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

Day 1: Yorktown to Jamestown - Someone calm my nerves please

Saturday May 17, 1986, 25 miles (40 km) - Total so far: 25 miles (40 km)

The first day of the trip has finally arrived, and I wished it was the last. I didn't sleep very well last night, in fact I didn't sleep at all. I kept thinking about how far it was to Oregon and how I'd gotten myself into this. My dad and Grandpa also didn't sleep very well as everyone tossed and turn most of the night. Finally about 5am I got up and went outside to check on the weather. It was so early I watched a brilliant sunrise come up over the bay.

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Yorktown, May 17, 1986

Dad and Grandpa got up shortly after and we all went to breakfast at the motel restaurant. I ate my food in a hurry, I guess I was anxious to get this started. I've dreamed about this day for years and it's finally here. We finished breakfast and made my way to the water to dip my tire and get a picture or two. After tire dipping I rode over to the Victory Monument, the official start of the Trans America Trail.

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Dipped my tire, really I did.

My Dad and Grandpa met me over at the monument for pictures and final farewell. I really didn't feel good, and I thought I was going to throw-up. I was either really nervous or it was all the breakfast I ate, maybe both. Many things were going through my mind at one time, and again wondered how I'd gotten myself into this. Pictures are done so it was time to roll.

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My Dad and I, checking out the bike.

My cycling shoes were new and I had a hard time getting into my toe clips as I wobbled around the street circling back for one last picture. Good thing my dad didn't say "this is a dumb idea lets go home", I might have taken him up on it. I'm glad he didn't because after I got rolling everything turned good, and I remembered why I wanted to do this.

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Time to ROLL!

Goodbye Yorktown...........

Getting a few miles down the road I started to get my confidence back and was very excited now that I'm underway. I really enjoyed the ride, the weather was great the roads were perfect. The days plan was only to ride to Jamestown, about 25 miles away. This short day was basically my shakedown and to get a plan for the next week or so of riding.

I arrived at the campground in Jamestown at about 9am, and I checked in and setup camp. The bike performed perfectly and handled like a dream with the front panniers, I wish I used these on previous trips. Once I got my plans for next few days together I decided to checkout the pool.

While at the pool my dad and grandpa showed-up, they were concerned after I wobbled my way out of Yorktown. I guess this was that offer to end this crazy idea and come home. I said go home, I'm fine, the bike is fine, and today's ride went extremely well. I'm doing this..... Dad and Grandpa left, hopefully they won't worry.

The campground was boring so I jumped on my bike and cruised around. I got my first helmet lecture of the trip by a group touring Williamsburg. I'm not but 25 miles into my trip and my first lecture, I just played along and didn't do my usual verbal barrage. (this won't last, because I hate helmet zealots) Heading back to Jamestown I ate at the tavern and waited out the night.


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