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

Day 53: Saratoga to Rawlins - High Plateau Through Nowhere

Tuesday July 8, 1986, 42 miles (68 km) - Total so far: 2,661 miles (4,282 km)

The morning was pretty cold again at 5:30am. I was shaking Gene's tent instead of him shaking mine, and finally he got up. We skipped breakfast and hit the road before the wind wound up.

The route went through nowhere to Rawlins. We rode on I-80 for about 13 miles, as there are no other roads to take here in Wyoming. The terrain was pretty flat, we didn't do much up or down on the high plateau. The wind was pretty light until 11am when started to gust up to 40-45 mph. A storm blew into the area and dumped some rain but quickly moved away.

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The moon?

I got a flat tire about 5 miles outside of Rawlins. I ran over some glass from a broken bottle I didn't see until the last second. I didn't want to swerve and get taken out by a car so I rolled over it. Gene waited while I did a quick tube change. I didn't bother patching it since I've had pretty good luck with flats. We have been running into more and more riders headed East on the TA Trail.

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Yes, I think it is the Moon!

Gene and I arrived in Rawlins when the wind started to blow so we took a tour of the penitentiary. The tour guide was more interested in hearing about our journey then telling us about the prison. We had a pretty good time and it was fun to see. Rawlins seems to be a dying town, as all the mines have dried or closed up. I camped with the gang at the RV World CG, and I wouldn't recommend it.

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That's better.

Some members of the BC group have been considering asking for rides because of the winds. Most of the BC members have been getting on the road a couple ours after I do and have to battle the winds. I won't ask for a ride, ever. I come this far under my own power and I don't want to start taking the easy way out. Worst case I'll camp on the side of the road until the wind dies down. I'm planning on a 5am get up tomorrow and Gene has his clock set. We'll try to beat the winds again.

Bed time 9pm ~


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