Adventure Cycling Association , founded in 1974, is a resource
offering many programs for cyclists, including a national network
of bicycle touring routes and organized trips. The TransAmerica
trail, their original route, is still the greatest and most used
route crossing America. The route is 4247.5 miles long, running
from Astoria, Oregon on the Pacific Ocean, to Yorktown, Virginia
at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay.
I will complete my
trip by riding home to Philadelphia from Yorktown. A cycling
friend or two plan to join me for this final leg of the trip.
I have chosen to ride
west-to-east. Yes, this theoretically means that the prevailing
winds should be at my back. But, unfortunately, this isn't
generally true. According to many riders' logs, the most frequently
encountered winds are crosswinds, no matter which way the rider