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Title: Wish I was there
Post by: mucknort on July 01, 2009, 05:39:48 pm
I'm looking forward to reading posts from the first bikecentenniel. I was 16 at the time and tried to convince my parents to let me go on this ride, to no avail. :(
Title: Re: Wish I was there
Post by: staehpj1 on July 07, 2009, 11:44:25 am
I hope some folks post their experiences.  I wanted to go, but it didn't work out.  I finally rode the route (now the Trans America) in 2007 with my daughter and a friend.
Title: Re: Wish I was there
Post by: GAmado on July 23, 2009, 03:39:31 am
I'm proud to say I was there--for the Carbondale, IL to Lexington, KY portion.  I'm looking forward to watching this forum topic and plan to post some of my slides (remember them) to the flicker portion.  I hope to run across some of my fellow tourers from way back in '76.  I now wish I had kept contact with some of them. 

Title: Re: Wish I was there
Post by: bigK12603 on August 20, 2009, 05:05:00 pm
I was there too - during ACA's 30th aniversary in '06 the focus was on the long distance trans am groups but Bikecentenial had broken up the trans am route - then called the "Trans America Trail" into shorter triips doing sections of the much longer TAT - some of those sponsored trips were suported with a "sag" vehicle (I think they were Datsun PU trucks with tops) I did the Virginia section from Yorktown to Waynsboro - they called this section "Colonial Virginia - I think the official designation was CVE618 - I think the numbers are correct - I had sort of kept in contact with at least some of my CVE group through the mid '80's - I had met some tour group members at several of those GEAR rallies - GEAR '79 was hosted by the club of one of my tour group - the Potomic Wheelmen and it was there I had re-united with John Renninger (I think that is how his name is spelt) I had taken the Amtrak train to DC then rode to Harisonburg VA for the rally - it was at this rally I had sort of met albeit briefly,Fred DeLong

it was on a biz trip a few years latter on my way down to FL with the company van - I had stoped outside DC and gave John Renninger a call - next thing you know he was inviting me to stay at the bsmnt apt./rec area of his relatively new house! I tried to tell him I was on a biz trip and I could stay at the Watergate if I wanted to - the company was paying - John is therefore the only member of that group I still remember - I had unfortunately lost all of my contact info for the group and have not been in contact

one member of the group was from LI NY - he was the oldest at like 70? so I am afraid he has passed - the youngest member at 16 would be not quite 50 - John Renninger would have to be in his upper 70's? by now and me? well....  I am now well into my middle age "geezerhood"

I did not actualy meet the now famous "cookie lady" but I think other members of my group did - I think the group got split on the climb and I was in the lead group - the KOM group as it were
Title: Re: Wish I was there
Post by: Ocean on November 13, 2009, 04:30:43 pm
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Title: Re: Wish I was there
Post by: CoveredBridgeCyclery on November 17, 2009, 12:14:34 am
I hired a guy this summer who rode the whole thing - Jim Born.

He doesn't play on the computer much, so I don't expect him to show up here.  He told some amazing stories about the trip, though.
Title: Re: Wish I was there
Post by: staehpj1 on November 25, 2009, 07:39:13 am
I'm proud to say I was there--for the Carbondale, IL to Lexington, KY portion.  I'm looking forward to watching this forum topic and plan to post some of my slides (remember them) to the flicker portion.  I hope to run across some of my fellow tourers from way back in '76.  I now wish I had kept contact with some of them. 


