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Uphill and Against the Wind - TransAm E-W
Trans America Trail E-W
By Dave T

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#1: details good...   (#1 in thread)
By Rich Haubert on CST (1)
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Dave, I notice you want to avoid 'boring us with details'. Don't worry about that - people who don't like details probably aren't reading bike journals anyway. Details are good, as are your thoughts and feelings, both good and bad. Have a great trip!!

Rich Haubert

#2: Re: details good...   (#2 in thread)
By Dave Tuzinowski on CST in reply to #1 in board   (1)
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Rich, thanks for being the first to sign my guestbook.

#3: start of trip
By 1dad on CST
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the memories of taking you to Yorktown for the start of your trip are burned in my brain. one offshoot of it was that it was probably the most time and best time i had every spent alone with my dad.
as you took off in the fog right at the Victory monument, my heart dropped as you wobbled around trying to get used to the load on your bike. i got to admit that as your dad a shudder of fear went through me. at that moment it was a little difficult imagining you going all the way across the country by yourself on a bike. i was so concerned that granpa & me rode along your route to see how you were doing, only to find you at the pool in Jamestown around noon, having completing the first days travel in only a few hours. i do rember your route taking you through Williamsburg and thinking that you should have spent a little more time there. i do remember stopping a biker who seemed to be on the tour and by himself and asked him if he had seen you, which he hadn't.
i do remember the night before in the motel when none of us really slept well. i do remember sitting in the beer joint the day before having a few beers and do remember the restaurant where we had a great sea food platter. do you remember the gal walking her Ferret on a leash?
i do remember picking you up at the airport when you returned (why didn't you ride back?) you looked so great and fit i thought you could have done anything.
i do remember how we had a map and everytime you called be traced your route and put a pin in where you were at.
of course this trip started a long time before the actual start. you were only 13 when you took your first bike trip from Algonac to Mackinac Island quite an undertaking for you and your friend at that age. and there were many trips after that and longer and before the cross country trip.

#4: Re: details good...   (#3 in thread)
By Rich Haubert on CST in reply to #2 in board  
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That's so awesome that you can still remember it so well. I've found that the intensity of the memories is probably the very best reason to tour. I can still remember nearly every stretch of road I toured on.

I hope you have a great trip!

#5: Trans-Am   (#1 in thread)
By Fred Werda on CST (1)
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Should be a great memory journal.

I was an original solo rider from Astoria to Yorktown in 1976.

Rode route again in 2002 Yorktown to Astoria.

Guess what. I plan to ride again starting June 29 Astoria to Yorktown.



#6: Re: Trans-Am   (#2 in thread)
By Dave Tuzinowski on CST in reply to #5 in board   (1)
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Fred, thanks for signing my guestbook! It's cool to have an original rider from 76' acknowledge my journal.

I have a Bicycling Magazine from March 1976 in original condition, it is a special Bikecentennial 76' Trans America Trail Edition. I have just requested reprint permissions for the cover, the pictures and the article from Bicycling Magazine. I believe you will really enjoy this since you are an original rider from 76'. If and when I get permission I will post it up here so everyone can enjoy it.


#7: Re: Trans-Am   (#3 in thread)
By Fred Werda on CST in reply to #6 in board   (1)
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I also have a copy of the Bicycling Magazine for that year. It is a true treasure. I have all my original maps, guidebooks, t-shirts, bike-inn/campground lists, etc. and it sure brings back memories.

I enjoy comparing the original route to the current (which has already changed since 2002)- my second crossing.

Remember the low water bridges in Kentucky? The first one on Murphy's Ford is now a higher bridge. On the little jog to the right then the left to continue on the one lane backroads is now off the trail. In 2002, when I rode east to west where this road crossed another low water bridge the area was flooded.

Didn't affect the trip as the route bypasses this second crossing.

Another part of the original Trans-Am I might ride is SR-4 in Kansas. The current route uses SR-96 which has lots of services. I really don't know why SR-4 is no longer part of the route and A/CYCLING replied to my inquiry - due to services and road conditions on SR-4. I hope to check it out and can always get back to SR-96.

Wasn't it great how laid-back/peacefull things were back then?
No rush/rush/rush/ world.

Don't mean to ramble on but I sure miss those days.

Hope to cross the country starting in Portland to Astoria to complete my L & C route and on to Yorktown in 52 days due to limited time. The Cookie Lady will be my inspiration to make it to the east coast.

Great Memories,


#8: Helmet   (#1 in thread)
By guest on CST (1)
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Hi Dave,
Question about helmets. I remember a letter to the editor in Adventure Cyclist about a year ago but I can't find that issue. The writer advocated no helmets for riding and touched off a lively debate. I seem to recall it being from a Dave and wondered if that was you?


