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

Day 16: Booneville to Berea - Calling all dogs, Halt !, a few showers, and all you can eat ....

Sunday June 1, 1986, 60 miles (97 km) - Total so far: 809 miles (1,302 km)

I woke up at 5am and was ready to get out of Booneville at day break. Gene rode with me today and we pickup some breakfast a little farther down the road. I'm certainly glad to be gone from Booneville

The days riding was great, with rolling hills and only one major climb. The terrain has definitely changed today to rolling hills. We are now in the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky where there are many large ranches and grasslands. Somewhere along the way Gene and I met up with a TA cyclist named Steve. We all arrived in Berea at 11:30am and got a shower at the campground. I haven't had a shower in 1 1/2 hot, smelly days and I'm covered in coal dust.

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Kentucky Scenery

Photo courtesy and copyright by Gordon Hamachi

We talked Steve into going to lunch with us to Mario's all you can eat pizza for only $2.69. Mario's is famous in Berea for their all you can eat pizza and we just pigged out. We were unhappy that we couldn't have a cold beer for lunch because this is another one of those antiquated prohibition dry counties. We discussed the ride at lunch, each recounting the many dog incidents. I got chased by 20 or so dogs today and I used my halt until it was empty. Talk about running the gauntlet. We all enjoyed lunch and then Steve had to hit the road. We probably won't see Steve again as he is on the tighter schedule. I enjoyed riding with Steve and wish he'd be around few more days.

Back at the campground I took another shower, just to make-up for the shower I didn't get at the church hostel. The rest of the BC group straggled in and to the dismay of everyone it was a dry county. Talk about disappointment, you should have seen all their faces when I told them this was dry again tonight. It is very demoralizing thinking about a nice cold beer during the ride only to be denied. Brother Fred to the rescue, somehow Fred talked to the campground owner lady and he returned with 18 cold beers. Talk about a quick change in fortune! Brother Fred is the smooth talker of the group, and if any negotiations are involved he is the man.

Phil is still missing and has not called anyone to check in. Everyone had been worried because he is just "missing in action". I hope he hasn't thrown in the towel but just went off on his own.

I called home tonight and checked in with the family, so mom and dad could add another pin in the map. I also call my friend Matt, fellow hot rod buddy and roommate at college. I also talked to Matt's dad, he said they would come down and pick me up if I need it. They are like my second family, but no I wasn't in need of a return trip to Detroit just yet.

Tomorrow will be a day off, so I'll get some rest, do some laundry and checkout Berea College near by. Everything is going pretty well, still no flats, no broken spokes. I've been chased by a few dogs and yelled at by a few [censored for political correctness], run off the road many times by coal trucks, and covered in coal dust... but I'm still rolling and planning on being in Astoria.

[Author's Note:] I don't have any pictures of Kentucky, either I hated the state that much or I lost the roll. Pictures will return shortly.


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