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Biking Across America


Riding the Trans Am - Westbound

4,458 miles (7,174 km) over 129 days from May 19, 2011 to September 24, 2011

Topic: Bicycle Touring  
Categories: Tour diaries, 3-6 months, Lewis & Clark Trail, TransAmerica Trail, East to West
Locale: North America, United States
Year: 2011

Permalink: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/Mikenjoan2011

Copyright © 2011-2014 By Mike Weingarten and Joan Thomas - (contact)

Status: Completed Oct 2011Featured Journal #474
Last update: Wednesday October 26, 2011 12:29 (US/Pacific) (edited Fri 4 Jan 2013 03:59 (US/Pacific))
180,380 hits since January 30, 2011 (hitcounts updated nightly)
2,086 pics


Table of Contents

Introduction

            Winter Dreams
            About the TransAmerica Route
            Charitable Causes
            Frequently Asked Questions
            Getting Around on this Website: Contacting us via the Guestbook

Preparations

            Testing, Testing ....
            Challenges Before We Start: As the countdown clock ticks
            Hopeful Signs of Progress
            The Doctor Weighs In
            Knock on Wood
            Shakedown Trip #1, and Another Update: Revisiting Parts of the Underground Railroad
            Shakedown Trip #2: And a round birthday
            Ticket to Ride: The Trip is On!

The Trip

      Enroute to the Start
      Trans Am Eve: A sightseeing ride through Colonial Virginia

      Virginia

            Day 1: Yorktown, VA to Jamestown, VA: We're under way!
            Day 2: Jamestown, VA to Glendale, VA
            Day 3: Glendale, VA to Mechanicsville, VA
            Day 4: Mechanicsville, VA to Mineral, VA
            Day 5: Mineral, VA to Charlottesville, VA (almost): Tough day, & wondering what will follow
            Day 6: Off Day in Charlottesville, VA
            Day 7: Charlottesville, VA to Afton, VA: Visiting with a Legend
            Day 8: Afton, VA to Lexington, VA
            Day 9: Lexington, VA to Troutville, VA: Nice riding with a new friend
            Day 10: Troutville, VA to Christiansburg, VA: Successful Completion of a Milestone
            Day 11: Off Day in Eggleston
            Days 12-15: Off the route: Temporary Pause to Our Trip
            Day 16; Off the route: Progress toward Getting Back on the Road
            Days 17-22: Off the route: We're heading back to the road!
                  An Aside: Musings from Joan
            Day 23: Christiansburg, VA to Wytheville, VA: Picking up from where we left off
            Day 24: Wytheville, VA to Troutdale, VA: Turning a rough start into a good day
            Day 25: Troutdale, VA to Damascus, VA: Confluence of hikers & bikers
            Day 26: Damascus, VA to Rosedale, VA: Traveling with companions again
            Day 27: Rosedale, VA to The Breaks Interstate Park: Tough day, luxury at the end

      Kentucky

            Day 28: The Breaks to Hindman, KY: Long & eventful day, and another good ending
            Day 29: Hindman, KY to Buckhorn, KY: Battling the roads in coal country
                  An Aside: Dog Intervention Strategies
            Day 30: Buckhorn, KY to Booneville, KY: Half day to travel, half day to experience Eastern KY
            Day 31: Booneville, KY to Berea, KY
            Day 32: Berea, KY to Harrodsburg, KY: Final day of "Phase 2"
            Days 33-35: Off the route: The car's home, and we're heading back to the road!
                  An Aside: The joys of bike touring remembered
            Day 36: Cincinnati to Harrodsburg, KY to Bardstown, KY: Back on the road again, again
            Day 37: Bardstown, KY to Hodgenville, KY: Spending the night where Abe was born.... literally!
            Day 38: Hodgenville, KY to Falls of Rough Dam State Park: A good day, a wet ending
            Day 39: Falls of Rough Campground to Utica, KY: Sometimes you just gotta get going
            Day 40: Utica, KY to Sebree, KY: Biking fellowship rediscovered
            Day 41: Sebree, KY to Cave In Rock, IL