#9: Re: Helmet   (#2 in thread)
By Dave Tuzinowski on CST in reply to #8 in board   (1)
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NO, that was not me who wrote the helmet article. I would never advocate for no helmets, it should be left to each person to decide his or her own position. I not the kinda guy that goes around trying to force my views or opinions on other people.


#10: Re: Helmet   (#3 in thread)
By Lisa on CST in reply to #9 in board  
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That is not true! You always argue with me when I don't want to wear my helmet. Honestly, the incident on Mackinac Island, when I flipped over my handle bars and the bike landed on my head, was a freak accident! Besides, if I had been riding my red Cannondale, instead of my mountain bike with tight brakes, it never would have happened.
Anyway, I am really looking forward to the big trip. Though I can't go back in time and ride with you in 1986, I can ride along this time!

Your wife,

#11: Interesting
By Michael Roberts on CST
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Your journal has kept me from working in the yard this Saturday morning. I've found it fascinating to read after just completing a 212-mile ride in Ohio this past Mother's Day weekend (TOSRV).
My brother-in-law from California took a train out here to experience the tour from Columbus to the Kentucky border and back, and we had many stories to tell. He told me about this website. I'm waiting to read the rest of your journal, so keep the details coming--not boring at all!

#12: Re: Trans-Am   (#4 in thread)
By Dave Tuzinowski on CST in reply to #7 in board   (1)
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Fred, you are right the route has changed since 76'. I also think it is only inevitable that it continues to change. I believe the original route went over the Mississippi at Ste. Genevieve in Missouri, but that crossing is no longer there and it's been moved south to Chester. In Kentucky I believe there was a detour because of a bridge out when I rode thru. In Kansas I rode SR-96, that was part of the route.


#13: Re: Trans-Am   (#5 in thread)
By Fred Werda on CST in reply to #12 in board  
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I think the ferry crossing of the Mississippi River is still there on the original B76 route but believe that the route was changed due to many times high water causing the ferry to be shut down.

Despite the hi-tech world I still and will not carry a cell phone.


#14: last names?
By Joe & Susan Bousquet on CST
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Did you record in your journal the last names of the riders in the Adventure Cycling TransAm group? We'd love to enter them into the Cookie House Registry for 5/21/86.


#15: Good Old Days   (#1 in thread)
By Sean Collins on CST (1)
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Dave, pretty interesting story. When I was a kid I remember reading about Robin Graham soloing around the world in a 25 ft. sailboat when he was 17. Since then, I've always aspired to some feat that is a declaration of my independent and adventurous spirit. A defining accomplishment, if you will. The amazing thing to me is that you accomplished this at such a young age. At 37 I'm still trying to figure that out for myself. Needless to say, I'm thoroughly enjoying your narrative!


#16: Global warming data point   (#1 in thread)
By Jeff Blinn on CST (2)
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It's interesting to compare the amount of summertime snow cover visible on the Tetons in the two pictures, taken 20 years apart, on page 1 of your journal.

#17: Cookie Lady photo   (#1 in thread)
By Joe & Susan Bousquet on CST (1)
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I'd like to use one of your 1986 Cookie Lady photos for the picture of the week in the Cookie House Registry. I'll be adding to the registry once school is finished and will start back with notebook entries and polaroids from your 1986 TransAm year. Keep your eye peeled around mid-June for your name and picture!

Joe Bousquet

#18: Re: Global warming data point   (#2 in thread)
By Michael Roberts on CST in reply to #16 in board  
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It is quite disturbing... Will the Earth become Mars?

#19: Re: Cookie Lady photo   (#2 in thread)
By Dave Tuzinowski on CST in reply to #17 in board   (1)
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Joe, Great! use all the photos you want.

#20: Re: Global warming data point   (#3 in thread)
By Dave Tuzinowski on CST in reply to #16 in board  
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Jeff, yes you are correct. Many of the glaciers are pretty much gone in the Tetons. I was really disappointed by the lack of snow pack on the most recent picture. The picture in 1986 was taken in July and the one almost 20 years later was in mid September.

#21: Re: Cookie Lady photo   (#3 in thread)
By Joe & Susan Bousquet on CST in reply to #19 in board  
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I don't know if I agree with the privacy concern. My thought is that the Cookie House notebooks are a sort of historical record. Since June Curry opens the Cookie House to all cyclists, it sorta makes the notebooks and photo albums a kind of public record. By creating the Cookie House Registry on the web, we're attempting to save those records for posterity. For sure, June won't be around in another thirty years (heck, I probably won't be around in another 30 years!) and there's no telling what will become of the Cookie House. So the journal will simply document the history to date of June and her guests.

That being said, we certainly would remove someone's name and photo if they requested it.

Thanks for the permission to use your photos; look for the new picture of the week tomorrow morning.


#22: Re: Good Old Days   (#2 in thread)
By Tim Pitcher on CST in reply to #15 in board  
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Sean ...