Did the route originally go through Lexington?  When we did the TA in 2007 we went through farther south in Berea.  Is there a map available anywhere that shows the original Bikecentennial route?  I would be curious how it differed from the current TA.
Title: Re: Wish I was there
Post by: B on November 27, 2009, 08:37:33 pm
I was there, and it surely was a unique and unforgettable experience.  For me it was perfect timing, falling between school and my first job.  For many others I'm sure it was the same as my age group seemed to dominate the Bikecentennial population.  Our group (TAWK525) left Reedsport, Oregon on May 25th and arrived in Yorktown, Virginia 80 days later.  We were a camping group and began with most of us pitching a tent each night.  Eventually most of us resorted to sleeping under the stars sans tents.  One or two members of our group (Steve Levine?) didn't even bring a tent and they converted us to that lifestyle.  I have a journal (Summer Fun) on the crazyguyonabike website that tells the story of that summer as seen from my perspective.  Sadly, I've lost contact with most of our group.  I'd love to re-connect with the others and trade strories from '76.  Does anyone know these people and their whereabouts??  Michael A Lai (San Francisco, CA), Nancy Burkholder (Wooster, OH), Gerald T. Munchel (Greensburg, IN), Bob Ceasar (San Diego, CA), Steve Levine (San Juan, CA), Mike Smith (Crystal Lake, IL) and Scott J. Edwards (San Francisco, CA).  Cities listed are the towns these people called home in 1976.  Although I was there, I too, am very anxious to hear the experiences of others.
Title: Re: Wish I was there
Post by: CMajernik on November 30, 2009, 01:01:05 pm
The original 1976 route did not go through Lexington, KY - it has always gone through Berea. I looked at the trip offerings from 76 in the archives here at the ACA office and the trip I think GAmado is referring to was from St. Genevieve, MO to Berea, KY. Carbondale and Lexington were the 2 closest largest cities to those towns.

There are some maps here in Missoula but I don't know of anything online that shows the original 76 route. Amazingly, for its length, we have changed less than 150 miles of the route. There are short sections in VA, KY, IL. MO and KS that have been re-routed. The 2 biggest adjustments have been in CO and OR. In CO the route between Walden and Kremmling was changed, and in OR there is a new route between Eugene and Florence (which was always the shortcut to get to the coast) though the route officially began/begins in Astoria.
Title: Re: Wish I was there
Post by: staehpj1 on December 01, 2009, 07:56:11 am
The original 1976 route did not go through Lexington, KY - it has always gone through Berea. I looked at the trip offerings from 76 in the archives here at the ACA office and the trip I think GAmado is referring to was from St. Genevieve, MO to Berea, KY. Carbondale and Lexington were the 2 closest largest cities to those towns.

There are some maps here in Missoula but I don't know of anything online that shows the original 76 route. Amazingly, for its length, we have changed less than 150 miles of the route. There are short sections in VA, KY, IL. MO and KS that have been re-routed. The 2 biggest adjustments have been in CO and OR. In CO the route between Walden and Kremmling was changed, and in OR there is a new route between Eugene and Florence (which was always the shortcut to get to the coast) though the route officially began/begins in Astoria.
Interesting, thanks.  I would have guessed that it had changed more.
Title: Re: Wish I was there
Post by: Marty5 on January 19, 2010, 12:40:57 pm
Hello, I was there but it was 1980. Started on the VA coast in April and yep, met June Currie 'The Cookie Lady' and have pics (slides) of her and her dad standing with our bikes. From there we went through to Kansas City.  My two friends and I decided to take an Amtrak across Kansas, weren't looking forward to the headwinds. Got off the train in La Junta, CO, got back on the bikes and decide to re-route to go along the front side of the Collegiate range in CO. Ever-so much more scenic and some beautiful camping! Got to the Tetons in WY. There we went rock climbing for two weeks (staying at The Climbers Ranch outside Jackson Hole). The plan was to wait for a pre-packed van we had left with a friend on the east coast. They drove it out to meet us in the Tetons. From there we drove to the west coast, and on the way stopped to pick apples in WA state for the Fall season. Dipped my hands and feet in the Pacific Ocean near Seattle. Spent the winter x-c skiing in Winthrop,WA. Oh, the stories I could tell. What an adventure at 26!
Marty5 (aka Sharon K.)
Title: Re: Wish I was there
Post by: manikertamang on March 15, 2010, 09:43:36 pm
As I have not been to bikecentennial but I have taken part in mountain biking. I think bikecentennial is also as exciting as mountain biking. Mountain biking is one of the famous sport event held in Nepal every year.

