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

Day 23: Sebree KY to Golconda IL - Finally out of Kentucky - long hot day

Sunday June 8, 1986, 88 miles (142 km) - Total so far: 1,180 miles (1,899 km)

FINALLY! Kentucky is OVER!

Got up early this morning and was excited about being in Illinois. Ate some quick breakfast and hit the road alone today. I guess Gene had too much fun at the BBQ because he was still sleeping. I knew the day was going to be hot as I was already sweating from the humidity at 6am.

The ride started out pretty flat but some rolling hills were also part of the deal. Took a short break in Elizabethtown for lunch but didn't stay long because it was going to be 95 degrees today. The day was long and difficult, and it didn't do much for my saddle sores. I put on powder about 8 times today. The terrain was flat, but with the heat, this was a very hard day. I crossed the Ohio River on a ferry boat, one just like Harsens Island ferry back home, it was only $1. I'm glad I didn't sleep in like everyone from the BC group, they got toasted in the hot afternoon sun.

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The Ohio River Crossing

Photo courtesy and copyright by Gordon Hamachi

Tonight I am spending the night in a church, it is nice to stay inside but there are no showers available. I'm getting pretty good at spit showers and this is the second or third day without a real shower. I'm glad to be inside where it is nice and cool. It's been one of those un-eventful days that not much really happened.

Today I'm finally out of Kentucky and thank God. Illinois will be a short 2 or 3 days then on to Missouri and the Ozarks. I'm thinking about taking a day off in Carbondale.

I'm pretty tired today and it's a wonder I still keep writing in this log book. I guess in 20 years when I'm old I'll want to have some memories of the trip. Tomorrow I'll be in Carbondale a few days, and I'll call home a see what is up.

[Author's Note] Funny, it is now 20 years later and this is the first time I've actually read my entire log book. I don't know why, but I did have enough sense to keep writing my daily log entries. Now that I am 40, I don't really consider myself old.

Gordon, thanks for the use of the Kentucky pictures.~


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