Just caught your mention of Robin's sailing adventure. I'm still adventuring. Learned to sail a canoe, borrowed a Sun Fish only to realize my pelvis/hips wouldn't let me sail seated ... so discovered sailing standing up b4 the sailboard/wind surfer craze. Later bought a Bristol TC 440 sloop to live aboard.

Now I live in rural Maine and look forward to extended bikepacking. My C2C E-W trip is postponed until '07. Meanwhile, I've put my planning/homework to good use for other cyclists:

@ 57 I'm looking forward to the next G2G life change. Working on learning bike mech. and eyeing a Koga World Traveller ride. Time to sell the ROKON and go for endurance 'pedal power.'

@ 37 you have 2/3 of life still ahead. Take chances, Explore opportunities. I doubt any of us will have a second go-round.



#23: Enjoying your Journal   (#1 in thread)
By Gary Butters on CST (1)
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I've enjoyed reading your journal the past few weeks. Your format of daily updates twenty years on is great. The journal has all the elements of "a good read" -- mystery (where's Phil?), danger (crazy Lazy Louie, tornados) and romance? (Carbondale girls). Kudos for having the foresight of keeping such a detailed journal and taking so many quality photos.

By the way, I grew up not far from you in Michigan (Go Blue). My first bike trip of any distance was from Rochester to Algonac State Park and back. And my first long trip was across the U.P. and Wisconsin to Minnesota.

Here are a couple of questions:
1) Although you said the the West Coast Tour was your one and only organized tour, it's obvious that you became an "official unofficial member" of the BC group. How much do you think the early connection with this group added to to your enjoyment and success of your tour? Solo across the U.S. for a twenty year old can pretty daunting, if not down right scary.
2) I thought BC groups were big on shared cooking. Your group seems to have gone the diner route early on. Was this by design?
3) From your photos, the group seems to be biking in gym shorts. No bike shorts?
4) Looking back, do you think the fact that you took your trip in 1986 (pre internet, pre GPS, pre cell phone) added to the sense of adventure?

Looking forward to future updates. I'm envious of your adventure and the fact that from your Grand Teton photos you have not aged in twenty years.

Gary Butters

#24: Re: Enjoying your Journal   (#2 in thread)
By Dave Tuzinowski on CST in reply to #23 in board  
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Thanks for signing my guest book. That is funny your first bike trip was from Rochester to Algonac, because I have lived in both of those places. Being a Graduate of Oakland University I spent many days riding on one of the first rail trails, the Paint Creek Trail. In fact my wife and I just rode it last weekend.

It is interesting (to me) that I did keep a detailed "log book" as I called it then. You'll soon read that I did start questioning why I was wasting my time with the log book. I did try to write down some of the key things that happened during the day. I rarely noted what I ate or other details that you'll read in other journals on CGoB. Stay tuned for many more interesting stories and few un-expected twists.... ????

I think you really hit the nail on the head with your questions, as they are key to the adventure.

1. I debated on joining the BC group before I departed for Yorktown. The problem with a group is the cooking. At 20 years old I didn't really want to start being a vegetarian or have to eat someone else's exotic cooking after riding 80 miles. Eating what I wanted to eat and how much is key to keeping me happy (ask my wife). That said, after riding with "this" group, they ditched the idea of group cooking probably because of my influence. You read back on day 4 that I brainwashed Gene into not eating his BC issued lunch. That was the beginning of the end of BC group cooking. Gene would get up and bypass his lunch and we would eat out each day. The other BC members were listening to Gene and I talk about Pizza, burgers, and ice cream, while they ate PBJ.

Being the unofficial member of the BC group was a key part of the fun. I enjoyed every person from that group. I spent more time with certain members but got along extremely well with everyone (and vice versa). That however, was not the case within the BC group. Stay tuned for more on the BC group dynamics. As a non member I was encouraged to join the group in route, because I fit in so well with everyone (I didn't). Without the people from the BC group, the trip really would have been nothing, and I would have been bored to tears. That is a long time to be alone at that age. I really underestimated the consequences of being alone that long. I'll also be riding with some "other" key riders before the trip is competed.

2. The BC group did start out all cooking, and each member took turns doing the menu and shopping. This cooking was breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sheryl was carrying this huge billy pot (the one Fred used to go get beer with in Kentucky), it was supposed to be used for group dinner cooking each night. The hassle of shopping, cooking and cleaning really takes it toll after a few days, especially when breakfast was $1.99 for everything including coffee back then. Their cooking ended after Gene and I were eating out for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

3. Only a few people from the BC group wore cycling shorts, Gene, Sheryl and Rich. The rest of us wore running shorts. Gene, myself, and diane didn't wear helmets. I've never wore any cycling clothes, ever. I have a great story coming about cycle wear. I do however wear a helmet when I'm on an advance mt bike trail, but I still don't wear one on the road.