I have heard about bikecentennial but not got chance to take part. And I wish to make my reservation next time in bikecentennial. So, if any one know when to make reservation, please let me know.

thank you,
Maniker Tamang
Title: Re: Wish I was there
Post by: hoosher on March 23, 2010, 11:42:42 pm
I was on the May 1976 inaugural ride of the Colonial Virginia west to east route. Our leader was John Rakowski, who had just finished riding around the world. I lost touch with the group members, but I remember most of their names: Barry and Deb, Martha and Carol; Sandy, Ed and their 11 yr old son Mike. It was an awesome adventure for a 19 year old girl. I only wish it had lasted longer!
Title: Re: Wish I was there
Post by: dillbike on April 11, 2010, 08:32:29 pm
I was there. I rode from Radford VA to Williamsburg. It was my first of many bike adventures. I had a great time other than the heat. Our leader was Allison French an Aussie. I don't remember the names of the other riders. I can remember leading a breakfast rebellion. Allison was a nuts and berries type eater and I complained that I couldn't bike with that type of food. After the revolt we ate a little better. We also appointed one of our female riders who I believe was from Atlanta as our official local liaison  since some of the local storekeepers were still in civil war mode plus we yankees couldn't understand them anyway. Just last year I drove from the Skyline Drive down to Vesuvius. I couldn't believe that I rode up that hill with full packs on a bike with no granny. That tour led to a lifetime of cycling for which I will be forever grateful.
Title: Re: Wish I was there
Post by: GAmado on April 18, 2010, 03:05:04 am
I know I started in Carbondale, IL.! I took Amtrak from Chicago down to Southern Illinois Univ. in Carbondale where the first night was spent in a dorm.  As for Lexington, I remember distinctly bicycling into the bluegrass country of horse farms with those beautiful barns, mansions and white fences surrounding everything.    By the way, are there any records left of the members of various tours in '76?  I sure would like to track down some of the members of my group.   GAmado.
  
Title: Re: Wish I was there
Post by: 1gewb702g on June 28, 2010, 06:21:30 pm
I was there in 1976.  My username is my trip code from that trip.  For those that don't know the codes, it means that I was a member of a Golden Spokes East tour group, starting in the west and riding east and we were a bike-in (as opposed to camping) group and our first day was July 2.  Actually July 2 would have been the shakedown ride in Pueblo, CO and we actually left on July 3.  We ended up in Yorktown, VA at Camp Chickahominy. Oh, what a wet & muddy field that place was. It probably was nice when it didn't rain.
The other Golden Spokes rides (that those that started in Yorktown and went to Pueblo and those that started in Astoria, OR and went to Pueblo) carried Golden Spokes which were assembled into a wheel by the time the summer was over.  At least that was the game plan.  I don't know if they actually had enough spokes to do it.  You should know that there were plans for 10,000 cyclists that summer.  By the time it was all over, only 4100 cyclists rode all or part of it.
My group has 2 pictures on the full history page (http://www.adventurecycling.org/whoweare/historylong.cfm)of the ACA website.  The leader and Bob are the 2 sharing the water bottle.  The middle photo with all the riders riding 2-abreast is also from our group.  Dan Burden shot those photos.  I'm riding the white line, 2nd rider, counting from the rear.

I had so much fun that I decided that I would do the whole enchilada 4 years later when I would graduate from college.  And I did.  And let me tell you: if your tour starts with a bang, it could be because Mt. St. Helens erupted.  Yep, my 1980 trans am ride got started on Friday, the 13th of June when the volcano erupted for the second time that year.

If it didn't cost so much to have slides scanned, I'd have done it already.  And don't say to do it myself, as I have slides from the 2 trips, and to get a good scan takes a number of minutes per slide.  Plus I don't own a good slide scanner.
Title: Re: Wish I was there
Post by: bigK12603 on July 20, 2010, 02:25:10 pm
to hoosher - wow! I don't think I remember and / or having been told by John Rakowski that he led a Bikecentenial group - he may have mentioned that but I may have forgotten - I should explain that I had lived in NJ just a few relatively short miles from Middletown NJ where he had lived - I did not know of John Rakowski at the time I did my Colonial Virginia trip east to west in June of the same year - 1 month after your trip

