Robert 'C' Christopher,South Carolina,USA is a lovely man whom I befriended in San Diego before the tour started. He struggled on the hills but coped very well on the flat. He loves food and ate his way across America, eating four pancakes in one sitting. I was amazed to see that he brought a full sized pillow - comfort? He also had the heaviest bag which everyone refused to move.
Alannah Holgate, the second youngest cyclist is from New Zealand. She had a sharp wit and was always ready with a quick reply. Along with her father Alan, she enjoyed late starts and liked to stop for 2nd breakfasts. They were both strong cyclists but liked to take their time, explore shops and restaurants so were usually last into camp.
Jon Min, New Jersey, USA at 24 years was the baby of the group and one of the strongest cyclists. Jon was the 'flat king' having more flats than anyone else. He was constantly cleaning and fine tuning his bike. He was very helpful to me when I had problems with my phone and bike. After map meeting Jon would give us a weather report for the next day. A really lovely, friendly boy who is a credit to himself and his family.
Lisa Purnell, from England had no problems understanding my Scottish accent so she and I became friends from day 1. She has cycle toured extensively in the USA and had a fund of knowledge about America and tour life, almost like a 3rd tour leader. A very sensible, friendly girl she was popular with all but unfortunately had to take time out in the van due to health issues. She was knocked off her bike a few days before the end of our trip by a car driver opening a door in her path. Thankfully she had only minor injuries.
Merv Box, Washington,USA was one of the very early risers in camp along with Dee and Robert C. A strong, steady cyclist on the flatlands, he didn't like the hills. He and Dee cycled most of the trip together and were great friends. A very supportive, friendly man who who would go out of his way to be of help. Merv cycled EFI, from Coast to Coast.