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    1976 Bikecentennial event - How many of us were inspired to tour because of it?

    I was just reading some other touring posts and was surprised to see how many people besides myself have been inspired to start bicycle touring (at least partially inspired) by the famous 1976 Bikecentennial trans America ride. If the 1976 Bikecentennial had an influence on your interest to start bike touring, please post your experience.

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    Don

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    Guilty as charged!

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    I was. It took quite a while though as I actually started touring in 2007. I almost went on Bikecentennial in 1976, but things didn't work out.

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    Yes, I was influenced. But, did not act on it. 1976 was the year I put everything into Hang Gliding.

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    Got 1500 miles in 76 before my knee gave out and took the bus the rest of the way. Going to take the boy down the east coast this year
    Last edited by phillybill; 12-31-12 at 06:39 AM.

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    Count me in too. I was this close back in '76.

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    I had already done some touring by '76, but BikeCentennial is probably what convinced me to do my trans-con in '78.

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    I rode Bikecentennial in '76 and RAGBRAI the year before getting ready for it. West to east, left May 27th, 10-speed custom Romic framed bike, couldn't stand up on the pedals because the rack was unstable, and NO flats. The pic below shows me (in yellow) and my group's leader Steve (from Seattle). Still have my orange triangle, one of the stuff sacks on the rack, the hat, all my maps and guide books, and the strong desire to do it again. The second pic is of me on the road that summer, taken after an encounter with the organizers as they drove the route east from Missoula. That's a great story!

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    I was 9 in 1976, but loved biking and was definitely inspired by it after seeing a magazine article (Nat Geo?) about the event. Then, a few years later, I met a man at my church who had done it in 1976 and even gave me a few rudimentary bike bags he had left over. My first "real overnight tour" wasn't until I was 15 or so, when a friend and I biked from Philadelphia to Annapolis, Md., on our own and camping overnight (can't believe my parents were ok with that... a different era!).

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    Guilty and proud of it.
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