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From Sea to Shining Sea!


Retired Pastor & Forester Cycle the TransAmerica Trail

4,767 miles (7,672 km) over 89 days from May 16, 2012 to August 12, 2012

Topic: Bicycle Touring  
Categories: Philosophy & Poetry, Tour diaries, Equipment lists, Road bikes, 1-3 months, TransAmerica Trail, USA Coast to Coast, East to West, USA East to West
Locales: North America, United States, Virginia, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Oregon
Year: 2012

Permalink: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/JoeandGuy

Copyright © 2012-2014 By Joseph Culpepper - (contact)

Status: Completed Mar 2013
Last update: Monday March 11, 2013 09:46 (US/Pacific) (edited Wed 14 May 2014 18:27 (US/Pacific))
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Heading into Buttes & Red Ridges between Jeffery City & Lander,WY - 7/10/12


Table of Contents

Prologue

      Dreaming for Over 30 Years!
      Our TransAmerica Route: with Map
      Preparation Underway
      More Extensive Repairs: Also Night Dreams Begin
      Training is Terrific???
      Why Go from East to West?: Inquiring Minds Want to Know!
      Sheer Force of Will!
      Go (Away) You Hairy Dogs!
      Georgia On My Mind: Training in the Deep South
      Night-time Dreams Increase
      Photos from 50 & 41 mile Training Rides
      Training Goals Met: Ready to Ride, But Not Yet!
      Final Training Ride: Headed to Yorktown
      Moral Support?

I - The Journey - Virginia

      Day 1 - Yorktown to Willis United Methodist Church: Colonial Launch
      Day 2 - Willis UMC to Mineral, VA: Circling Richmond
      Day 3 - Mineral to Charlottesville, VA: Beautiful Rural Virginia
      Day 4 - Charlottesville to Mallard Duck Campground: Blue Ridge Mountains Majesty!
      Day 5 - Mallard Duck Camp to Troutville, VA: Washington & Lee & the Cicadas
      Day 6 - Bethel Camp near Troutville to Radford, VA: A World Wide Biking Family
      Day 7 - Radford to Wytheville, VA: Courtesy in the Commonwealth
      Day 8 - Mouth of Wilson, VA: Rest Day -A Several Wedding Reunion!
      Day 9 - Wytheville to Damascus, VA: Our "Damascus Road"
      Day 10 - Damascus to Haysi, VA: Don't Flinch for Clinch Mountain!

II - Kentucky

      Day 11 - Haysi, VA to Bevinsville, KY: "Good Luck Fellers!"
      Day 12 - Bevinsville to Hazard, KY: The Lord's Day in KY
      Day 13 - Hazard to Booneville, KY: Memorial Day - 8 Climbs & Clouds
      Day 14 - Booneville to Berea, KY: Shorter, Steeper, & Sloppy!
      Day 15 - Rest Day, Berea, KY: Mountain Crafts & Prep to Be on Our Own
      Day 16 - Berea to Lincoln Homestead State Park, KY: Riding theRidges
      Day 17 - Lincoln Homestead to Bardstown, KY: Bardstown Breakdown!
      Day 18 - Bardstown to Hodgenville, KY: Pilgrimage to Gethsemani Abbey & Lincoln's Birthplace
      Day 19 - Hodgenville to Mammoth Cave, KY: A Loop to the Cave
      Day 20 - Mammoth Cave to Sonora, KY: Raccoons, Hill Payback, & Historic Home
      Day 21 - Sonora to Fordsville, KY: Finding Ourselves in Fordsville
      Day 22 - Fordsville to Sebree, KY: Hospitality Abounds!
      Day 23 - Seebre, KY to Cave In Rock, IL: Another Milestone Today

III - Illinois

      Day 24 - Rest Day at Cave In Rock State Park, IL
      Day 25 - Cave In Rock to Goreville, IL: Southern IL or KY Annex?
      Day 26 - Goreville to Chester, IL: Lakes, the Big River, & Another Bike Failure!
      Day 27 - Unintended Rest Day for Bike Repair: Visit from daughter Teresa & girls

IV - Missouri

      Day 28 - Chester, IL to Pilot Knob, MO: Bluffing Our Way to Brian & the Ozarks
      Day 29 - Pilot Knob to Owls Bend, MO: Big Dogs, Big Trucks, Big Hills
      Day 30 - Owls Bend to Houston, MO: "If Bicycling were Meant to be Easy . . . "
      Day 31 - Houston to Marshfield, MO: Peaceful Pastures & A New International Cyclist
      Day 32 - Marshfield to Ash Grove, MO: Spiritual Reflection on a Day of Testing
      Day 33 - Ash Grove, MO to Pittsburg, KS: Blessed Prairie at Last! Surprise at Day's End!

