Featuring my daily journal and photos, this page includes some general information about the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail.
When I was 25 years old in 2006 I started out alone with my bike on May 27 from the Atlantic Ocean at the Outer Banks, North Carolina. I’d essentially never been farther west than Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, so I was going to see the country for the first time via bicycle.
In late August I reached the Pacific Ocean and Eugene, Oregon, but by then I was almost out of money. I wanted to keep going, so I managed to get a job there in Eugene, where I lived and worked for about six weeks.
Early October found me riding north to Seattle, and finally south along the Pacific Coast to San Francisco. From there I flew home to Pennsylvania on November 6, 2006.
Across the United States
Day 3 – Portsmouth, VA to Charles City, VA
Day 4 – Williamsburg, VA to Granville, VA
Day 5 – Granville, VA to Mechanicsville, VA
Day 6 – Mechanicsville, VA to Mineral, VA
Day 7 – Mineral, VA to Afton, VA
Day 8 – Afton, VA to Rusty’s Hard Time Hollow
Day 9 – Rusty’s Hard Time Hollow to Buchanan, VA
Day 10 – Buchanan, VA to Catawba, VA
Day 11 – Catawba, VA to Wytheville, VA
Day 12 – Wytheville, VA to Damascus, VA
Day 13 – Damascus, VA
Day 14 – Damascus, VA to Breaks Interstate Park
Day 15 – Breaks Interstate Park to Hindman, KY
Day 16 – Hindman, KY to Booneville, KY
Day 17 – Booneville, KY to Berea, KY
Day 18 – Berea, KY to Springfield, KY
Day 19 – Springfield, KY to Louisville, KY
Day 35 – Golden City, MO to Walnut, KS
Day 36 – Walnut, KS to Toronto, KS
Day 37 – Toronto, KS to Newton, KS
Day 38 – Newton, KS to Hutchinson, KS
Day 39 – Hutchinson, KS – 4th of July
Day 40 – Hutchinson, KS to Larned, KS
Day 41 – Larned, KS to Ness City, KS
Day 42 – Ness City, KS to Scott City, KS
Day 43 – Scott City, KS to Eads, CO
Day 44 – Eads, CO to Ordway, CO
Day 45 – Ordway, CO to Pueblo, CO
Day 46 – Pueblo, CO to Canon City, CO
Day 47 – Canon City, CO to Guffey, CO
Day 48 – Guffey, CO to Fairplay, CO
Day 49 – Fairplay, CO to Frisco, CO
Day 50 – Frisco, CO to Heeney, CO
Day 51 – Heeney, CO to Hot Sulphur Springs, CO
Day 52 – Hot Sulphur Springs, CO to Granby, CO
Day 53 – Granby, CO to Walden, CO
Day 54 – Walden, CO to Saratoga, WY
Day 55 – Saratoga, WY to Lamont, WY
Day 56 – Lamont, WY to Lander, WY
Day 57 – Lander, WY
Day 58 – Lander, WY
Day 59 – Working in Lander, WY
Day 60 – Working in Lander, WY
Day 61 – Lander, WY to Dubois, WY
Day 62 – Dubois, WY to Togwotee Pass, WY
Day 63 – Togwotee Pass, WY to Jackson, WY
Day 64 – Jackson, WY to Colter Bay Campground, WY
Day 65 – Colter Bay Campground, WY to West Yellowstone, MT
Day 66 – West Yellowstone, MT
Day 67 – West Yellowstone, MT to Twin Bridges, MT
Day 68 – Twin Bridges, MT to Jackson, MT
Day 69 – Jackson, MT to Stevensville, MT
Day 70 – Stevensville, MT to Missoula, MT
Day 76 – Oxbow, OR to Baker City, OR
Day 77 – Baker City, OR to Austin Junction, OR
Day 78 – Austin Junction, OR to Baker City, OR
Day 79 – Baker City, OR to Austin Junction, OR
Day 80 – Austin Junction, OR to Mitchell, OR
Day 81 – Mitchell, OR to Sisters, OR
Day 82 – Sisters, OR to McKenzie Bridge, OR
Day 83 – McKenzie Bridge, OR to Eugene, OR
Day 84 – Eugene, OR
Day 85 – Eugene, OR to Florence, OR
The Pacific Coast
West Coast Day 4 – Cascade Locks, OR to Randle, WA
West Coast Day 5 – Randle, WA to Greenwater, WA
