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Old 03-20-09, 08:08 AM
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Hey everyone,
I'm pretty new to this forum, but I have read a lot of the info presented here and have found it very helpful. Skipping to the point though, I'm a college freshman planning on riding the TransAm Trail the summer of 2010. Well for my writing class we are writing research papers on something that really interests us and I thought what better to write about then the TransAm trail. So basically I'm asking anyone who has rode the trail or has a lot of information on it to share it with me. I'm looking basically for, preparations, some history of the trail, what inspired you to do it, some traditions of the trail (other than the wheel dunk already know about that). Just any useful information would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

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There are two books you may want to get:

(1) Bicycling Coast to Coast by Donna Lynn Ikenberry. This is considered the "bible" of the TA. It's pretty dated (almost 15 years old now), but the history and traditions (like saving turtles) haven't changed much. And most of the famous TA characters are still there: the Cookie Lady, Yodeling Katy, the Dragon Lady (aka the Lemonade Lady), Gillian Hoggard, Dusty Gilmore. And the famous stops (e.g., Cooky's Cafe). And the famous roads (e.g., Danger Hill). And the famous spots to stay (e.g., Grace Episcopal Church, Willis United Methodist Church, Mineral Fire Station, Elk Garden Methodist Church, The Place, Schechter's Current Creek Hostel).

(2) Bicycling The TransAm Trail by Stephanie Ager Kirz. This book is more about motels and restaurants, but it's newer.

Also, there are several hundred TransAm journals over at crazyguyonabike.com. Read a bunch of those and you'll feel like you've already ridden it.
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You will find a lot of that on the crazy guy on a bike journals section. I am biased, but suggest starting with our journal and then reading others.
https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/staehling2007
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I wasn't able to to find any books in my searches, but I will definitely look at those you mentioned thank you. And I will definitely start looking at the journal.
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I wasn't able to to find any books in my searches, but I will definitely look at those you mentioned thank you. And I will definitely start looking at the journal.
If you have specific questions I would be happy to answer them, but a lot of the general stuff is covered in the journal.

For history, start with https://www.adventurecycling.org/whoweare/history.cfm Or search for Bikecentennial which was the original name of the route. Also Bicycle route 76 might yield a few hits.
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I will keep that in mind if I do think of more specific questions and thanks for the link.
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