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

Day 64: Quake Lake to Virginia City - Party Time

Saturday July 19, 1986, 58 miles (93 km) - Total so far: 3,217 miles (5,177 km)

The night was pretty cold, 29 degrees as I'm told. I crawled out of sack to frost on the tent and my bike. I wore just about every article of clothing I was carrying this morning. I left camp at 7:30am and met up with Steve and Stew at the City Café.

Riding was very cold until the sun came into view starting to warm things up nicely. The route was mostly downhill until Ennis with very light traffic. We took our time today, stopping to take pictures and take it easy. The guys from Texas seem to have a much slower riding pace than I'm used to. After Ennis there was a 10 mile grade that took a little time and then a 5 mile downhill right into Virginia City.

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Madison Range looking East

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We all pulled into Virginia City and immediately looked for something to eat. The Texas guys found a trailer selling Mexican food so we stopped for lunch. We all got out lunch and sat down on the picnic table to watch the tourists. While eating lunch, 2 girls, (Stacey and Jenny) working in the city for the summer joined us at the table. We then spotted a Japanese guy fully loaded, and we waved him over to see where he was going, etc, etc. His name is Shinobu Nakamura, and he is riding around the world. He had all kinds of stuff on his bike, and we took a few moments looking at each others bikes. I had Stew take a picture of us before he departed.

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Shinobu Nakamura from Japan, riding around the world. I could have used Lisa's help here communicating.

After a couple hours hanging around town with Stacey and Jenny they invited us to stay in their apartment for the night. We got cleaned up and headed out on the town for the evening. While out on the town I reached into my pocket and pulled out a bunch of phone numbers, from the girls in Carbondale Illinois, this was the first time I wore my jeans since then. We spent most of the night going from apartment to apartment partying college style. The night was very entertaining we all had a great time staying up late, drinking way too many beers.

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Stacey, Steve, Stewart, Jenny (on the floor), and Me

The sweatshirt is an airbrush of the route the Texas guys are following


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