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

Day 70: 520 South to Lowell Idaho - On my own for the first time since Yorktown

Friday July 25, 1986, 130 miles (209 km) - Total so far: 3,602 miles (5,797 km)

Idaho

Lolo Summit 5,235'

I woke up at 6am and reluctantly got ready to get back on the road again. I didn't feel very enthusiastic about riding without my friends. Mary Kay got up early to say goodbye and tried talking me into staying another day. She cooked some breakfast while I said goodbye to Steve and Stew. I had to wake the bums up just to say goodbye, ha ha. It was really hard leaving everyone and I was mad that I had to do it. I've had some great times with everyone, not only here at 520 South but with everyone in the BC group as well. It felt like day 1 all over again in Yorktown.

I said my final goodbye to Mary Kay in the driveway and rode off alone. I got down the street towards malfunction junction and looked back. I left Missoula on my own and headed into Idaho and the road unknown. It felt weird not having anyone to ride with and talk to, but I got used to it real quick. As I pedaled into Idaho I started remembering all the fun times I had with everyone, with Gene riding in the early morning, having a beer with Clay and Diane, my nightly de-briefings with Brother Fred, the camaraderie of riding with Steve and Stew, the fun with all the UM girls.

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Top of Lolo Summit, and into Idaho

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it says bicycles should stay off the road

Finally, I rode up over Lolo Summit 5,235' into Idaho then a nice decent into the Lochsa River area. The riding was pretty good with a downhill grade most of the day. For the first day I didn't have any plans on where I was camping tonight. I just rode out and made it up as I went along today. I stopped at a lodge along the Lochsa River and had the "Lochsa Burger" with fries. Everyone in the lodge was staring at me like I was from Mars or something. I stopped at a campground but there were no showers so I pressed on another 25 miles to Lowell.

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Looking west from Lolo Summit

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Lochsa River

I got into Lowell at 7:30pm, after 130 miles of riding. I pulled into the private campground and got setup. The owner said the restaurant was open until 10, so I got a 16oz beer and sat in camp relaxing. I felt really weird having a beer without the beer gang, and all the joking around that went with it. Nobody in the campground seemed interested in talking to me so I got some food and hit the sack.


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