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

Day 35: Pittsburg to Chanute - Hot, windy and boring

Friday June 20, 1986, 59 miles (95 km) - Total so far: 1,711 miles (2,754 km)

I over slept until 6am today and the BC group had already departed. They tried waking me up but I told them I'd meet them down the road. I knew I should have gotten up because it was already hot and I could feel a hint of wind from the west.

I rolled out of Pittsburg after quickly eating some breakfast at the local café. The roads were pretty straight and flat today. The route traveled north to just past Girard (146) so I had a nice SW tailwind for a while. Once I turned west on 146 I had the headwind, and it started to pickup as it got later in the morning. The route passed through ranching and corn fields today. Apparently the wheat fields are farther west.

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Excellent Kansas Scenery...?

I caught up to the BC group in Walnut while getting some stuff at a store. I stopped and got more water and some snacks, because I didn't think there any services until Chanute. We all left Walnut together and rode in a pace line to minimize the wind today. The day wasn't long at 59 miles but the wind added an extra element to zap your speed down to about 9 or 10 mph. Probably today is the flattest terrain since day 1 in Yorktown. There were a few little hills to contend with but nothing like the Ozarks

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More... Excellent Kansas Scenery.

I arrived in Chanute about 1pm today after a long, slow headwind filled day. I camped in the Santa Fe Park, just outside of town. I got setup and hit the pool right away to cool off. I'm really glad to have a pool today because most riding is done with out any shade or cover.

As it seems Kansas, has another confusing set of liquor laws and it seems most of the state is dry, but it can be different at the county and city levels (you figure it out?). You can buy 3.2 beer in most places for carry out only. To get a real drink you have to go to a private club. In restaurants you are allowed to bring your own drinks, they call it brown bagging it or something.

Headwinds made it a pretty tough day.


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