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Bikecentennial '76
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Are there any other Bikecentennial veterans out there? I rode the trail from Astoria, Oregon to Jackson, Wyoming in 1976. There with 9 of us, strangers all at the beginning of the trip. We were mostly young then, but we did have a 60 year-old with us. Two of the group fell in love on the trip and got married a year later, making for a reunion opportunity for the rest of us. We've kept in touch all these years as it was one of those life-defining experiences for us. If you've got a Bikecentennial story I'd love to hear it.

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posted 6/24/2005
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Are there any other Bikecentennial veterans out there? I rode the trail from Astoria, Oregon to Jackson, Wyoming in 1976.
-- posted by twinrox


I'm not a Bikecentennial vet but my biking history traces back to the 70's with DALMAC. My sister, however, did the Bikecentennial and got married to a Dutchman who rode the trip with her.

My wife and I tandem-toured the Icefields Parkway Bikecentennial route (before Bikecentennial became Adventure Cycling). Those were the days.

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posted 6/24/2005
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I set up part of the route from central Missouri through Southern Illinios and Kentucky.

I did not ride it in 1976 (as I was in Germany), but rode part of the survey ride in 1975 with Jim and Linda Richardson. Best yet, some of the orginal signs are still up; that is the 76 ones!!!!

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posted 4/23/2012
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I rode Bikecentennial, June 1976, Astoria to Yorktown, as a solo rider. Some of the best memories of my life !!

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posted 4/23/2012
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I did not ride it in 1976 (as I was in Germany), but rode part of the survey ride in 1975 with Jim and Linda Richardson.
-- posted by MajorDave

Hey Major Dave, I was also in Germany in 1976! Wildflecken Kaserne, 54th Engineer Batallion. I called that place home for nearly 4 years. I had a decent old utility bike and pedaled all over the place in in our local area (northeast part of Bavaria) and many other parts of Germany (aka bicycle paradise). I missed out on BikeCentennial here in the USA.

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posted 4/23/2012
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I'm a 76'er, but we were "independents". My friend and I left from home in California the day after High School graduation. We went more or less straight east and joined the Bikecentennial route in Colorado. Arrived in Yorktown, VA 62 days after we set out. A few days in DC, a week at home and then off to college. Also some of my best memories. Lots of strangers really extended themselves for us.

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posted 4/23/2012
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We have a 76er, Barbara, a Vice-President in our OHPV (Oregon Human Powered Vehicles) group here in Portland. She just started riding a socked Gold Rush recumbent this last weekend!

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posted 4/25/2012
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I live nearby Route 76 and am always happy to see cross-country travelers. Just last week I saw the first two of the season, heading west from Yorktown, which is 150 miles to the east of my hometown by car.

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posted 4/25/2012
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-- posted by twinrox

I'm not a Bikecentennial vet but my biking history traces back to the 70's with DALMAC.
-- posted by spencerjack

I'm not a Bikecentennial vet either - I spent most of the summer of 1976 in 'A' school in the Navy, where my bike was my main transportation. But I am a 24-year veteran of DALMAC.

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posted 4/26/2012
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I was 13 in 1976. I can only imagine how my life would have been different if one you guys had taken me with you on that epic ride....

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posted 4/26/2012
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One of my favorite memories was eating like crazy. RaleighDon will love this: we tried to get pie ala mode everywhere we went and usually succeeded. We'd eat an entire box of cereal for breakfast, a half gallon of ice cream for snacks, stuff like that. Not to mention the steady flow of chocolate bars. I still lost 40 lbs. Nutrition wasn't our strongest suit!

Our budget was $10/day each. That was for everything: food, lodging, repairs, etc. The lion's share went to food. Most of our lodging was free - either staying at people's homes or sleeping in the park or at churches. Sometimes the "bike inns" (places prearranged by Bikecentennial) charged a nominal fee of $1 or $2 to stay in someplace like a college dorm. Our big splurge was a hotel in Steamboat Springs for 4th of July, and it was a whopping $8/nt which we split three ways after connecting with another independent.

About half way across I started breaking rear spokes. Luckily someone showed us a trick how to use an 8" crescent wrench and "kick" the freewheel off. I had plenty of practice. I could replace a spoke and re-true the wheel in about 10 minutes.

Our longest day was 123 miles. The average 60 something. We had 6 rest days, including one where I was sick to my stomach after some guy bought us too many drinks the night before. Our bikes were fully loaded with sleeping bag, tent, cook stove, pans, clothes, and our stash of travelers checks. We had designated a few Post Offices along the route and got letters from home sent general delivery. Our parents had huge reservations about us taking this trip, and insisted we phone home every other day. Dimes dropped into the slot on a pay phone in the middle of nowhere.
post edited on 4/28/2012 at 8:24:46 PM
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