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

Day 77: Mitchell to Prineville - Central Oregon

Friday August 1, 1986, 47 miles (76 km) - Total so far: 4,095 miles (6,590 km)

Ochoco Pass 4,720'

Pacific Coast Countdown - 4 Days

You guessed it, the weather was hot and sunny once again today. I got up early for a change and got on the road after a stop at the local café. I knew the day was going to be tough and the early riding started out all uphill, with a nasty headwind no less. I'm not sure why I'm so lucky to have a headwind everyday?

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Today is yet another mountain pass, Ochoco Pass at elevation 4,720'. The pass has an uphill that just won't quit. Riding otherwise was not too bad and road construction was coming to an end. Finally a short day today, only 47 miles, this got me into Prineville about noon. Once in town I hit one of the local taverns and had a nice cold beer and some lunch. I plan to ride shorter days from now on.

I'm camping in the city park this evening, which will be big fun I'm sure. Today is August 1st and the 77th day on the road. I can't believe I'll be on the Pacific Coast in 4 days (Tuesday). I'm so close to completing the Trans America Trail I can smell it.... Or maybe that is my socks I smell?

Writing in this log book is a bunch of bull, it's always never up to date. Why am I wasting my time writing this?

4 Days to Coast
4,200 Miles Traveled
13 Days to Portland

[Author's Note:]- The last few days have been pretty boring aren't they? Better stuff coming soon. (if anybody is still reading, ha ha)


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