Superlatives

6 Oct

[Just like the high school yearbook]

Best State: Idaho — Gorgeous scenery, unspoiled for thousands of acres, incredible climbs and descents, beautiful camping, cool riding

Worst State: Kansas — friendly people but insane cross and headwinds, tortuous scenery, incredible heat

Most Underrated State: Missouri — Ozark National Scenic Riverways, friendly people, great city parks, rollercoaster riding

Most Overrated State: Montana — The Last Best Place? Why so many strip malls, trucks, unfriendly cops, run-down cities, and overcast weather then?

Most Hospitable State: Kentucky — We didn’t pay for food or camping a single night.

State With Strongest Bicycle Presence: Virginia — Bike Route 76 marked at every intersection. Cyclist sign-in books at cafes and restaurants. Tons of cyclists out on the weekends and in the evenings.

Most Memorable Climb: (Tie) Hayter’s Gap (VA) and McKenzie Pass (OR)

Most Memorable Descent: Unnamed pass between Richland, OR and Halfway, OR

Most Challenging Day: McKenzie Pass (22-mile, 4500-foot climb complete with dehydration)

Least Challenging Day: (Tie) Dillon, CO –> Breckenridge, Co and Williamsburg, VA –> Yorktown, VA — only 12-15 each day, on bikepaths or unpopulated roads

Most Memorable Scenery: (3-way tie) )Land-locked sand dunes, Oregon, Pacific Coastline, Oregon, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Most Memorable Overnight: Philips-Thurman House, Sonora, KY

Least Memorable Overnight: Intersection of CR 56 and Blue Ridge Parkway, Vesuvius, VA — in the frigid, pouring rain

Best Camping: Dillon Lake Reservoir, Dillon, CO

Worst Camping: CENEX Gas Station, Muddy Gap Junction, WY

Most Memorable Meal: (Tie) Rosh HaShana Dinner, Eureka, KS, Fajitas, Mineral, VA

Longest Day: 126 miles — Mineral, VA –> Williamsburg, VA

Shorteset Day: 13 miles — Dillon, CO –> Breckenridge, CO

Most Frustrating Day: 19 miles into other-worldly headwinds, south of Four Corners, KS

Wisest Decision: Perfecting cooking on a camping stove

Dumbest Decision: Eating tortillas covered in leaked propane fuel

More to come …!

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2 Responses to “Superlatives”

  1. Jay Singer October 7, 2010 at 9:09 am #

    Here’s two more:

    Best Son: Elliot Singer
    Best Friend of Son: David Drabkin

  2. Jay Singer October 9, 2010 at 10:51 am #

    This is a link to the YouTube movie of “David and Elliot Complete the TransAm 10-3-10”

    You may need to copy and paste it into your browser.

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