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Uphill and Against the Wind - TransAm E-W


Trans America Bicycle Trail E-W

4,641 miles (7,469 km) over 90 days from May 17, 1986 to August 14, 1986

Topic: Bicycle Touring  
Categories: Tour diaries, 1-3 months, TransAmerica Trail, USA Coast to Coast, East to West, USA East to West
Locales: North America, United States, Virginia, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, Oregon
Year: 1986

Copyright 2006-2009 By Dave T

Status: Completed Aug 1986Featured Journal #217

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Grand Teton National Park - July 13, 1986

I have this picture hanging on my wall, I've looked at it every single day since 1986.


Table of Contents

Introduction

Prologue: It's About the Bike... Or is IT?

      First Trip - to Mackinac Island
      Wolverine 200 Marathon: Double Century
      Bicycling Magazine, a Schwinn Paramount, and the Rec Room 1981
      Lake Huron Circle Tour 1982
      North Coast Tour 1983: Portland to San Francisco
      1984-1985: Basketball, Cars, Friends, College..... not much Cycling
      Final Preparations and Training: Sept 4, 1985 thru May 15, 1986
      I made the News!

Equipment

Detroit to Yorktown: Long Car Trip

Trans America Trail - The Beginning

Virginia

      Day 1: Yorktown to Jamestown - Someone calm my nerves please
      Day 2: Jamestown to Ashland - Awesome ride, others, and a cold beer
      Day 3: Ashland to Lake Anna - No 3 mile Islands please
      Day 4: Lake Anna to Charlottesville - Long day, hungry, Monticello, and a little rain
      Day 5: Charlottesville to Afton - The dog, uphill, uphill, uphill, and the Cookie Lady!
      Day 6: Afton (Cookie Lady) to Vesuvius KOA
      Day 7: Vesuvius KOA to Troutville - Brrrrrrr, it's COLD
      Day 8: Troutville to Claytor Lake SP - Tough roller coaster day, the heat, and a shower!
      Day 9: Claytor Lake SP to Wytheville City Park - The rain, wet ride, dinner and a movie
      Day 10: Wytheville to Damascus - "The Place", or is it..... "The Ritz"
      Day 11: Damascus to Damascus - Hangover, rest, and reflection
      Day 12: Damascus to Elk Garden Hostel - Killer climb, dangerous downhill
      Day 13: Elk Garden Hostel to Breaks Interstate Park - Awesome day all around

Kentucky

      Day 14: Breaks Interstate Park to Pippa Passes Hostel - Damn trucks, heat and humidity
      Day 15: Pippa Passes to Booneville - A great day.... NOT!
      Day 16: Booneville to Berea - Calling all dogs, Halt !, a few showers, and all you can eat ....
      Day 17: Berea to Berea - Rest day, sight seeing day
      Day 18: Berea to Harrodsburg - Rolling hills, no horses, more pizza, and Daniel Boone
      Day 19: Harrodsburg to Bardstown - A buzz cut, an old tavern, and a 100 item salad bar!
      Day 20: Bardstown to Hodgenville - Rain, rain rain, but yet another dry day....
            Note to Readers: Route Map
      Day 21: Hodgenville to Rough River SP - Nice ride, a cool shower and a hacky sack
      Day 22: Rough River SP to Sebree - Fred the bootlegger and a BBQ

Illinois

      Day 23: Sebree KY to Golconda IL - Finally out of Kentucky - long hot day
      Day 24: Golconda to Carbondale - Huge storm, a motel and finally a real shower
      Day 25: Carbondale to Carbondale - A great time in Carbondale
      Day 26: Carbondale to Chester - Popeye and the Mighty Mississippi River

Missouri

      Day 27: Chester to Farmington MO - The Ozarks start pretty tough
      Day 28: Farmington to Certerville - An irritating day on the TA
      Day 29: Centerville to Eminence - The Ozark National Scenic Riverways
      Day 30: Eminence to Houston - Ozarks finally come to an end
      Day 31: Houston to Marshfield - A Lazy Crazy Guy, a high dive, and a dugout
      Day 32: Marshfield to Ash Grove - Ohhh the Humidity