4. This is a key question. I didn't really know what I was getting myself into when I departed. I had only read about 10 pages in a bicycling magazine about the Trans America Trail. I had NO IDEA what to expect. Now, people can read all these journals and it will basically show and tell you everything. I think I'd rather NOT know before hand exactly what every inch of the trail is going to be like. It really was a journey of discovery for me, each day I was excited to see something new. I am however envious of all the digital pictures people get to take these days. I carried a Cannon AE-1 35mm, which was big and bulky. I do wish I took more pictures tho. As I completed a film roll I mailed them home and my parents developed them to see what I was seeing. When calling home I used a calling card supplied by my parents so I wouldn't have to feed the payphone (who uses those anymore?).

In conclusion, riding with the BC group members was a huge part of the enjoyment, the memories, and just about everything fun I remember about the journey. I have talked to Clay, Diane and Fred recently, it's fun to talk to these people again and maybe I'll get them to add some of their thoughts here in the guestbook.

Kansas is a little boring but keep reading for more adventures on the TransAm.... ???

Thanks again for signing in,

P.S. Where do you live now?

#25: My Birthday
By Mom on CST
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Thanks for remembering me today and 20 years ago. I've really enjoyed reading your log. Don't remember you telling us a lot of these things. WE are reliving this along with you. Thanks, Mom

#26: Old leader reports in....   (#1 in thread)
By Clay on CST (1)
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As I mentioned in the e-mail, I have been reading along from the start. I haven't checked in because I didn't want to influence your writing.
I know that I speak for more than myself when I say that your addition to the group was a positive one. I would do a tour with you anytime. Yes, I still like beer!

#27: Re: Old leader reports in....   (#2 in thread)
By Dave Tuzinowski on CST in reply to #26 in board  
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Clay, Thanks for reporting in.... I understand what you mean, and I didn't think about it that way. I guess thats why you're the Leader and I'm still the apprentice, even after 20 years... ha ha ha

Still like beer... yeah, I figured as much. Maybe we'll get together some day soon and have a few "henry's".

#28: Montana mosquitoes
By Brad on CST
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My Dad and I camped at Bannack in '99 (early August)and the mosquitoes where bad there too.
We ended up heading into my pop-up camper early they were so bad.
We were right next to the stream but I never expected mosquitoes in a high plains desert type environment like that.
We ate at a restaurant somewhere between there and earthquake lake. Two guys were in the booth next to us comparing notes on their cycling journey. Sounded interesting but I still didn't know about the trans america trail until a few years later when an acquaintance rode it. I'm not a cyclist but would like to ride coast to coast sometime in the next 15 years. The journals have put the bug in me.
Enjoying the old trip report.


#29: Re: Elevation charts   (#1 in thread)
By Jeff Lee on CST (1)
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Yes, they do have elevation charts now. I'm looking at the route elevation profile on my AC map #3 right now, as I prepare to leave Missoula for... I'm not sure yet, but Lowell if I feel up to it.


#30: Re: Elevation charts   (#2 in thread)
By Dave Tuzinowski on CST in reply to #29 in board  
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Jeff, thanks for the reply! I've been following your Trans America Journey daily as well. I rode some killer days from Missoula to the coast.

Good Luck, and enjoy Whitebird Hill!


#31: Congratulations!   (#1 in thread)
By John Egan on CST (1)
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Glad to see you made it to the Pacific. I got hooked on your "Post a Day" sneakiness. Have enjoyed all your pics and diary. I did my first coast-to-coast in 1987. (Like you I haven't aged a bit since then.) Have done a half dozen cross-country trips and usually do a few thousand miles each summer but stay in the US and Canadian Wests now. I just think it's easier cycling in the West - less traffic, camp anywhere. Over the years I've bumped into quite a few Bikecentennial groups - something about all that "togetherness" that makes them get a little prickly at times. Sorry your group split up - it kinda made your last leg or the trip lonely, no?

Best wishes - J

#32: Thanks!   (#1 in thread)
By Michael Roberts on CST (1)
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It's been a pleasure to read your journal. It was the first I checked every day.
Thanks for providing the info and pics. I especially liked the recent ones you added too.
For a young man to embark on such an adventure is really amazing amount of miles on a bicycle...ignorant people would have no such idea...but, how did you ride over four-thousand miles in those short-shorts?
Mind boggling!

#33: Re: Thanks!   (#2 in thread)
By Dave Tuzinowski on CST in reply to #32 in board  
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Michael, thanks for reading along. Doing this journal was lots of fun! I had a great opportunity to relive the summer of 1986 all over again. I experienced all the same emotions as I did in during that journey, including the lows.

Funny, I have been kidded like crazy about those shorts, but that was the way it was in 1986. Now basketball shorts are like womens capri pants.....

I still have a few more days of riding to Portland and I have a surprise or 2 to come. I will also write an Epilogue +20, with some interesting things to say. I'll even include some updates on a few people from the journey.

