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BIKECENTENNIAL 76 -- Williamsburg, Viginia to Reedsport, Oregon, June, 1976

Total Miles: 4400
Miles/Day: 54
Days Riding: 81
Group Size: 4
Bike: Touring
Flat Tires: 6

Load: Panniers
Load Weight: 40 Lbs.
Camping: 75%
Cooking: 50%
Cost/Day: $ 15
ACA Helped Me: Yes

Rider: Randall Smith; 22 years old, environmental planner, Non-Member UNITED STATES Email

Summary: Rode entire route from east to west. First part through Virginia as part of a 10-person camping tour; the remainder as an Independent with several other Independent friends.; Self-Planned

How did ACA Help? I registered as a Bikecentennial 76 rider, and was sent guidebooks and mapbooks, etc.

Health Issues: I had a few scrapes from minor bike accidents, but nothing serious. Also, had to be careful of becoming 'saddle sore' and/or numb in the groin area from too much time spent on the bike...

Motivation: My biggest motivation was a desire to travel/see the country in a different way. Boy, was it fantastically different!

Most Challenging Aspect:Trying to perservere through high winds and rain (luckily that didn't occur too often).

Favorite Experience: Arriving at Jackson Hole from Breckinridge, Colorado after an amazing 5 consecutive 'century' days and wild weather (same time as Estes Park flood disaster).

Least Favorite: Hostile locals in Eastern Kentucky throwing beer cans from their truck at some members of our group.

Tips: Bring the proper gear, travel light and be flexible to change and/or opportunity. You will meet some amazing people - be friendly.

Date Entered: May, 2008

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