« Last post by Awolcycling on May 21, 2016, 08:20:35 pm »
My boyfriend and I are starting to plan our Transamerica trip for next summer, 2017. We've been cycling for several years now with various weekend groups in our area. We're familiar with cycling on streets with cars and trying our best to follow the rules of the road to stay safe. Over the next year we're going to practice our touring skills/conditioning. The aspects of touring will be new to us, but we're looking forward to the challenge and the experience of the trip.
Most of the blogs and experiences we come across in our research are super positive and don't mention this aspect of the trip (the subject of this post). Maybe it's like having a baby, you just kind of forget the pain afterward. We're only curious/anxious because a couple years ago I was involved in a hit and run accident. I was out for a Thursday afternoon ride in an area I'd never rode before. I had reach out to a local cycle group in an area I was in for work and they suggested the route. Traffic wasn't bad at all on the road. Last thing I remember is going up a small hill, my Garmin confirms it showing I was going 10 mph, and next thing I know I come to and there are a couple people over me seeing if I’m ok and telling me the ambulance was on its way. I have no recollection of what happened. Without all the dramatic details, I went to the right kind of people for my recovery and within a year I was riding again. They even helped me get over it mentally but now we know firsthand it happens. Before this, I felt invincible when I rode, I followed the rules and I was a good cyclist. That's a feeling I can't get back.
We'd like to get a heads up on any roads that veteran TransAmerica travelers have experienced drivers were openly aggressive, or roads that made you feel nervous about while riding. I've only come across one blog post from last summer, 2015, where someone threw a bottle at a girl in her young 20s riding with a group going cross country, and on the same road had a motorist pull to the side and verbally assault her until she pulled out her cell phone and said she was calling the police. She was on her way to Dillion Montana when this happened. She said others in her group also experienced hostel drivers in this part of the trip.
Stories won't scare us away from our trip. We just want to be aware of areas we might want to get an extra early start or maybe find an alternate route. Honestly when I heard this Girl's story, I told my boyfriend we'll just take the bus through that part of the trip if we have too. I don't need that kind of experience so early in the trip. And missing a 100 miles won't make me feel inadequate about our accomplishment at the end.
I do want to mention that we do understand there are a lot of other hazardous out there, inclement weather, road conditions, our mental state/distraction, judgement calls, etc. And not all incidents are a drivers fault.
So after that disclaimer, any feedback would be really amazing. If you didn't have any negative experiences with drivers during your trip, your response is also greatly appreciated.