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

Day 41: Ness City to Scott City - Brutal headwind, another storm, and a newspaper

Thursday June 26, 1986, 57 miles (92 km) - Total so far: 2,097 miles (3,375 km)

Someone was shaking my tent pretty early, probably Gene, but I wasn't interested in getting up. I finally crawled out of the sack and found that everyone was gone, including Sheryl and Fred (usually the last to leave). I knew I way over slept and I'd have trouble with the winds. I quickly headed to the café and the BC group was just leaving. As they left they all joked with me about being the last one out of camp. In the café I sat at the counter and ate quickly to get rolling.

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Fred Berns, traveling in early morning Kansas

Look at the awesome scenery here.... Hey,I think I see a UFO?

The route today was straight and flat. Nothing as far as you can see in any direction except the silos. I quickly caught up the Fred, usually the slowest rider and last to arrive in camp each day. We watched a huge storm form to the NW of us and I thought about being in another tornado. Big bolts of lightning were lighting up the early morning sky and they were getting closer. Fred and I stopped to take a few pictures while we pondered what to do. Luckily for us the main part of the storm tracked off to the NE and away from us. The rain started and continued until we arrived in Scott City. I traveled with just my rain jacket on but was overheating because it was about 95 degrees before noon.

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Fred pulling over to checkout the storm

We caught up with the rest of the gang before Scott City, and I then took off because I wanted to be the first to arrive in town. Being the first to arrive in town would ensure that Clay didn't have any ammunition to kid me about being last out of camp today. The wind today, I would estimate was about 40 mph, from the SW and W, and traveling was done at about 8 mph today. 8 mph is about half of what my normal cruising speed is. The day was very long, hot and difficult. I arrived in Scott City at 12:30 and hit the BAR. (I emphasized BAR in my log book so I knew the day was tough)

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The sun was rising in the East and a big storm was brewing in the West

Check out what gear I'm in, the second lowest in the rear, my normal cruising gear was second from the bottom. Also not my hair blowing in the wind.

We all stayed inside at the Scott City Athletic Rec Club, where they had a pool and nice showers. It will be good to stay inside out of the rain and not have to pack up a wet tent. Somebody from the local newspaper come over and interviewed us and took our picture for the paper. I spent the rest of the day eating, swimming and resting.

Still no mechanical troubles but my right had is starting loose feeling in the last 3 fingers.


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