Thanks again for reading along,
Best Wishes,

Dave T.

#34: Re: Congratulations!   (#2 in thread)
By Dave Tuzinowski on CST in reply to #31 in board  
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John, thanks for reading along!

There was little doubt I'd finish the journey, even in 1986. I was doing it if it killed me. You are correct, riding alone from Missoula to the Coast was pretty boring and lonely, especially for a 20 year old.

I have a few more days of riding and maybe even a reunion with some old friends....???? I'll also write an epilogue +20, with lots of interesting things to say.

I have browsed your journals before you signed my guestbook. They are some I plan to read when I complete my writing.

Thanks again for reading along,
and Best Wishes!

Dave T.

#35: Neat Trip   (#1 in thread)
By Richard Groenwald on CST (1)
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Have been following with great interest your trip of '86. Sure sounds as if you had a great experience. There have been many similarities cited in your journal that hit home to me.

Firstly, even though we now live in Maryland, both my better half and I are displaced mid westerners. I hailed from Chicago, and lived in IL until '89. I had become reaquainted with cycling in'77. Went on several cycling vacations in the late 70's and early '80s to include West Yellowstone to Salt Lake City, A ride across Oklahoma and then east to St. Louis [part of the TA route you took] and Eugene Oregon to San Francisco. Bikecentennial was formed, and at the time we had put our home as a Bikecentennial Hospitality home. Never had any takers, however, metro Chicago might not attract that many tourists.

Marjie, my better half of 25 years, was born and grew up in Detroit. She is an educator and had lived in Highland Park, MI and taught at public schools, Oakland Community College, and Cranbrook. As I write, she is concluding a month at her cottage in Frankfort, MI, where her soul lives.

I, too, had a Cannnondale touring bike I built up in '86. This was to replace my first Trek which unfortunately did not fair too well when I absent mindedly went thru drive in banking in Frankfort with the bike on the roof!! Needless to say, it was severely bent out of shape, so to speak. The cannondale was an incredible ride. I did not realize how stiff a frame it really had until I tried to put my first good bike - a Raleigh Gran Sport - on the road as a commuter bike. I really liked the Raleigh, but it sure had lots of frame flex compared to the Cannondale. Of course, I used a Brooks pro saddle. Even after retiring the Cannondale in '01 in favor of a Trek 520, I have moved the Brooks saddle to my current ride. It will probably be the last saddle I buy.

As an aside, both Marjie and I have alternate rides in the form of Wizwheelz recumbant trikes, made in Hastings, MI. Totally different experience, slight hit on efficiency, but lots of fun!!

Well this has gone on far enough. Fingers getting a little tired.

REgards to you and yours.


P.S. I will just go on record that I do not share your ideas regarding use of helmets. But to avoid any angry combacks, I will just let it go at that


#36: Re: Neat Trip   (#2 in thread)
By Dave Tuzinowski on CST in reply to #35 in board  
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Rich, thanks for signing in. I was just sitting here at the computer contemplating what's next now that the journey is over (again). I had a great time writing, and reliving the Trans America Trail all over again.

I still have my Cannondale and other than the tires, it is in original condition from the trip in 1986. My wife and I ride both Mt Bikes and Road Bikes. We just did our favorite ride on Harsens Island, about a 20 mile out and back along the St Clair River. Actually, I met my wife because of cycling, and I wouldn't have met her if the series of events documented here didn't happen.

I'm glad that everyone has enjoyed the trip, I certainly did.

I'm gathering my thoughts for the Epilogue +20. The "meaning" of the trip is all together different that I thought in 1986.

Best Wishes,
Dave T.

P.S. I don't mind an adult conversation regarding helmets. I do wear a helmet on advanced single track mt bike trails, and I've even worn a helmet on a road once or twice. I always wear a helmet on a motorcycle or snowmobile, always.

#37: Congratulations   (#1 in thread)
By Sue on CST (1)
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Tomorrow is the first anniversary of our coast-to-coast ride in 2005. Our online journal is at Following your journal, and those of many others, this summer has been a bittersweet experience. What a great idea, to relive your ride 20 years later by creating an online journal!

Thanks for sharing your experience in 1986. It's always interesting to me that no matter how diverse a group we are as cyclists, many of our experiences and feelings are much the same when it comes to distance cycling. And I couldn't agree more, it was definitely about much more than just riding our bicycles.

Thanks for sharing!

