I have added a blog from Daniel Wolf, who is bicycling from Virginia to Oregon this summer.
Next year is the 40th anniversary of the TransAmerica Trail, a bike route spanning nearly 4200 miles coast to coast. About 4000 people rode the trail during the Bicentennial summer - the organization at that time (now Adventure Cycling) was called Bikecentennial. Somewhere close to 2000 riders, men and women of all ages, completed the entire ride. I was one of them, beginning in Reedsport, OR on a blustery June day in 1976 and riding into Yorktown, VA mid-August.
Mr. Wolf has embarked on what is an intensely personal tour of the USA. Please follow his blog and wish him well.