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TRANSAMERICA TRAIL 1976 -- Williamsburg to Reedsport, OR, June, 1976

Total Miles: 4250
Miles/Day: 55
Days Riding: 80
Group Size: 12
Bike: Touring
Flat Tires: 10

Load: Panniers
Load Weight: 30 Lbs.
Camping: 100%
Cooking: 100%
Cost/Day: $ 10
ACA Helped Me: Yes

Rider: Bob Richey; 26 years old, retired engineer/artist, Non-Member UNITED STATES Email

Summary: Group 0f 12 riders, ages ranged from 16 to 28. Three women and 9 guys. East to West crossing. A tripp of a lifetime, still enjoy looking back on it after 32 years.; Commercial Trip

How did ACA Help? Original 1976 Bikecentennial planned trip.

Health Issues: I was lucky. I had a cold early on in the trip but nothing else bothered me. I remember some people in other group developed swollen knees and had to stop riding.

Motivation: A love of cycling and a sense of adventure. I had first biked in Europe in the early 70's while stationed in the Army in Germany. Today at age 58 I still stay active in cycling and also enter triathlons.

Most Challenging Aspect:The very beginning was the most challenging seeing the trip started in the East and the hills of Virginia & Kentucky were very steep grades.

Favorite Experience: Doing 100 miles in Kansas one morning before lunch with the help of a very strong tail wind. I think all the people I met during the trip was really the most memorable.

Least Favorite: My least favorite experience was the periods of rain that would sometimes last several days. Trying to camp in the rain was bad, I remember sleeping in the laundry room one night rather than set my tent up in the rain.

Tips: I would not recommend doing this trip alone. This trip helped define me as a person but I think I needed the support of the other group members to stay motivated the whole way.

Number of Children in Group: 3

Number of Adults in Group: 9

Ages of the children on ride:
Under 8 years of age 9-12 years of age
13-14 years of age 15-18 years of age

Date Entered: Mar, 2008

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