#38: Trans '86   (#1 in thread)
By John on CST (1)
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Dave, I kind of know what you must have been going through your last few days before the Pac coast, as I continued to read your log, not wanting the account to end! I hope one day to have a journey similar to yours. My bro-in-law did the Trans-Am (Yorktown to Astoria) in the summer of 2004, then went from San Diego to Panama City, Panama, w/ the intent of going all the way to Tierra del Fuego, before they ran out of money. This has really put the touring bug in me. I've almost convinced my wife to let me purchase a touring bike. I don't see myself riding cross country on a Gary Fisher Marlin! With two kids under three and at least one more to come in the future I probably won't be able to attempt a trans am for 10-15 years, unless my son will go...hmmm.
Oh well, some short 3-4 day trips here on the east coast is what I'll do and live vicariously through your log!

COngrats and thanks for the posts


#39: Enjoyed Your Journal (part II)   (#1 in thread)
By Gary Butters on CST (1)
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I just wanted to drop you a note to say how much I enjoyed your journal. Good adventure story with excellent writing.

It's neat how you were able to reconnect with some of the old BC group.

So here is a "thumbs up" and lifting a Leinie (Wisconsin's version of a Henry's) to you, Fred, Clay & Diane, Rich, Sheryl, and especially the wise mentor, Gene.

Gary Butters

#40: Re: Congratulations   (#2 in thread)
By Dave Tuzinowski on CST in reply to #37 in board  
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Sue, Thanks for signing in. I'm glad you enjoyed my journey. I plan to take a closer look at your online journal.

Remember, look to the future, and celebrate the past.

Best Wishes,

#41: Re: Trans '86   (#2 in thread)
By Dave Tuzinowski on CST in reply to #38 in board  
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John, I'm glad you enjoyed riding along. I amazed that I have almost 34,000 hits!

The time really flew by, I can't believe it's over already (again).

Do the TransAm, you won't regret it... Take many pictures, and soak up everything you can about it while it lasts.

Best of Luck on the road!

Dave T.

#42: Re: Enjoyed Your Journal (part II)   (#2 in thread)
By Dave Tuzinowski on CST in reply to #39 in board  
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Gary, thank you very much for riding along and I'm glad you enjoyed it. I never really expected anybody to read along, and I'm amazed at how many have. I really did this journal for my own personal reasons. I've received a lot of positive feedback, not only in the guestbook but from my friends and family who somehow "gotten the word" from my dad.

Lisa and I hoisted a few pints at the local Brew Pub a couple nights ago, celebrating the completion of the Trans America Trail (again).

I'm not sure what I'm going to do now. Lisa wants to do the Trans Am in 10 years when she is done working........ so who knows?????

Dave T.

#43: Enjoyed your Journal and an identification of the location in Hawaii.   (#1 in thread)
By Richard Burrows on CST (1)
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I enjoyed your Journal very much. I was enjoyable reading.

The Hawaii picture you want identified on day 79...
Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park - The City of Refuge - on the Big Island

#44: Re: Enjoyed your Journal and an identification of the location in Hawaii.   (#2 in thread)
By Dave Tuzinowski on CST in reply to #43 in board   (1)
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Richard, Yes, Pu'uhonua Honaunau is correct. I wasn't sure anybody would be able to identify the location.

Lisa and I swam/snorkeled with about 50 SPINNER dolphins in Honaunau Bay. We spent hours just watching the dolphins speed up from the depths right towards us, then at the last minute ver off, break the surface, spin and do flips. It was an incredible experience!

I'm glad you enjoyed my journal.

Best Wishes, and Aloha!

Dave T.

#45: Re: Enjoyed your Journal and an identification of the location in Hawaii.   (#3 in thread)
By Richard Burrows on CST in reply to #44 in board  
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I've been there twice. Once with my wife in our pre-kids days, about 1980, and the second time in 2004.
The second time was with the whole family and my wife's parents. My boys had fun pushing my Mother-in-law around in one of those wheelchairs with giant balloon tires. We all thought it was pretty funny that they had to stick a "Not to be used as a floatation device" on the back of every wheelchair.
We spent two weeks on the Big Island and did a great deal of exploring and snorkeling. On that last trip my wife, boys and I hiked across the pahoehoe to where the lava was flowing into the ocean, we all got sunburned under our chins from the sunlight reflected from the iridescent sheen on the new lava.
It was a great trip. Rich

#46: Hi Dave (and hand report)   (#1 in thread)
By Joy Santee on CST (1)
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Hi Dave!
I just finished my Trans Am at the beginning of the month and would do just about anything to be back on the road again...I enjoyed catching up on YOUR journal the last few days. Especially interesting because I also ended up trailing an Adventure Cycling group that really wanted me to join with them. I didn't ride with them as consistently as you did (trying not to stay with them more than 3 days in a row to keep kosher with their "official" rules), but that group was one of the most significant parts of the trip for me. I'd ridden from day 9 to Kansas without much company, so finding them in Kansas helped me keep my sanity through the wind and heat there!

I'm glad I got to finish the route with them in Florence--having people to celebrate with made the end much better in some ways, but missing new friends has made re-entry to my real life a little more challenging. Sitting around listening to old friends talk about watching TV as the highlight of their summer...well, we I guess you could say we had different summer experiences.

