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

Day 75: Baker City to Mount Vernon - Hot, headwind kinda day

Wednesday July 30, 1986, 89 miles (143 km) - Total so far: 3,985 miles (6,413 km)

Summit 4,500'

Summit 4,900'

Summit Tipton 5,124'

Dixie Summit 5,277'

The Weather was hot and sunny, just like the past month. I got up late again, I guess I'm getting lazy without nobody to ride with. I got packed up in about 15 minutes and headed to the Red, White and Blue Café. I had pancakes for $1 and coffee for 10 cents. I took my time eating because I decided I need to go to the bank and post office when they opened.

I finally departed to a roller coaster ride with light traffic. The route took me over 4 summits today, 4,500' summit, 4,900' summit, Tipton Summit 5,124' and Dixie Summit 5,277'. The 8 miles up Dixie Summit was brutal in the heat and was heavy with truck traffic. The wind was directly in my face most of the day. I planned on camping in John Day but the park was trashed so I wasn't interested in staying. Near Mount Vernon Clyde Holliday state Park has hiker biker area so I rode on. The SP was nice, good camping, showers and only 1 mile from town.

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My bike and gear has held up pretty well, no major problems since Stew and I broke spokes in Montana. The rear tire is starting to show threads and will probably not last long. I might swap it out with my folding tire because I don't have the money for a new one and I'm not far from the Astoria. My right hand has some serious nerve damage, I can't use the last 3 fingers on my right hand and I can barely hold a fork.

I'm planning on being at the Pacific Coast in 7 days, and this trip is quickly coming to a conclusion. Yorktown seems like so long ago now. In fact everything in the east seems such a long time since I was there. I still remember how nervous I was on day 1 and now I'm almost done with the Trans Am Trail. I getting excited to get to the ocean, but also means the end of the road soon.

Today was another high mileage day in hot, sunny weather. I forgot I was trying to slow down. I have 2 weeks to get to Portland.

[Author's Note:] - only 634 more miles left in the journey.


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