50%
Cost/Day: $ 20
ACA Helped Me: Yes

Rider: Karla Hart; 16 years old, Retired, Member United States

Summary: A group of 11 of us ranging in age from 10 to 63 in 1976. A grand adventure!; Commercial Trip

How did ACA Help? I participated in a Bikecentennial trip and benefitted from leaders, the incredible group Bikecentennial assembled, maps, BikeInns, inspiration and information.

Health Issues: Head down, I plowed right into a fellow cyclist who was stopped on the yellow line. She ended up with a huge bruise on her butt and I landed on the center-line. Fortunately my head was okay and the gash in my elbow healed.

Motivation: Adventure.

Most Challenging Aspect:I was 16 and had only biked short distances in Alaska. Learning how to pace myself and persevere when ascending mountains was my first challenge. The heat became my next challenge with 110 degree days in Kansas.

Favorite Experience: Everyday brought new highlights, I could never list a single favorite.

Least Favorite: Traffic in some places was really intimidating and highway shoulders were much narrower on most roads in 1976,

Tips: Go! Our gear in 1976 proved you don't need much. My bike was cheap, we UPGRADED to cotton sweat pants to ride in at the surplus store in Missoula. Only our leaders had helmets as demand far exceeded supply in the U.S. in 1976. My panniers flew off when I hit bumps just wrong. It was still incredible

Date Entered: Apr, 2020

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