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

Day 80: Blue River to Eugene - One day to Pacific Coast

Monday August 4, 1986, 63 miles (101 km) - Total so far: 4,252 miles (6,843 km)

Coast Countdown - 1 Day!

The morning was cold when I awoke a 6am. I was looking forward to a nice day of riding into Eugene. I got packed up and headed for the café 9 miles away. I ate slow hoping it would warm up a little. What a change of conditions in the Cascades from the dry, hot high desert of Eastern Oregon.

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I rolled out of the café with perfect sunny weather. The route was downhill (mostly) into Springfield. As the morning wore on the day warmed up to a warm 85 degrees. The ride was pretty good and I rolled into Eugene at noon and pulled into McDonalds for lunch. After lunch I tooled around town checking out the sights and things to do. While goofing around I discovered that camping is no longer allowed in Armitage SP. Bummer deal because that was my designated camping location for the night. Now what?

I sat around town contemplating my options when I met some local cyclists who recommended an inexpensive motel up the road. The locals didn't even care I wasn't wearing the requisite cycling clothes or helmet. They could tell by the condition of my gear and clothes that I've ridden a long way. We ended up talking for an hour or so sitting in the shade.

I finally headed up the road to find the motel. I checked in and they only charged me $19 for the night. I spent the evening in agony thinking about the end of the road. Tomorrow is the big day, I'll be at the coast..... Then what?


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