      Illinois

            Day 42: Cave In Rock, IL to Harrisburg, IL: Changing the route for a reason
            Day 43: Harrisburg, IL to Carbondale, IL: Passing the time for expediency
            Day 44: Carbondale, IL -- Rest Day: Just what an off day is supposed to be!
            Day 45: Carbondale, IL to Chester, IL: Mississippi Flooding -- the devastation and the life that comes with it.
            Day 46: Chester, IL to Columbia, IL: Best laid plans changed for the best
            Day 47: Columbia, IL to St. Louis, MO: Happy Fourth of July!!!

      Missouri

            Day 48: St. Louis, MO to Florissant, MO: Trying to leave the Big City
            Day 49: Florissant, MO to Marthasville, MO: Onto the Katy Trail
            Day 50: Marthasville, MO to Hermann, MO: Rain-shortened day, spending the night in "Germany"!
            Day 51: Hermann, MO to Hartsburg, MO: Friday on the Trail, Friday night in town
            Day 52: Hartsburg, MO to Pilot Grove, MO: Leaving the Missouri behind
            Day 53: Pilot Grove, MO to Clinton, MO: Completing the Katy
            Day 54: Clinton, MO: Taking a day off
            Day 55: Clinton, MO to Drexel, MO: Blazing our own trail

      Kansas

            Day 56: Drexel, MO to Williamsburg, KS: Somewhere over the rainbow
            Day 57: Williamsburg, KS to Emporia, KS: Deeper into Kansas
            Day 58: Emporia, KS to Cassoday, KS: Impressive views, tough day, and now back on the Trans Am
            Day 59: Cassoday, KS to Newton, KS: Newton Kindness
            Day 60: Newton, KS to Nickerson, KS: Pay it forward
            Day 61: Nickerson, KS to Larned, KS: Grinding through the heat wave
            Day 62: Larned, KS: Taking an off day
            Day 63: Larned, KS to Ness City, KS: Tale of three winds
            Day 64: Ness City, KS to Scott City, KS: Distances are deceiving, but all ends well with some county fair fun
            Day 65: Scott City, KS to Tribune, KS: Friends in Leoti
            Day 66: Tribune, KS to Eads, CO: Not a building, not a tree

      Colorado

            Day 67: Eads, CO to Ordway, CO: Even more remote
            Day 68: Ordway, CO to Pueblo, CO: Anticipation
            Day 69: Pueblo, CO: Taking an off day
            Day 70: Pueblo, CO to Cañon City, CO: The Day of the Big Sky
            Day 71: Cañon City, CO to Guffey, CO: Starting the big climb, ending the day in the oddest of places!
            Day 72: Guffey, CO to Fairplay, CO: Up in the mountains, taking shelter from the storm
            Day 73: Fairplay, CO to Frisco, CO: On top of the Trans Am, and on top of the world!
            Day 74: Frisco, CO to Kremmling, CO: Difficult riding, and difficult "goodbyes"
            Day 75: Kremmling, CO to Granby, CO: Rendezvous
            Day 76 & 77: Family Time in Loveland, CO: Taking a couple of rest days
            Day 78: Granby, CO to Walden, CO: Back on the road in the "Moose Capital"
            Day 79: Walden, CO to Saratoga, WY: Wyoming Wind Machine

      Wyoming

            Day 80: Saratoga, WY to Rawlins, WY: A mix of back roads and Interstate highways
            Day 81: Rawlins, WY to Jeffrey City, WY: Deeper into Wyoming
            Day 82: Jeffrey City, WY to Lander, WY: A good ride, but a pain in the ......
            Day 83: Lander, WY: Taking an Off Day
            Day 84: Lander, WY to Dubois, WY: Longest day yet
            Day 85: Dubois, WY to Colter Bay, WY: Grand Teton National Park!!
            Day 86: Colter Bay, WY: Taking an off day
            Day 87: Colter Bay, WY to Grant Village, WY: From the Tetons to Yellowstone
            Day 88: Grant Village, WY to West Yellowstone, MT: More Yellowstone, Old Faithful, & Montana

