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Screamer's Trans Am 2009


Planning & Executing a Cross Country ride on a Recumbent Tandem

3,451 miles (5,554 km) over 72 days from May 3, 2009 to July 13, 2009

Topic: Bicycle Touring  
Categories: Tour diaries, Equipment lists, Recumbent, Tandem, 1-3 months, USA Coast to Coast, Western Express, USA West to East
Year: 2009
Keywords: Camping, Western Express, Katy Trail, middle age, retired

Permalink: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/swett2009

Copyright © 2009-2014 By Marilyn Swett - (contact)

Status: Completed Jul 2009
Last update: Monday July 27, 2009 07:50 (US/Pacific) (edited Fri 18 Sep 2009 10:41 (US/Pacific))
84,987 hits since March 16, 2009 (hitcounts updated nightly)
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Found some nice folks at a picnic to take our picture and give us some extra water.


Table of Contents

Mid-Age Retirees Going Crazy
FAQs Pre Ride
Bike Equipment & How much it weighs: 134 pounds sans water
The Lists: Stuff and more stuff.......
Training: Don's Version - Snow interruptions
The Route
Getting Close: 3, 2, 1 weeks and counting the days
Day 1, San Francisco , CA to Lake Solano, CA: Nothing Like Starting in the Rain!
Day 2, Lake Solano , CA to West Sacramento KOA, CA: A short day
Day 3, West Sacramento , CA to Placerville, CA KOA: Ahhh! the foot hills begin
Day 4, Placerville, CA to Carson City, NV: Hop, Skip, Jump via Penske Truck Rental
Don's Thoughts about California: bicycling, camping, roads and whatever
Day 5, Carson City, NV to Fallon, NV: The Desert Appears
Day 6, Fallon, NV to Middlegate Station, NV: Watch out for low flying aircraft
Day 7, Middlegate Station to Austin: A day of history
Day 8, Austin to Eureka: Basin, Fault, Range, then repeat
Day 9, Eureka to Ely: An unexpected gift
Day 10, Off Day, but Ely KOA to Breakfast & Back: Sightseeing and laundry all via bicycle
Day 11, Ely to Baker, Nevada: We Survived the Loneliest Road in America
Don's Thoughts about Nevada: Gripes, Complaints, Complements
Day 12, Baker, NV to Milford,UT: A long day but a new state
Day 13, Milford to Cedar City, Utah: Longer and harder than expected
Day 14, Cedar City to Hatch, Utah: A Day of Thumbs
Day 15, Hatch to Cannonville, Utah: Hoodoos and fins today
Day 16, Cannonville to Escalante, Utah: Walking across Utah
Day 17, Off Day, Escalante, Utah: Really, an off day
Day 18, Escalante to Boulder,Utah: A river canyon and cliffs, and more walking!!
Day 19, Boulder to Torrey, Utah: A really BIG mountain
Day 20, Torrey to Hanksville, Utah: We pass through a reef, go to the moon and take a big detour
Don's Thoughts about Utah: Utah kicked out butts!
Hanksville, Utah to Denver, CO: An interrupted trip
Forced off Days: Denver, Co to Woodland Park to Leadville
Day 21, Leadville, CO to Salida, CO: On the road again, oh, it's good to be on the road again!
Day 22 Salida to Pueblo, CO: We leave the mountains behind
Day 23, Pueblo to Ordway, CO: Starting the plains
Day 24, Ordway to Eads, CO: Ranches and Farms
Day 25, Eads, CO to Tribune, KS: We enter Kansas - the land of Oz and Pies!
Day 26, Tribune to Dighton, KS: How flat is flat?
Don's Thoughts about Colorado: My home state
Day 27, Dighton to La Crosse, KS: The headwinds appear
Day 28, La Crosse to Larned, KS: A day off, sort of
Day 29, Larned to Hutchinson (Hutch), KS: A wildlife and wetlands scenic byway
Day 30, Easy day from Hutchinson to Newton: A day relaxing in a few graveyards
Day 31, Newton to Eureka, KS: A Day of Wind and Hills
Day 32, Eureka to Iola, KS: An easy day, starting to go off route
Day 33, Iola, KS to Butler, MO: Leaving Kansas Behind
Day 34, Butler to Clinton, MO: A taste of rain
Day 35, Clinton to Booneville, MO: Oops, misjudged the mileage
Day 36, Booneville to Hartsburg, MO: Flat, really flat
Day 37, Hartsburg to Hermann, MO: mots
Day 38, Hermann to St Louis, MO: Our last day on the Katy
Day 39, St Louis, MO to Alton, IL: A musical detour
Day 40, Alton, IL to St Louis, MO: A soggy ride back to MO
Day 41, St Louis, MO to Chester, IL: Back to Illinois we go
Day 42, Chester to Carbondale, IL: HOT & HUMID
Day 43, Carbondale to Golconda, IL: Hotter than Hot!
Day 44, Golconda, IL to Marion, KY: Another State, Similiar Hills
Day 45, Marion to Sebree, KY: Almost an Off day except for the Heat...but an Oasis at the end
Day 46, Sebree to Owensboro, KY: An "off "day put to good use.
Day 47, Owensboro to Rough River Dam State Park, KY: Early start to beat the heat
Don's thoughts on Kansas, Missouri, and Illinois: Better late than never
Day 48, Rough River Dam State Park to Elizabethtown, KY: A new time zone
Day 49, Elizabethtown to Bardstown, KY: A hop, skip and a jump
Day 50, Bardstown to Harrodsburg, KY: Back to a longer day
Day 51, Harrodsburg to Berea, KY: The Good, the Bad, and the Uh Oh!
Day 52, Berea, KY: A forced day off
Day 53, Berea to Manchester, KY: Back to climbing
Day 54, Manchester to Harlan, KY: A foggy, flatter day
Day 55, Harlan, KY to Big Stone Gap, VA: We survived KY and crossed into our last state - yea!!!
Day 56, Big Stone Gap to Abingdon, VA: A roller coaster of a day
Day 57, Abingdon to Wytheville, VA: An uneventful day, how nice to not have any surprises.
Day 58, Wytheville to Radford, VA: A tour of the Virginia countryside
Day 59, Radford to Roanoke, VA: Happy 4th of July!
Day 60, Roanoke to Natural Bridge, VA: 36 very wet miles
Day 61, Natural Bridge, VA: A day of pure relaxation
Day 62, Natural Bridge to Raphine, VA: We go off route and discover unexpected history
Day 63, Raphine to Charlottseville, VA: via the Blue Ridge Parkway
Day 64, Charlottesville to Little Page Inn near Mineral, VA: We visit a president's home and bike through a VA sunset
Day 65, Little Page Inn to Mechanicsville, VA: A long but very pleasant day
Day 66, Mechanicsville to near Charles City, VA: Exploring Civil War history
Day 67, Charles City to Williamsburg, VA: Going back to the 1600's
Day 68, Williamsburg to Yorktown, VA: Finally, we made it - from sea to shining sea!!
Don's Thoughts on Kentucky: The home of bourbon
Don's thoughts on Virginia: The final state
Trip Recap: Our last thoughts from the road


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