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

Day 8: Troutville to Claytor Lake SP - Tough roller coaster day, the heat, and a shower!

Saturday May 24, 1986, 73 miles (117 km) - Total so far: 429 miles (690 km)

Didn't sleep very well last night, it was cold, too many bugs and that stupid train freaked the crap out of me. Was up early just because my accommodations were horrible and the worst of the trip. I was glad to get up and get the hell out of there with Gene. We did our usual routine, get to a diner early, eat good breakfast and hit the road. This being the holiday weekend we anticipate lots of idiots on the roads.

Today we headed for Claytor Lake State Park, about 75 miles. The weather looking pretty good, sunny, hot and humid is the forecast. It is pretty foggy this morning as we departed the diner for Claytor Lake. The scenery is amazing here in Virginia, and I can't imagine what could be better than this until we reach the West.

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Typical early morning weather in the mountains

I loaded up on snacks and stuff because I knew today would be pretty tough. At the supermarket yesterday I bought, cookies, crackers, jerky and some grapes. I also swiped some of those produce bags on a roll (about 20 of them), these bags have all kinds of uses. I open all my snacks and store them in these bags, it's less weight and they pack better. I even use these bags to cover my feet when it rains (no, not the same ones with the snacks in them), which I've already done a couple of times this trip. When the people from the BC group see this I got laughed at pretty good, but..... my feet were dry and theirs weren't. I only had one pair of shoes, so keeping them dry was a must.

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We got to Christiansburg and looked up at this wall of a climb into the city. The road almost looked vertical as we approached it. Gene and I looked at each other and just laughed....... are you kidding me? Slowly but surely I made it to the top in my lowest gear, and Gene was a few minutes back. Not once have I had to walk my bike on any hill climbs so far and the streak stays alive today. Man, if I can make that hill, I can make anything. We took a well deserved break for lunch and talked about all kinds of crazy stuff.

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We arrived at the Claytor Lake SP in late afternoon. Today was the hardest day of the trip so far, it was sunny, hot, humid and very mountainous terrain. The unfavorable conditions took its toll on everyone including myself today. Two of the BC members are threatening to quit and the thought did cross my mind for about a half a second. No way am I quitting . EVER! With the holiday weekend brought higher traffic, which also contributed to the conditions. Today I finally took a shower after a day and a half of smelling bad.

Another guy from the BC group is Fred from Washington D.C.. Fred is quite a character in his own right and he keeps me laughing. Fred and I have these short de-briefings after each days ride, talking about how things went. Fred would wander into camp long after everyone has arrived, he is always stopping and talking to people and taking pictures. Today Fred arrived and I was laying on the picnic table and Fred came over and said "Big Dave, how was your ride", I was so tired I just gave him the "thumbs up", then I said "you?" Fred flashed "thumbs up" .... Everybody's tired today.

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I sent home this post card before departing Troutville . My parents kept all the postcards and recently gave them back to me. Checkout my Bike/USA logo.


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