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Three Retirees Westbound on the TransAm


"Living the Dream!"

3,922 miles (6,312 km) over 87 days from April 26, 2011 to July 21, 2011

Topic: Bicycle Touring  
Categories: Events, Tour diaries, Cargo bikes, Equipment lists, 3-6 months, TransAmerica Trail, USA Coast to Coast, East to West, USA East to West
Locale: North America, United States
Year: 2011
Keywords: TransAm KATY Surly

Permalink: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/cnchunter2011

Copyright © 2011-2014 By Curtis Hunter - (contact)

Status: Completed Sep 2014
Last update: Wednesday September 17, 2014 15:24 (US/Pacific)
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Our motel in Clatskanie, Oregon, the Clatskanie River Inn. Very nice! Recommended.


Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Why: For the challenge and for Alzheimers Research
Tentative Schedule: Thanks, Don
The Route: Modified TransAmerica Bicycle Route
The Bike: Surly Long Haul Trucker
Before the Ride
      Crazyguy as a Resource: Tips from other riders
      Training: I'm ready, I'm ready!
      Equipment Testing and Packing List
      Guestbook: Drop me a line
      Day - 22: Last minute details
      Day - 17: Riding loaded
      Day - 3: A Send-Off Party
Virginia
      Day 1 - Yorktown to Jamestown: A good start
      Day 2 - Jamestown to Mechanicsville: The first real test
            Day 3 - Unexpected day off: Tornados!
      Day 4 - Mechanicsville to Mineral: Clear, beautiful start; cloudy, windy finish
      Day 5 - Mineral to Charlottesville: A wobbly bike and we try a different route
      Day 6 - Charlottesville to Afton: We meet the Cookie Lady
      Day 7 - Afton to Lexington: A day of climbing
      Day 8 - Lexington to Troutville: Front Derailleur Problems
      Day 9 - Troutville to Christiansburg: Don was right
            Day 10 - Rest Day in Christiansburg: Well, actually we worked on my bike
      Day 11 - Christiansburg to Wytheville: A hilly and windy day
      Day 12 - Wytheville to Chilhowie: We meet our first cross-country cyclists!
      Day 13 - Chilhowie to Rosedale: Tornado damage, a unique restaurant and climbing Hayter's Gap
      Day 14 - Rosedale to Breaks Interstate Park: Over Big A Mountain
            Day 15 - Rest Day: We rest and recoup at the Breaks
Kentucky
      Day 16 - Breaks Interstate Park to Bevinsville, KY: The friendly folks of Kentucky
      Day 17 - Bevinsville to Hazard: So that's why they call it Hazard (SR 80!)
      Day 18 - Hazard to Booneville, KY: Who let the dogs out?
      Day 19 - Booneville to Berea: The rain finally catches us
      Day 20 - Berea to Harrodsburg: No open restaurants for 46 miles!
            Day 21 - Rest day in Harrodsburg, KY: After five days of riding, we were ready!
      Day 22 - Harrodsburg to Bardstown: And nothing in between
      Day 23 - Bardstown to Elizabethtown (Sounds literary): A cool, rainy day ends at a motel
      Day 24 - Elizabethtown to the Feltus Family Farm, Caneyville: A day of exceeded expectations
      Day 25 - Caneyville to Utica: The best Fire Station I ever stayed at
      Day 26 - Utica to Sebree: Good old Baptist church food
Illinois
      Day 27 - Sebree, Ky to Harrisburg, Il: We enter our third state and reach 1,000 miles!
            Day 28 - Rest Day: A rainy day off
      Day 29 - Harrisburg to Chester: Our best riding day yet
      Day 30 - Chester to Columbia: Riding between two tornado watches
      Day 31 - Columbia, Il to St Louis, MO: We wade through East St Louis
Missouri
            Days 32 & 33 - Rest days and family gatherings
      Day 34 - St Louis to Marthasville: Stephen joins us for a few days
      Day 35 - Marthasville to Tebbetts: Reminds me of a Duane Eddy song: "40 Miles of Bad Road"
      Day 36 - Tebbetts to Boonville: Stephen completes 191 miles in three days