West Coast Day 6 – Greenwater, WA to Sammamish, WA
West Coast Day 7 – Seattle, WA
West Coast Day 8 – Sammamish, WA to Seattle, WA
West Coast Day 9 – Seattle, WA to Shelton, WA
West Coast Day 10 – Shelton, WA to Centralia, WA
West Coast Day 11 – Centralia, WA to Castle Rock, WA
West Coast Day 12 – Castle Rock, WA to Astoria, OR
The Oregon Coast
West Coast Day 13 – Astoria, OR to Manzanita, OR
West Coast Day 14 – Manzanita, OR to Tillamook, OR
West Coast Day 15 – Tillamook, OR to Pacific City, OR
West Coast Day 16 – Pacific City, OR to Washburne State Park, OR
West Coast Day 17 – Carl Washburne State Park, OR to North Bend, OR
West Coast Day 18 – North Bend, OR to Port Orford, OR
West Coast Day 19 – Port Orford, OR to Brookings, OR
West Coast Day 20 – Brookings, OR to Elk Prairie Campground, CA
West Coast Day 21 – Elk Prairie Campground, CA to Eureka, CA
West Coast Day 22 – Eureka, CA to Rio Dell, CA
West Coast Day 23 – Rio Dell, CA to Richardson Grove State Park, CA
West Coast Day 24 – Richardson Grove State Park, CA to Fort Bragg, CA
West Coast Day 25 – Fort Bragg, CA to Point Arena, CA
West Coast Day 26 – Point Arena, CA to Wright’s Beach, CA
West Coast Day 27 – Wright’s Beach, CA to San Francisco, CA
About the TransAmerica Trail Bicycling Route
The TransAmerica Trail is an established bicycle route across the United States from Yorktown, Virginia to Astoria, Oregon. It primarily winds along scenic country roads with low traffic, avoiding highways and major cities. The largest city to be found directly on the route is Eugene Oregon, with a population of about 150,000. The average touring cyclist takes about three months to complete the trip. It’s approximately 4,200 miles.
The TransAmerica Trail was inaugurated in 1976 as a means of celebrating the nation’s bicentennial year. The idea for the ride was spawned by Greg Siple in 1972, while on a long tour.
The ’76 cross-country ride and consequential organization was called Bikecentennial. Over 4,000 cyclists that hailed from all 50 states took part in the ride. 2,000 riders completed the entire route in its first year – a notable event. Over forty years have passed since then, and many more cyclists have followed, creating a route rich in history and tradition.
Bikecentennial later transformed into what is now known as The Adventure Cycling Association. The organization now has almost 50,000 members, and has mapped almost 40,000 miles of 20 different long-distance cycling routes in the U.S.
Highlights Along the Way
Cyclists stay overnight in a variety of places, including hotels, campgrounds, town parks, churches, and even in ditches along the side of the road if necessary. Pictured above is the “bike house” in Afton, Virginia, operated by the “Cookie Lady” June Curry. Postcards and memorabilia line the walls, documenting her decades of hospitality.
The TransAmerica Trail route crosses the Appalachian Mountains along The Blue Ridge Parkway.
The highest point is Hoosier Pass, Colorado, at 11,542 feet.
Dominant winds and monotony in Kansas can discourage many a rider. Others are mesmerized by the flat, wide-open plains, and heartened by the friendliest small town communities found anywhere.
Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks are often a highlight of the trip.
The route follows the Oregon Coast along route 101 to its western terminus in Astoria.