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

Day 34: Pittsburg to Pittsburg - Layover day, and another "buzz" of a time

Thursday June 19, 1986

Today is a rest day so I slept in to 8am. I got some breakfast and then headed out for a little sightseeing (in Kansas?) and to find a place to do laundry. I took it really easy today, staying out of the sun as it is the usual hot and humid day.

I checked out of the motel and headed for the city park for the free camping with the BC group. I spent most of the day swimming and lounging around the city pool. Done swimming I decided to give my bike a good check-over, since this is probably the last decent bike shop for awhile. I cleaned and lubed the chain, tightened all my cables, check each spoke, and checked both tires for wear. Sheryl asked me about a few things on her bike so I did some adjustments and then trued her front wheel.

While working on Sheryl's bike Rich and Gene were asking me a few questions about maintenance and I showed them a few tips and tricks. Everyone seems to have some pretty good knowledge about the basic stuff, but not so much on the wheel and spoke part.

Fred returned to the park with a fresh new buzz cut and everyone thought this was hilarious. Fred had this big Momar Kadafi hair do (or hair don't), and he was ready for a new look. Fred took more kidding about the buzz cut than Gene did (when he got one). Fred looked like he just got ran over by one of those big lawn mowers we've been seeing on the roads. Fred, you look better without the Momar do.

The winds have been up and out of the SW the last few days, which are an omen of things to come I think. I'm planning on getting up early as possible to beat the heat and the hopefully the winds. I'd like to be off the road by noon here in Kansas.

Nothing much else happened today to report. Tomorrow will be about 60 miles to Chanute.

[Author's Note:]- I should not have taken a day off in Kansas, but saved the day for someplace in the Rockies, such as Breckenridge ('86 version of Breckenridge) , or Tetons. If I ever did this trip again I'd blow right thru Kansas as fast as possible.

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