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

Day 31: Houston to Marshfield - A Lazy Crazy Guy, a high dive, and a dugout

Monday June 16, 1986, 60 miles (97 km) - Total so far: 1,532 miles (2,466 km)

The weather was very hot and humid once again when I awoke at 6am. Nobody else was up and I didn't see Vince and Angela anywhere so I set out on my own again today. I figured I better eat a good breakfast as there aren't a lot of services before Hartville.

The route is rolling hills with a few short steep uphills. I've been trying to race down the downhill side to gain enough momentum to get up the other side of these roller coasters. It seems like these rollers will never end, and today I've been getting some SW winds that I'm not to happy about. I stopped in Hartville to tank up on water and take a short break.

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Missouri country

Just west of Hartville I stopped at Lazy Louie's Bike Camp to say hello. I've read a few things about the bike camp and I wanted to see it, but unfortunately, it wasn't in my schedule to stay the night. Lazy Louie came out and told me to get setup and he'd make some cold drinks. When I told Louie I wasn't staying the night he just about freaked out, and started cussing and swearing at me. I was kinda surprised and actually feared for my safety at this point. Just as I was getting ready to get the heck out of there, Clay, Diane, Fred, and Gene showed up. Clay told Louie he was the BC group leader and they weren't staying either. Louie then un-loaded a verbal barrage at Clay that caught him also by surprise. Clay had a few choice words for Louie then explained the situation.

I was not impressed the famous Lazy Louie Bike Camp or Lazy for that matter. He didn't have to get all bent out of shape because I didn't stay the night in his camp. We all departed Lazy' in route to Marshfield and hoped Crazy Louie didn't come after us with a shotgun. Clay, kidding, asked me what I did piss off Lazy Louie. I just said I wasn't staying the night in his camp and he unloaded on me. Maybe we should have had Fred be the point man at Lazy'? It all became a big laugh and we joked about it all the way to Marshfield.

I arrived in Marshfield around noon and headed directly to the pool to cool off. The pool was very nice with a high dive and good showers. I spent most of the afternoon lounging around the pool.

I was supposed to camp at the city park behind the baseball diamond but a game was going on so I just sat in the bleachers for a while. A second game was starting and they were short on officials so they asked me if I knew anything about baseball.....Indeed I did. I officiated the field for the entire game and handled it without any incidents. Good thing it went smoothly because I didn't want some kids dad clubbing me in the middle of the night because I called his kid out at first. Once the games were over I didn't really feel like setting up my tent so I just slept in the visitor's dugout. All in all it was a pretty fun day, and I even forgot about Crazy Louie.

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[Author's Note:] I have read about people having very different experinces than my own at Lazy Louie's bike camp. I can honestly say that I feared for my safety. I was 20 years old and maybe I was being overly cautious. I was certainly gald to see the BC group show up. [Author's Note #2:] The crazy guy is no relation to the webmaster Neil Gunton.~


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