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Cyclist in Mobile, Alabama

BIKECENTENNIAL -- Reedsport, Oregon to Yorktown, Virginia, June, 1976

Total Miles: 4250
Miles/Day: 85
Days Riding: 52
Group Size: 13
Bike: Road
Flat Tires: 0

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

Rider: Mark Hecox; 22 years old, Construction Estimator, Non-Member UNITED STATES Email

Summary: It was a trip of a lifetime that I will never forget.; Self-Planned

How did ACA Help? I would study the regional tour guides each evening about the history, geology, plant and animal life that I would be passing through the following day. That was so helpful and made the trip more meaningful to me.

Health Issues: None

Motivation: I was already a pretty strong bike rider and I felt like this adventure was a once in a lifetime opportunity that I had to be a part of.

Most Challenging Aspect:In the beginning of my trip, I was carrying too much weight which I ended up shipping home or discarding things that I really didn't need. The most challenging thing for me was breaking spokes, 23 total over several days, mostly while climbing the Rockies.

Favorite Experience: Meeting people all over our country and from around the world.

Least Favorite: I got caught in a major thunderstorm one night in Missouri and had to sleep in my soaking wet sleeping bag under a picnic table in a roadside park because it was raining too hard to get to our bike inn destination.

Tips: I stopped constantly to take photos and ended up with over 5000 slides. I was usually the last of my group in each day because I took my time to enjoy and learn from my experience by taking little side trips and tours of historical and other opportunities.

Date Entered: Jan, 2011

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