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

Day 43: Tribune to Eads Colorado - Finally Colorado!

Saturday June 28, 1986, 57 miles (92 km) - Total so far: 2,201 miles (3,542 km)

Everyone was up early in anticipation of entering Colorado. There was an unusual buzz of excitement this morning as we all headed to the café. At 5:30am it was already windy, 20-25 mph from the west. I'm really tired of this wind, it's consciously been bothering me for about 10 days now.

We all departed together but then got all strung out because of different riding paces. Gene and I rolled all day together, taking turns blocking the wind. We haven't played a game of catch up in a long time and decided against it today because of the winds. It was a very hot day, 100 degrees with not one bit of cover for shade. The final miles up to Colorado state line were pretty much the same as the last 10 days.

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Good bye Kansas... it was fun

Gene and I finally made Colorado and stopped to take some pictures at the sign. We didn't stay long as we were roasting in the sun. It's was so hot we rode most of the morning without shirts today. Eastern Colorado is pretty much the same a Kansas, flat and boring. Where are the mountains? The terrain is definitely transitioning from farm lands to low scrub country. I'll be glad never to see dusty farms lands and wheat for a long time.

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Gene has arrived... in Colorado!

We arrived in Eads pretty early and went for some lunch. After lunch the rest of the BC group arrived and we headed to the city park for our overnight accommodations. Gene, Sheryl and I headed to the pool to cool off. We sat around it the shade for a couple hours before heading back to get camp setup. Eads is pretty small and boring so Clay, Gene, Diane and myself headed to the bar to have a cold beer. We sat around most of the afternoon joking about how brutal Kansas was. We met a bunch of locals and the owners of the bar, they were asking us all the usual questions. It was a pretty fun afternoon and then we all wobbled back to the park.

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Near Eads Colorado... Hey, I thought we were done with this crap?

We'll be on top of Hoosier Pass in 5 days, it is the highest elevation on the Trans America Trail at 11,542 feet. Then into Breckenridge for the 4th and a day off. Still no flats on the road, but the rear tire is almost worn through. I'm planning on buying a tire in Pueblo in a couple of days. I probably should have rotated the tires but I didn't really think about it. The front tire is still like new.

[Author's Note:] - Even with Kansas being flat as it is, this was some of the toughest riding I've ever done. ~


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