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

Day 2: Jamestown to Ashland - Awesome ride, others, and a cold beer

Sunday May 18, 1986, 77 miles (124 km) - Total so far: 102 miles (164 km)

I slept pretty good last night and was anxious to get on the road. Up early I broke camp at 7am and looked for some go food. The ride followed along the James River into Plantation territory. I passed many huge plantations and civil war battlefields as I followed the trail toward Ashland.

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I can't drive..... FIFTY FIVE!!

I didn't know Sammy Hagar Rode the Trans Am?

The weather for today was hot, sunny and humid, estimating the temp being about 88-90 degrees. I really enjoyed riding in the early morning when it was cool with few cars and tourists to clog up the roads. The ride was great because of the scenery and the quality of the road. I clipped along at a pretty good pace, doing 50 miles before noon today.

The lunch stop was in Mechanicsville, and I ate pizza at the local dump. Resting for about an hour I hit the road for the last 25 miles or so. Needing some fluids I stopped at a store for water and the lady asked why I was so far behind the others. Others? She told me there were about 10 bikers in the store few hours ago.

The route was a little hilly near Ashland, otherwise not to bad. Arriving in the Americamps Campground the lady at registration told me to go camp with the others, and let me camp for free. Who are these others? Clayton, Fred, Phil, Gene, Diane, Sheryl, and Rich were the Bikecentennial Group I almost joined. I rode over and introduced myself and setup camp.

The group was pretty interesting, and everyone was very friendly. Clay asked me if I wanted a beer and flipped me a cold one.

I'm really excited about the trip now, as I remember my parting words to Tom before I departed home for Yorktown "I'm kicking Herb's Ass". I'm no longer concerned about making Oregon, things are just falling into place and I'm not going to fail. Bicycle touring is nothing new to me, and I guess nerves took over yesterday at Yorktown.

I've really enjoyed today and I looking forward to tomorrows ride.

[Author's Note]- The writings here are directly transcribed from my 1986 log book. ~


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