Kansas

      Day 33: Ash Grove to Pittsburg Kansas - Welcome to friendly Kansas and midway
      Day 34: Pittsburg to Pittsburg - Layover day, and another "buzz" of a time
      Day 35: Pittsburg to Chanute - Hot, windy and boring
      Day 36: Chanute to Eureka - Some late night YELLIN'
      Day 37: Eureka to Newton - The rain, the wind and another small Kansas town
      Day 38: Newton to Sterling - My lucky day!
      Day 39: Sterling to Great Bend - My Michigan accent?
      Day 40: Great Bend to Ness City - Straight road, uphill, and the winds
      Day 41: Ness City to Scott City - Brutal headwind, another storm, and a newspaper
            I made the news, again!
      Day 42: Scott City to Tribune - Finally nearing the end of Kansas

Colorado

      Day 43: Tribune to Eads Colorado - Finally Colorado!
      Day 44: Eads to Ordway - Desolate Territory
      Day 45: Ordway to Pueblo - My first flat tire, some new Nikes, and an old friend

Half Way Stats

      Day 46: Pueblo to Royal Gorge - An optical delusion?
      Day 47: Royal Gorge to Fairplay - Snow Capped Rocky Mountains
            The Big Race
      Day 48: Fairplay to Breckenridge - Rocky Mountain High
      Day 49: A parade, more Mexican food, and the Fireworks
      Day 50: Back on the bike
      Day 51: Kremmling to Walden - A cold morning and a Muddy Pass

Wyoming

      Day 52: Walden to Saratoga Wyoming - Finally, a Tail Wind
      Day 53: Saratoga to Rawlins - High Plateau Through Nowhere
            Mackinac Island: Mountain Biking - July 6-9, 2006
      Day 54: Rawlins to Lander - Ma's Boarding House
            Ma's Boarding House
      Day 55: Lander to Sinks to Lander - A day on the ranch
      Day 56: Lander to Dubois - The Wind River Area - Hey, it's windy here
      Day 57: Dubois to Moran Jct. KOA - Togwotee Pass and the Tetons
      Day 58: Moran Jct KOA to Jackson - Teton National Park
      Day 59: Jackson to Jackson - The "Coach"
      Day 60: Jackson to Colter Bay - Hidden Falls
      Day 61: Colter Bay to Old Faithful - Hail to the Victors
      Day 62: Old Faithful - Rest Day

Montana

      Day 63: Old Faithful to Quake Lake Montana - Big Sky Country
      Day 64: Quake Lake to Virginia City - Party Time
      Day 65: Virginia City to Dillon - A hang-over of a day
      Day 66: Dillon to Wisdom - Side trip to Bannack
      Day 67: Wisdom to Missoula - The Coup deta
            Note: Thumbnail and Slideshow features
      Day 68: Missoula to 520 South - "Get a List and Keep Planning"
      Day 69: 520 South to 520 South - Sightseeing around Missoula

Idaho

      Day 70: 520 South to Lowell Idaho - On my own for the first time since Yorktown
      Day 71: Lowell to Riggins - Join the parade
      Day 72: Riggins to Riggins - Salmon River float trip
      Day 73: Riggins to Hells Canyon - Idaho Oregon state line

Oregon - 10th and Final State

      Day 74: Hells Canyon to Baker City - One Hell of a day
            Stayin' Cool - Michigan Style
      Day 75: Baker City to Mount Vernon - Hot, headwind kinda day
      Day 76: Mount Vernon to Mitchell - Another late start...
      Day 77: Mitchell to Prineville - Central Oregon
      Day 78: Prineville to Sisters - A hair cut and the county fair
      Day 79: Sisters to Blue River - McKenzie Pass
      Day 80: Blue River to Eugene - One day to Pacific Coast
      Day 81: Eugene to Florence - COAST to COAST
      Day 82: Florence to Beverly Beach SP
      Day 83: Beverly Beach to Cape Lookout SP
      Day 84: Cape Lookout SP to Cannon Beach - A surprise reunion with friends
      Day 85: Cannon Beach to Astoria - The official end of the Trans America Trail
      Day 86: Astoria to Newberg - My cycling attire isn't proper!
      Day 87-90: Newberg Oregon - Final days

Epilogue +20: Final Thoughts

Where are we now?

      My Official Cookie House Picture


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