I'm pretty sure it was you who gave me advice to watch out for my hands on the trip. I'm happy to report that I had no serious issues at all, which is great because I was very worried about numbness and such from previous shorter trips. I ditched the two kinds of gloves...didn't make that much difference. The Bar Phat under the tape was great--the AC group leader had it on his bike, too, and some others got it before the end of the trip. I jacked up my handlebars a couple extra inches with a stem extender that took a lot of pressure off, too. Tried riding without it when I got back and had hand trouble almost immediately.

The other thing that was a total lifesaver was the aero bars--just for a riding position that didn't use my hands at all. The only days I had twinges of numbness were days with strong cross-winds when I was struggling to keep the bike in a straight line and held on a lot tighter than usual!

Anyway, thanks again for sharing your adventure. I don't have all my journal text up (or even fully written) yet, but most of the pictures are up now. It was hard to keep everything updated while on the road, but it will be done someday!


#47: Great journal!   (#1 in thread)
By Phil Remmers on CST (1)
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Hi Dave,
I just want to send a short note to say how much I enjoyed reading your journal. Out of all the journals that I've read on this site, your journal was by far the best. Thanks for writing it. I loved reading it.

#48: Re: Hi Dave (and hand report)   (#2 in thread)
By Dave Tuzinowski on CST in reply to #46 in board  
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Joy, Thanks for signing in! We've (Lisa and I) have been following you all summer and we really enjoyed it. Great job on completion of the Trans America Trail. I'm also going to sign your guestbook and congratulate you there.

I glad you enjoyed my journal. I really only did it for personal reasons and never thought anybody would read it. I did discover a few things about riding the Trans America Trail that I never realized 20 years ago... it was really about the journey and not the destination.

Best Wishes,
Dave T.

#49: Re: Great journal!   (#2 in thread)
By Dave Tuzinowski on CST in reply to #47 in board  
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Phil, thanks for the compliment!

I really had fun re-living the journey all over again 20 years later. I never really thought anybody would read it (really). Not that it mattered if people didn't read it because it was a personal journey just like it was in 1986.

I did realize a few things about the journey 20 years later that I failed to understand as a 20 year old in 1986. The journey really set my compass and shaped my life for the next 20 years that followed. I hate think about where I'd be without the experience of those 90 days in 1986.

I still do a little riding today, in fact, Lisa and I just returned from a 20 mile trail ride on mt bikes... and promptly went to the local micro brewery and had a pint (or 2).

Anyway, thanks again and
Best Wishes,
Dave T.

#50: An Enjoyable Journal   (#1 in thread)
By Brad Bergerson on CST (1)
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A great journal, I enjoyed it a bunch. I know how you felt as you neared the end of your ride. The goal from the beginning was to dip your wheels in the opposite ocean. As you near the finish you feel a great sense of pride and satisfaction. This, however, is offset by the sad feeling which comes from knowing that the euphoric touring lifestyle, discovering of new landscapes and sharing of these times with new friends are quickly coming to a screeching halt.
I too, was a young lad when I rode the Bikecentennial Trail back in '76. Our trip memories were different but oh so similar, I can relate to so much of your journey. I felt as if I rode the trail with you.
Ride on,

#51: Re: An Enjoyable Journal   (#2 in thread)
By Dave Tuzinowski on CST in reply to #50 in board  
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Brad, I'm glad you enjoyed the ride... again. It's great to have someone from the original '76 crossing sign my guest book (you are now the second). I've read your "Summer Fun" journal and really enjoyed it as well. I can see where we had some very similar experiences.

That March '76 Bicycling magazine featuring the Bikecentennial Trail is responsible for me taking the journey.

I am glad I did take my canon 35mm camera, and write a detailed log each day. I do wish I took more pictures and am envious of the digital cameras used today.

I also agree.... that I remember just about every tiny detail from the summer of '86 but can hardly remember the other thousands of miles touring on other trips.

I really surprised Neil featured my journal, it must be a slow news day.... ha ha ha.

Best Wishes, and keep rollin'

#52: Your journal   (#1 in thread)
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Hi Dave......just finished reading your journal over the past two days. Well written, and very, very interesting. I wish I had done this ride when I was 20, but I will do it when I am 58. In April, or May of 2008 my brother-in-law and I will start our cross country trek from Astoria taking the northern tier. Reading your journal has reconfirmed my belief that it's not about getting to the opposite coast, but the journey and the people in between that will be the most meaningful after it is all said and done. Thanks for the inspiration! We will be taking time to enjoy the journey and not just pound out the mileage.


#53: Re: Your journal   (#2 in thread)
By Dave Tuzinowski on CST in reply to #52 in board  
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Clarke, I'm glad you enjoyed the reading.