      Day 37 - Boonville to Sedalia: Rawhide, Scott Joplin and Orphan Trains
      Day 38 - Sedalia to Clinton: "I think he's older than us."
            Day 39 - Rest Day in Clinton
      Day 40 - Clinton, MO to Pleasanton, KS: We're in Kansas!
Kansas
      Day 41 - Pleasanton to Iola: We meet our first Coast-to-Coast cyclists.
      Day 42 - Iola to El Dorado: A town too far
      Day 43 - El Dorado to McPherson: 20-30 mph winds gusting to 40; 100 degree temperature.
      Day 44 - McPherson to Great Bend: A two-blowout day
            Day 45 - Rest Day in Great Bend: I veto today's ride
      Day 46 - Great Bend to Ness City: From 100 degrees to 56 degrees
      Day 47 - Ness City to Scott City: We get a cool day and a nice tailwind
      Day 48 - Scott City, KS to Sheridan Lake, CO: "We're not in Kansas Anymore, Toto"
Colorado
      Day 49 - Sheridan Lake to Eads: We camp in another church
      Day 50 - Eads to Ordway: "I scrubbed those potatos this morning and you didn't even eat the skins!"
      Day 51 - Ordway to Pueblo: We reach the half-way point
            Day 52 - Rest day in Pueblo
      Day 53 - Pueblo to Cañon City: A mile high
      Day 54 - Cañon City to Guffey: Camping at Bill's rustic garage
      Day 55 - Guffey to Fairplay: Forced off the road
            Day 56 - Snowed in: An unscheduled rest day
      Day 57 - Fairplay to Silverthorne: We cross Hoosier Pass
            Day 58 - Rest day: Williams reunion
      Day 59 - Silverthorne to Hot Sulphur Springs: A nice long downhill ride
      Day 60 - Hot Sulphur Springs to Walden: We see a moose and I eat three mosquitos
      Day 61 - Walden CO to Saratoga WY: We reach Wyoming, our seventh state
Wyoming
      Day 62 - Riverside to Rawlins: A short day before two long days
      Day 63 - Rawlins to Sweetwater Mormon Handcart Historical Site: Munched by mosquitoes
      Day 64 - Sweetwater to Lander: Biking through the Wind River Valley
            Day 65 - Rest Day in Lander
      Day 66 - Lander to Dubois: A nine hour climb along the Wind River Valley
      Day 67 - Dubois to Coulter Bay Campground: The Tetons!
      Day 68 - Coulter Bay to Grant Village Campground: Yellowstone!
      Day 69 - Grant Village to West Yellowstone: Old Faithful and We Reach Montana!
Montana
      Day 70 - West Yellowstone to Ennis: A scenic 72 mile ride
      Day 71 - Ennis to Dillon: A very good sixth day and we reach 3,000 miles
            Day 72 - Rest Day in Dillon
      Day 73 - Dillon to Jackson: We climb two passes
      Day 74 - Jackson to Darby: A beautiful ride over Chief Joseph Pass and along the Bitterroot River
      Day 75 - Darby to Lolo Hot Springs: An easy 55, followed by a difficult 25
Idaho
      Day 76 - Lolo Hot Springs to Lowell, Idaho: Sensory overload
      Day 77 - Lowell to Orofino, Idaho: From the Lochsa to the Clearwater River
Washington
      Day 78 - Orofino, Idaho to Clarkston, Washington: We reach our tenth state
            Day 79 - Rest Day in Clarkston: Lewis and Clark schedule attached
      Day 80 - Clarkston to Walla Walla: A century on a loaded bike!
Oregon
      Day 81 - Walla Walla, Washington to Umatilla, Oregon: Our eleventh state
      Day 82 - Umatilla, Oregon to West Roosevelt, Washington: We camp with the Indians and the Columbia River kite-sailers
      Day 83 - West Roosevelt, Washington to Hood River, Oregon: 70 miles after a sleepless night
            Day 84 - A rest day in Hood River
      Day 85 - Hood River to Portland, Oregon: Riding through an enchanted forest
      Day 86 - Portland to Clatskanie: The most bike-friendly city in America
      Day 87 - Clatskanie to Seaside: A dream realized
After the ride
      Day 87 + 1: Rest day in Seaside
      Day 87 + 2: We drive to Portland
      Day 87 + 3: Homeward bound
      Map of the Ride
      Alzheimer's Donation Status: Thanks to all who contributed!


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