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

Day 9: Claytor Lake SP to Wytheville City Park - The rain, wet ride, dinner and a movie

Sunday May 25, 1986, 38 miles (61 km) - Total so far: 467 miles (752 km)

The rain started during the night and stopped around 6am. I jumped out of the bag and got packed up and headed for a café. No one else was up so I departed for breakfast on my own. I guess even Gene is tired because he is usually waking me up. The weather forecast is calling for rain today but I don't really care because it's warm today.

Stopped for breakfast in some little dump diner, but breakfast was pretty good. I had eggs, sausage, hash browns and coffee for $3. The BC group must really be dragging today because nobody went past for the 45 minutes I was there. Heading out today with no riding partner, it felt kinda weird not riding with Gene.

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The ole' 76er!

Soon as I got about a mile down the road it just poured. This is the first day I really wore my full rain suit, and produce bags covering my shoes. Really, riding was not bad and actually kinda neat. After 29 miles I stopped at another café and had some coffee and talked to the waitress for about an hour. She is a very interesting girl and I invited her to come hang out in Wytheville later today. I seen Phil ride by, so I paid my bill and chased after him in the rain. Phil and I rode the last 10 or so miles together in a heavy down pour. We pulled into the Wytheville city park and made our way to the pavilion to stay dry.

Phil is another very interesting guy from the BC group. He is a pretty smart guy and seems to know a lot about everything. He doesn't exactly fit in too well with the rest of the group. I like Phil, so we've been doing plenty of talking, and hanging out after the days are done. Phil has this method of securing his bike every night, he puts one of the tent poles through his rear wheel. If anyone tries to make off with his bike they'll end up dragging the whole tent with them. I think this is hilarious and offer to lock his bike up at night.

Most of the BC group members straggle in to Wytheville after taking their time, especially Fred. It was raining heavy so I went to the Chinese place and had some pretty good food. We all decided to go the movies and I decided to run back to the city park to see if the waitress girl came by. I didn't see her so I ran back to the movies and we all saw Jo Jo Dancer, which was ok, I guess. When I returned to the city park after the movie, I found a note from the waitress girl on the picnic table. I guess said girl came after all, and it figures I'd be at some stupid movie.

Tomorrow will be a nice 65 mile ride into Damascus, I understand it is "The Place" to be....


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