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

Day 39: Sterling to Great Bend - My Michigan accent?

Tuesday June 24, 1986, 41 miles (66 km) - Total so far: 1,973 miles (3,175 km)

I took my time this morning getting going, and I hit the road without eating. Some locals said the road between Nickerson and Larned was all tore up for road construction. I detoured north off route to Great Bend instead of dealing with pilot cars and construction. The first café was about 32 miles away, I stopped for some breakfast.

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The tallest buildings in town

The wind wasn't too bad so I took my time today just cruising along. I arrived in Great Bend about noon. Great Bend is a bigger Kansas town, off the official BC route and they are not used to bikers. I did a little sightseeing around town, but that didn't take but about 5 minutes. The weather was hot, sunny and humid once again. I guess this is the normal Kansas summer weather.

I didn't have much to do today so I went to the bar to get out of the heat. The waitress told me I have a "Michigan accent" and said she knew I was from Michigan. (The fact I had Michigan written all over my clothes might have been the dead give away) I asked her about this "Michigan accent", because this is news to me, and we don't have any accent from Michigan unless you are from the U.P. (The U.P. is the Upper Peninsula) She was telling me a bunch of utility repairmen from Michigan came down after a large storm to help with repairs a few years ago. The local girls went crazy for the guys from Michigan and ended up marrying them all. I'm sure these girls would have gone crazy for any guy that showed up here. That's the last thing I need is to get married and stuck here in Kansas.

Anyway, the waitress asked me if I wanted to stay at her house for the night. I guess she liked my "Michigan accent".... the one I don't have. We arrived at her house and she ordered some carryout food for and we sat around eating and having a few beers. I spent the night in her spare room, on a waterbed (who has a spare room with a waterbed?). I'm not sure where the BC group is staying tonight because I didn't see any of them all day.

Tomorrow over to Ness City, straight, flat, windy and I'll catch up with the gang there.


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