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

Day 29: Centerville to Eminence - The Ozark National Scenic Riverways

Saturday June 14, 1986, 40 miles (64 km) - Total so far: 1,430 miles (2,301 km)

The day was hot and I could feel it at 6am when I got up. Nobody else seemed interested in riding early so I packed up, hit the road and got some crappy Centerville breakfast. Today is flag day and someone in the restaurant gave me a small American Flag to fly on my bike.

I rode by myself all day and it was kinda nice for a change to be out alone. Goodbye Centerville, I won't be back. The route was very tough, with steep climbs going through the heart of the Ozarks. I cycled through part of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. There are many rivers here in Missouri that are spring fed, and the current and Jack's Fork are 2 of them. I crossed the Current River and some tributaries of the Current today. The scenery reminds me a little of parts of Michigan, except with some big mountains.

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Entering....... Well, you can read

The day was only 40 miles and it was a pretty nice ride today, except for some occasional headwinds. I hope this isn't an indication of what's to come? I arrived in Eminence at 11am and stopped at the Dairy Queen for a well deserved chocolate shake. I met some people in town, and they asked me the usual questions.... "Where are you going?", "Where did you come from", "How tall are you?". I answered, 1. Crazy, 2. Mars, 3. Too tall to be a horse jockey. They all thought my answers were funny.

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The Current River near Owl's Bend Missouri

Note the Flag in the Handle bar bag for Flag Day, my Carbondale souviner on the seat post and my SS350 hat I never wore.

Apparently there is a cross country trail ride in progress and there are 2000 horsemen in town this weekend. I really hate country music so this whole scene is pretty funny to say the least. After the DQ I grabbed some lunch and decided on camping for the night.

I headed to the Circle B campground, right on the Jacks Fork River and got setup. I swam the rest of the day in the crystal clear river. Compared to yesterday, today was fabulous and I was enjoying the campground.

The BC group showed up at the campground and we all had a couple cold beers before walking into town for dinner. In town a live band was playing and a street dance going on, so we all joined in the festivities. The evening was pretty fun and everyone had a pretty good time, although, I'm pretty tired of hearing YEEE-HAAAA.

Eminence is a nice little town that comes alive 3 times a year for these horse trail rides. I wish I had rode on yesterday with Vince and Angela and then stayed an extra day here. Centerville was a waste, and I can never get that day back.

Today is 1 month on the Trans America Trail.... Yeeee HAAAAA !!!!!!!!!!!!! ~~


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