V - Kansas

      Day 34 - Rest Day - Pittsburg, KS
      Day 35 - Pittsburg to Chanute, KS: Little Bikes on the Prairie
      Day 36 - Chanute to Eureka, KS: Meeting Cyclists on the Wind Swept Plains
      Day 37 - Eureka to Newton, KS: Flint Hill Cattle Country & Fire Captain Don
      Day 38 - Newton to Hudson, KS: "We Love Our Bikers!"
      Day 39 - Hudson to Rush Center, KS: A Tough Ride to the Mental Hospital & Beyond
      Day 40- Rush Center to Dighton, KS: A Good Samaritan & Broiling on the Open Plains!
      Day 41 - Dighton to Leoti, KS: Frying! & The Shrinking of Small Town America
      Day 42 - Rest Day in Leoti, KS

VI - Colorado

      Day 43 - Leoti, KS to Sheridan Lake, CO: Fun in the Sun?????
      Day 44 - Sheridan Lake to Haswell, CO: Really Early Really Makes a Difference!
      Day 45 - Haswell to Fowler, CO: Insects, & Flowers on a Fine Fun Day
      Day 46 - Fowler to Pueblo, CO: Between the River & the Desert to Stan & Danielle!
      Day 47 - Pueblo to Royal Gorge, CO: Terrible Tire & Gorgeous Gorge!
      Day 48- Royal Gorge to Hartsel, CO: Into the Real Rockies!
      Day 49 - Hartsel to Breckenridge, CO: Hoosier Pass, Highest Point on our TransAm Adventure!
      Day 50 - Rest Day, Breckenridge, CO: Independence Day!
      Day 51 - Breckenridge to Hot Sulphur Springs, CO: Out of Green Into Brown with Steeled Nerves
      Day 52 - Hot Sulphur Springs to Walden, CO: Up into the Mist, Back to Green (& Black)

VII - Wyoming

      Day 53 - Walden, CO to Riverside, WY: Carried Away into Welcoming Wyoming
      Day 54 - Riverside to Rawlins, WY: Sailing Along Under the Big Blue Sky
      Day 55 - Rawlins to Jeffery City, WY: Meeting Cyclists for a Cause in the Lovely Desert
      Day 56 - Jeffery City to Lander, WY: Across the Flats, Through the Buttes, to Civilization Again
      Day 57 - Rest Day, Lander, WY: Plus Another Song Parody
      Day 58 - Lander to Dubois, WY: On the "Res" & In the Badlands with Ross & Song Gyoo
      Day 59 - Dubois to Grand Teton Nat'l Park, WY: Encountering Bears, A Pass, & Tetons!
      Day 60 - Grand Teton Park to Jackson, WY: Magnificent Tetons!
      Day 61 - Jackson, WY to Yellowstone Nat'l Park: Out of Tetons into Wondrous Yellowstone!

VIII - Montana

      Day 62 - Grant Village, Yellowstone, WY to West Yellowstone, MT: What Wonders God Has Wrought!
      Day 63 - W. Yellowstone to Ennis, MT: Nearly Perfect Biking in Big Sky Country
      Day 64 - Rest Day, Ennis, MT: With a Final Homage to WY
      Day 65 - Ennis to Twin Bridges, MT: Gold Rush Fever! We found Gold!!
      Day 66 - Twin Bridges to Jackson, MT: Two Tough Passes & Crazy Sisters!
      Day 67 - Sight Seeing Day in Yellowstone
      Day 68 - Jackson to Darby, MT: Chief Joseph Pass & Bitterroot Beauty!
      Day 69 - Darby to Missoula, MT: Another Flat & Two More Milestones!
      Day 70 - Rest Day in Missoula, MT: A Much Anticipated Destination!

IX - Idaho

      Day 71 - Missoula, MT to Colgate Licks Camp, ID: Historic Lolo Trail & Astounding Beauty!
      Day 72 - Colgate Licks Camp to Kooskia, ID: C'est tres Magnifique!
      Day 73 - Kooskia to Riggins, ID: Two Amazing Different Worlds
      Day 74 - Riggins to Council, ID: "How Lovely is Your Dwelling Place. . ."
      Day 75 - Council, ID to Oxbow, OR: Barren! Really? Stupefying? Absolutely!

X - Oregon

      Day 76 - Oxbow to Baker City, OR: Hell's Canyon or Heaven's Canyon?
      Day 77 - Rest Day, Baker City: & Recent Wildlife Encounters
      Day 78 - Baker City to Austin Junction, OR: "Life is Like a Mountain Railroad"
      Day 79 - Austin Junction to Dayville, OR: "Great (John) Day in the Morning!"
      Day 80 - Dayville to Mitchell, OR: "We Have Friendly Fossils Here!"
      Day 81 - Mitchell to Redmond, OR: Which Pass Today?
      Day 82 - Redmond to McKenzie Bridge, OR: McKenzie Majesty!
      Day 83 - McKenzie Bridge to Eugene, OR: Shall We Gather at the River?
      Day 84 -Rest Day, Eugene, OR: Treasures Both New & Old!
      Day 85 - Eugene to Monmouth, OR: Cycling with Keith, After All These Years
      Day 86 - Monmoth to Neskowin, OR: "Ocian in View! Oh, the Joy!"
      Day 87 - Neskowin to Manzanita, OR: "By the Sea . . . By the Beautiful Sea!"
      Day 88 - Manzanita to Astoria, OR: From Sea to Shining Sea; We Made it!
      Day 89 - Relax & Celebrate in Astoria, OR

Epilogue

      Newspaper Column about Willis United Methodist Bike Hostel: With Quotation from Me
      A Lexicon of Catch Phrases from our Adventure: and Parting Photos
      Inquiring Minds Want to Know: Statistics for those so Inclined!
      Two Final Song Parodies!: At the End of the TransAm & an Homage to Adventure Cycling
      Final Reflections # 1: Natural & Physical
      Final Reflections #2: Emotional & Spiritual
      Blogs from Keith Watkins: Reflecting on our Journey
      Packing List: & What I Would Do Differently!
      Newspaper Article in Andalusia, AL Star News: From an interview with Guy
      Merci Beaucoup! Muchas Gracias! Thank You So Much!: To Several Folk Who Were Especially Helpful


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