I had great fun posting each day and reliving the journey all over again. I never really thought anybody would care to read it except my friends and family (let alone get featured journal). Not many people, if any really knew what transpired during those 90 days in '86, not even my parents. (now they know)

It's not really about the destination, but the journey, the experiences, the people along the way. I never really thought about it that way until I did this journal 20 years later.

My wife is thinking SHE wants to do a TransAmerica... so who knows.

Best of luck in your 2 wheeled travels.

Dave T.

#54: What a great Story!   (#1 in thread)
By Anthony Lovatt on CST (1)
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Well written and entertaining!
I really enjoyed it and I was so happy that you could include photos of then and now.
I'm sure you'll be doing the entire trip in te not too distant future again!

#55: Nerve damage   (#1 in thread)
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One thing I forgot to ask about was how long did it take for the feeling to come back to your hand after your tour? How many days into your tour did you notice the nerve damage?


#56: Re: Nerve damage   (#2 in thread)
By Dave Tuzinowski on CST in reply to #55 in board   (1)
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Clarke, I still this day have problems with my right hand. The last 2 fingers are not as strong as the others. It really bothers me when I use a computer mouse for more then 15 minutes, and I've had to learn to use the other hand.

In '86, I didn't use any padding on the bars, and I used crappy racing gloves part of the time. Even when I ride today it bothers me, now I have some padding and hold the bars slightly different. People have said, get a recumbent.... but no, thats not for me.


#57: Re: What a great Story!   (#2 in thread)
By Dave Tuzinowski on CST in reply to #54 in board  
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Who would have thought that anything I wrote could ever be considered "well written and entertaining".... ha ha ha. When I was writing, my thought was... I hope I'm not embarrassing myself here without realizing it.


#58: ride
By Paul on CST
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I have enjoyed reading your journal. It is interesting to look back and see how you have been molded.

I wish I had gotten into biking in my younger days. Now 58 and am planning on doing a supported ride across Georgia this summer then may strike out on my own. Been riding the rails to trails and have enjoyed them.

Thanks again for sharing your look back ride.

Keep the wheels turning,


#59: Great ride, great report   (#1 in thread)
By Tom Sudduth on CST (1)
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Hey Dave. Thanks for posting your journal. Great fun to read. It was especially interesting to hear about the before/after lives of you and the others. Great adventure, great daring always takes us to wonderful, unexpected places, huh? Try children. :)

We live just north of you in Lake Orion now but come from Colorado and Wyoming so we have many common points of reference. Will look for you and Lisa on the Paint Creek Trail. Happy rolling. Tom

#60: Re: Great ride, great report   (#2 in thread)
By Dave Tuzinowski on CST in reply to #59 in board  
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Tom, great to hear from people in the neighborhood, and glad you enjoyed reading along. I have some friends that live in Orion, and we do ride the Paint Creek Trail often.

Funny, my roommates and I while in school at Oakland U, blazed that trail. We rode on the washboard railroad bed shortly after the tracks were removed in the mid 80's. We also blazed ALL the mt bike single tracks east into Bloomer Park and Yates. I can't wait until the Macomb-Orchard Trail is completed. Yes, look for us on the trails, I'll be the guy wearing the Tiger hat... oh wait, everybody wears those now. Ok, tall guy with Tiger hat.

Children? No, that is not for us.

We have many plans from here on out... After all life is about living.

Best Wishes,

#61: uphill and against the wind
By jim on CST
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I thoroughly enjoyed the journal.

#62: A great read!
By Scott - Australia on CST
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Hi Dave,

I thoroughly enjoyed reading your journal. Very inspiring!

#63: Your Journal
By Rhonda Durham on CST
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Accidentally found your journal and enjoyed it so very much. Live Life Now!

Rhonda Durham

#64: Re: Nerve damage   (#3 in thread)
By Dennis Schluter on CST in reply to #56 in board   (1)
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Hello Dave,

I came across your journal a couple of days ago, via Serendipity, and have thoroughly enjoyed it. In fact, I've only just posted my own journal from 1991, so a similar time frame, although I was your age now, back in 1991.

In particular, I noticed your mentioning the nerve damage to your hand. I suffered the same damage. In your journal you said that you could barely hold a fork at one stage; I was unable to brush my teeth with my right hand when it was at its worse. It came reasonably good after I got some new gloves, but like yourself, prolonged use of a computer mouse has the little and ring fingers on my right hand going numb...but enough of comparing medical notes.

It is a wonderful journal. Everyone has to experience the last day of one of these rides, for themselves, to understand what words cannot express.

Many thanks

#65: Re: Nerve damage   (#4 in thread)
By Dave T on CST in reply to #64 in board  
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Thank You very much, I'm glad you enjoyed it.

I have been contemplating removing my journals from CGOAB for some time now, so I'm glad you got to read it.

I'll look in on your 91 trip.


P.S. I use my left hand with the mouse now, right too painful.