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

Day 76: Mount Vernon to Mitchell - Another late start...

Thursday July 31, 1986, 63 miles (101 km) - Total so far: 4,048 miles (6,515 km)

Keyes Creek Summit 4,357'

The day was hot and sunny, so what else is new. I got another late start again, and I'm not sure why I'm so un-motivated to get up. Another late start was bad because of the heat, but I headed off for some breakfast and got rolling a quickly as possible. I had another nice inexpensive breakfast today here in Mount Vernon. It seems breakfast is pretty cheap in this state.

The route traveled downhill 23 miles to Dayville and then started to climb through the Fossil Beds and Picture Gorge up to Keyes Creek Summit at 4,357'. The 8 mile ride up to Keyes Creek Summit was all crushed gravel and road construction. Headwinds and road construction made travel slightly harder than it should have been. The downhill side of the summit was awesome, coasting all the way into Mitchell. The route traveled through rolling sage country just like in Wyoming. The ride was nice and the traffic was light most of the day. I arrived in Mitchell at 4pm and checked into the Oregon AYH Hostel, $6.25 for the night.

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I took this picture taking a shade break during the road construction.

After checking in to the hostel I cleaned up and headed next door to the café for dinner. Not much going on in town here. I'm pretty bored here to say the least.

I wonder where everyone is today? Steve end Stew? Gene? Clay and the remaining gang? I sure I'm days ahead of the BC group after all the high mileage days lately. I haven't passed any cyclists since Hells Canyon. I guess I won't see any until the coast. I'll probably ride hard until the coast then take my time going to Astoria and enjoy the scenery then.

I changed my rear tire and put on the folding spare. The other tire was showing cords and it was ready to wear through. I've still only have 2 flats on the road, so I guess I'm pretty lucky.


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