      Montana

            Day 89: West Yellowstone, MT: Getting our package, and a day off in tourist-town, USA.
            Day 90: West Yellowstone, MT to Ennis, MT: Earthquake zone still tells its story
            Day 91: Ennis, MT to Twin Bridges, MT: Historic mining towns, and a nice end-of-day welcome
            Day 92: Twin Bridges, MT to Dillon, MT: The longest, hardest “short, easy” day
            Day 93: Dillon, MT to Jackson, MT: Day of challenge turns into a "Vacation within a vacation"
            Day 94: Jackson, MT to Sula, MT: The Wild Kingdom, and more.
            Day 95: Sula, MT to Stevensville, MT: To the doorstep of Missoula
            Day 96: Stevensville, MT to Missoula, MT: "Coming home to a place we've never been before."
            Days 97 - 103: Off days and Off the Route: Time in Missoula & a Trip to Washington, D.C.
            Day 104: Missoula, MT to Lolo, MT: Missoula goodbyes, & back on the road
            Day 105: Lolo, MT to Powell, ID: Over the pass, and into the valley

      Idaho

            Day 106: Powell, ID to Lowell, ID: The beautiful Lochsa, and the race against the sun
            Day 107: Lowell, ID to Grangeville, ID: Up out of the river valley
            Day 108: Grangeville, ID to Riggins, ID: White Bird Hill & the Salmon River – a top-10 day!
            Day 109: Riggins, ID to New Meadows, ID: Ride in the morning, and an afternoon with a friend
            Day 110: New Meadows, ID to Cambridge, ID: Negotiating holiday traffic
            Day 111: Cambridge, ID to Oxbow, OR: Descending into Hell's Canyon

      Oregon

            Day 112: Oxbow, OR to Richland, OR: Climbing out of Hell's Canyon
            Day 113: Richland, OR to Baker City, OR: A rattlesnake, a "trail angel", and an old friend at the end of the road
            Day 114: Baker City, OR: Taking an off day / Big Plans, and Big News
            Day 115: Baker City, OR to Austin Junction, OR: Back on the road in Eastern Oregon
            Day 116: Austin Junction, OR to Dayville, OR: Enjoying the day, but remembering the past
            Day 117: Dayville, OR to Mitchell, OR: Journey Through Time
            Day 118: Mitchell, OR to Prineville, OR: Last day with our latest riding buddies
            Day 119: Prineville, OR to Sisters, OR: Goodbyes in the morning, wonderful hospitality in the evening
            Day 120: Sisters, OR to Nimrod, OR: McKenzie Pass and River wonders
            Day 121: Nimrod, OR to Coburg, OR: Of fish and trucks
            Day 122: Coburg, OR to Rickreall, OR & Salem, OR: A rendezvous with family
            Day 123: Salem, OR / Rickreall, OR to Rose Lodge, OR: Cold, rain, traffic, and "The Pull"
            Day 124: Rose Lodge, OR to Pacific City, OR: An emotional meeting with the "other sea"
            Days 125 & 126: Pacific City: Laying low
            Day 127: Pacific City, OR to Tillamook, OR: SURPRISE!!!!!
            Day 128: Tillamook, OR to Cannon Beach, OR: Family time continues, one day from the end
            Day 129: Cannon City, OR to Astoria, OR: WE MADE IT!!!
            Epilogue: Return to Astoria, "Kissing" the water

      Finishing Touches

                  An Aside: Politics and Biking Across America: Some non-partisan reflections
            Recap: Bike Equipment & Packing Summary: What we used, what we took, how it worked out
            Recap: Ride Statistics
            Recap: Trip Costs
            Closing Thoughts: Joan's Reflections
            Closing Thoughts: Mike's Reflections


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