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

Introduction

"How far you ride son?".... I just rode coast to coast from Virginia!
"VIRGINIA?".... Yes Sir, Virginia, coast to coast
"Damn, how was your trip?".... UPHILL AND AGAINST THE WIND, I said...
That phrase, uphill and against the wind, perfectly describes my journey as a 20 year old trans-continental cyclist.

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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.


This journal will be a recounting of that ride as if it was 1986, I plan to post my daily journal on the actual days they occurred.... only 20 years later. I will outline some of the details and inspiration for the trip in the years, months and days before departure. I will try not to bore you with useless details but give some insight into my thought process as a 20 year old about to embark and take an epic journey on the Trans America Trail.

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Almost 20 years later... Standing in the exact same spot as 1986. What a thrill it was to have this picture taken....AGAIN. Ahhhh, honey, get my bike please....


I didn't have the luxury of Internet back in 1986 to do any type of research of any kind for this journey. I have mixed feelings about that, on one hand much of my excitement comes from the road unknown. On the other hand I might have been nice to know what I was getting myself into. I believe the trip was better because it was more of an adventure of discovery for me. Please feel free to send me your thoughts on this, I'd welcome any comments.

My main source of information was the Bikecentennial Trans America route maps, state maps, and a Bicycling Magazine from March 1976. I still have that Bicycling magazine, it is a special Bikecentennial Trans America Trail Edition, more about it later.

I just turned 40 years old this year, but I'm told I don't look that much different than I did in 1986. This is not the only thing I've accomplished or done in my life the last 20 years......but it is by far the COOLEST!

Up Hill and Against the Wind... Wouldn't want it any other way.

Thanks for looking in, enjoy the ride!

Dave-


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