John Rakowski was my "mentor" my "Obi Wan" for bicycle touring
Title: Re: Wish I was there
Post by: jblodgett on August 27, 2010, 01:36:15 pm
I was there in 1976.  I rode from Astoria to Denver before I ran out of time (had to get to graduate school).  I did it as an independent and alternated between camping and Bike Inns.  I did the whole route from VA to OR in 1996 with my wife.  We also did the entire GDMBR in its inaugural year (1998).  I intend to do both routes again when I retire in a couple of years.
Title: Re: Wish I was there
Post by: terminustom on December 20, 2010, 06:20:17 pm
I was the assitant leader on TAWB523.  We left from Reedsport, OR on May 23.  It was a "Bike Inn" group with sheltered place to stay each night.  Meaning, we didn't have to carry a tent and cooking gear.  What a wonderful trip for a 17/18 year old! Still riding today.  Is there anyone out there from this group?
Title: Re: Wish I was there
Post by: twinrox on January 20, 2011, 02:33:38 pm
I was there AND we had a reunion 29 years later.  It took some time to look up all the names and track them down via the Internet, but, for those of you who are expressing interest in finding your group members, it can be done.  i found my group members via www.switchboard.com .   In 1976 we rode from Astoria to Jackson Hole utilizing the Bike Inns.  Then we got together two years later in Virginia when Dick and Betsy got married, but then we all went our separate ways.  When we got together iin Kittery Point, Maine, in 2005, we all found that the 1976 trip had been a life changing, unforgetable experience for all of us.  Our ride was 5 weeks and 1,746 miles.  Only one of us had touring experience. the rest of us weren't even sure we could complete a tour, but all of us did.  Hardly a day goes by when i don't think about the journey.  i have my Bikecentennial certificate of completion framed, with our group photo taken in Astoria, hanging here in my office.  We ranged in age from 16 to 60, there were 6 guys and 3 girls. we got along beautifully.  what a time it was.  what a trip it was !!!  i am so thankful to Dan and Liz Burden, and the others who put Bikecentennial together.   
Title: Re: Wish I was there
Post by: mucknort on February 25, 2011, 11:17:33 am
If it didn't cost so much to have slides scanned, I'd have done it already.  And don't say to do it myself, as I have slides from the 2 trips, and to get a good scan takes a number of minutes per slide.  Plus I don't own a good slide scanner.
Slide scanners keep getting cheaper and easier to use:

http://www.amazon.com/Epson-B11B193081-Epson-Perfection-V300-Photo-Color-Scanner-Black/dp/B001GBKTGM/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1298650367&sr=1-2
 
http://www.amazon.com/Wolverine-Digital-Converter-2-4-Inch-TV-Out/dp/B002TKMG92/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1298650367&sr=1-1

http://www.amazon.com/Ion-Audio-SLIDES-Negative-Converter/dp/B001DCGMR4
Title: Re: Wish I was there
Post by: Jabez on January 25, 2013, 04:14:08 pm
Just found this site.
I rode from Reedspoint, OR to Yorktown, VA in 76
TAWB523
A few years ago i was abe to drive back over the route from Baker City, OR to Reedsport.
I could not believe I had done this trip GREAT memories

Rick
Title: Re: Wish I was there
Post by: Jabez on January 25, 2013, 04:21:51 pm
Hey,
I was in TAWB523...been looking for those in this group
My name is Rick
Who is this?
Title: Re: Wish I was there
Post by: gnilier on March 27, 2017, 04:40:18 pm
The original 1976 route did not go through Lexington, KY - it has always gone through Berea. I looked at the trip offerings from 76 in the archives here at the ACA office and the trip I think GAmado is referring to was from St. Genevieve, MO to Berea, KY. Carbondale and Lexington were the 2 closest largest cities to those towns.

There are some maps here in Missoula but I don't know of anything online that shows the original 76 route. Amazingly, for its length, we have changed less than 150 miles of the route. There are short sections in VA, KY, IL. MO and KS that have been re-routed. The 2 biggest adjustments have been in CO and OR. In CO the route between Walden and Kremmling was changed, and in OR there is a new route between Eugene and Florence (which was always the shortcut to get to the coast) though the route officially began/begins in Astoria.
Interesting, thanks.  I would have guessed that it had changed more.

I was there we were 1tawk526 leaving Reedsport, Oregon not Astoria, so I do believe that the trail started in Reedsport way back in 1976, so that part has also changed.