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

Day 42: Scott City to Tribune - Finally nearing the end of Kansas

Friday June 27, 1986, 47 miles (76 km) - Total so far: 2,144 miles (3,450 km)

Today the wind was very mild at 5:45am, about 5mph. I departed the Athletic Club and rode non-stop all the way to Tribune. I rode hard early to avoid the expected winds. I was alone on the rode because the BC group was taking too long to get organized, including Gene.

The ride was not too bad wind and weather wise today. The route is still SR 96, still flat, hot and boring. This has got to be the most boring state I ever been to, thank god for Colorado tomorrow. There have been many unexpected surprises in Kansas, like the bugs, the winds, road conditions and even the food. I didn't expect the winds to be as harsh as they have been. Everything I've read about the people is true, everyone is very friendly and generous here in Kansas. The roads have seen better days, probably because of all the farm and truck traffic.

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You're kidding me, right? There's no wind here... ?

The wheat harvest is just getting complete and all the harvesters are heading north. A large convoy of 50 or so trucks passed me today. It is amazing to see all these combines lined up harvesting millions of acres of wheat. I've never seen anything like it. Not much to see in any direction except dusty farmlands. The lack of scenery has really been weighing on me the last couple of days. I'll be glad to get into the mountains in Colorado.

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Incredible scenery.... I can't take my eyes off it!

I arrived in Tribune pretty early, like 9:30am so I checked out the town, or lack of one. It seemed more like a ghost town and nobody was on the streets. I felt like I was in the twilight zone... where is everybody? I didn't have anything to do so I ate breakfast and then got some stuff together to mail home. Sent home more film, maps, and other useless things I didn't need.

The BC gang wandered in about noon while I was at the pool. Everyone was lying around in the shade trying to stay cool. Sheryl and I went to the grocery store, and I re-load on snacks and stuff to eat while on the road. Sheryl was telling me about some dissatisfaction in the BC group. Clay was doing a pretty good job as group leader as far as I can tell and I didn't think there way anything really to complain about. I think people are getting frustrated with the wind and conditions and that is part of it. No question this has been some of the toughest riding of the journey so far.

I always try to keep things upbeat and fun in camp, everyone has to put up with my shenanigans and joking around. No cause for displeasure for anything anyone has done or not done, especially directed at Clay. I get used as the neutral sounding board by all members of the BC group. Everyone asks my opinion and I say the same thing, I'm just here to do some cycling, see the county and enjoy a beer or 3.

Diane seems to be the coolest (as in cool headed) one of the gang, she is an excellent rider and never has any complaints. Diane is a funny girl, especially after a couple of beers. Diane is about 5 foot nothing tall, we look funny standing next to each other.

Tomorrow Colorado....YES! ~~


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