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

Total Miles: 4
Miles/Day: 80
Days Riding: 82
Group Size: 14
Bike: Touring
Flat Tires: 3

Load: Panniers
Load Weight: 35 Lbs.
Camping: 0%
Cooking: 66%
Cost/Day: $ 10
ACA Helped Me: Yes

Rider: barb (brushe) samsoe; 24 years old, R.N., Non-Member Email

Summary: I was riding my bike over the Pali on the island of Oahu with a friend who told me about the trip. I packed my bag, went home to train in Oregon. It was the grandest adventure of my life where I met the best person in the world, my husband, Bill.; Commercial Trip

How did ACA Help? This was a bike-inn trip for me. Maps, tour books - it was absolutely great.

Health Issues: My knees troubled me some at the first, but I was basically extremely healthy.

Motivation: I was young and wanted to travel. While living on Oahu, a friend of mine told me about the trip and I believed that I could do it.

Most Challenging Aspect:The mountain ranges challenged me as my knees had to get used to the gears. I believe group dynamics was the most challenging. I was young and allowed myself to be bothered by some pretty unique personalities.

Favorite Experience: My favorite experience was meeting my unbeknownst-to-me future husband, Bill. We didn't really connect until I moved back to Hawaii. I also developed a cherished friendship with Les (Babbe) Winton, a person who helped me make it through Wyoming without falling asleep. Incredible experiences!

Least Favorite: Again, my least favorite experience was the group dynamics. Had I been older, I would have been more patient or simply not let unique personalities frustrate me.

Tips: The TransAmerica trip is a life-defining experience. There is so much incredible beauty in our country and there are so many generous and decent people who make up this wonderful country. Make and take the time to undertake this adventure. Your life will never again be the same.

Date Entered: Sep, 2008

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