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

Day 28: Farmington to Certerville - An irritating day on the TA

Friday June 13, 1986, 50 miles (80 km) - Total so far: 1,390 miles (2,237 km)

The night was very hot and muggy, the weather must have changed. Yesterday was a nice cool low humidity day so a weather front must have passed later yesterday evening. (I guess I should have been a weatherman) Camping in the park was noisy and I didn't get much sleep so I was up early. Vince and Angela also couldn't sleep so we all packed up and headed out on the road.

The terrain on the route today was rolling hills with some steep but short climbs. You either crawling uphill or speeding downhill, never any flat riding. The beginning of the Ozarks started with a bang, with some tough steep climbs right in the beginning of the day. We stopped at Johnson's Shut Ins State Park to do some sightseeing. Erosion created a spectacular cascading river with cutes and slide pools. I watched some kids goofing around in the water while I had a snack.

The three of us continued on our way to Centerville at which time we arrived at 11am. Vince and Angela were going to continue on to Eminence and wanted me to go with them. It was another 40 miles and I debated with myself the reasons to keep going to Eminence. I didn't go on to Eminence so we said our goodbyes and I headed out to look for lunch.

After eating a crappy lunch I was really regretting not continuing on with Vince and Angela to Eminence. Centerville is pretty boring with nothing to do, so I started to get really angry at myself. I thought about just going on but Gene, Rich and Sheryl finally arrived. We all sat around Centerville together bored to tears.

Fred arrived later on and was telling me about how he was swimming at Johnson's Shut Ins SP and how he had a great time. I probably should have hung back and rode with Fred today because Centerville is a real waste of time.

We all camped in the park behind the school, and bugs were the main feature. The evening was quiet and we all sat around talking about the west and what we were going to cycle thru. We continued our debate about E-W vs W-E. I'd rather go west, like the early settlers did, and plus I'd never really been in the Rockies.

Late into the night Bill from NC showed up and was making all kinds of noise getting setup. He is going E-W but on a rapid pace. I opened my tent and said hello, and he asked me if there was anything to eat anywhere I laughed and zipped back up.

[Author's Note:] This is one of those days that were just irritating, the never ending climbs, the muggy weather, and the small boring towns with nothing to do. It finally added up to just a really crappy day. I remember this day all to well, and to me it is one of the throw away days of the journey. I was so consumed by the day that I took zero pictures.

Disaster at Johnson's Shut Ins SP On Dec. 14, 2005, the upper Taum Sauk reservoir on Proffit Mountain breached, sending more than 1.3 billion gallons of water cascading down the mountain toward Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park. Water rushed through the park, leaving a path of destruction from Highway N, through the campground, past the store, through the shut-ins and down the East Fork of the Black River.~ ~~


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