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

Day 30: Eminence to Houston - Ozarks finally come to an end

Sunday June 15, 1986, 42 miles (68 km) - Total so far: 1,472 miles (2,369 km)

I awoke at 5:30am, packed up and headed out on my own again today. The BC group all headed to eat but I headed out for Summersville. I've been enjoying the riding alone lately, as it is so quiet on the road in the early morning.

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The Current River

Today's route had some good 19 and 20 degree climbs which made the first 6 miles take about 45 minutes. (I'm not sure if the climbs were that steep, but this is what I wrote in my log book and it only took me 45 minutes? Damn, I was fast) The route flattened out after Summersville, to bearable rolling hills. I can see a drastic change in terrain and I'm probably out of the tough Ozarks from here on out. I'm kinda looking forward to some flat days, because the rollers are really getting monotonous and getting on my nerves. No, it isn't really that bad and I like Missouri better than Kentucky.

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The Current River, again

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You guessed it, the Current River again

I covered the short 42 miles today in just a few hours, arriving in Houston at 10am. Houston is a medium sized town so I did a little sightseeing and laundry before getting lunch. After a small lunch I headed out to look for the city park and pool.

The city park is the place to camp tonight, and while I write this I'm in the middle of a picnic. I was invited to join the picnic and have some BBQ and beer. Everyone here is very friendly and asked all the usual questions.... you know the ones right? The BC group all showed up together and joined in on the picnic. It is like these people planned this picnic just for us, and it seemed we were all the center of attention.

Fred and I had our usual 5 minute de-briefing today, and we toasted the end of the tough Ozarks with a cold beer, and some tasty BBQ chicken. I'm Finally out of the Ozarks and nearing the end of Missouri. I'm planning on being in Pittsburg Kansas June 18 (3 days).

Riding by myself I've had lots of time to think about things. I wonder about what's going on at home? I thought about the poor suckers landscaping. What my 3rd year of college is going to be like. My chosen college major, or lack of one. Am I missing any fun at home? Surely it can't be as much fun as I've been having. One thing about this journey, there is way too much down time and too much time to just think. Tons of crazy stuff goes through your head.

It was a very warm day and the city pool is looking good right now. So I'll head over and cool off.

[Continued later in the evening]

While I was at the pool I ran into Vince and Angela, which was very unexpected. They said the Ozarks were tougher than they anticipated. We may be on the same schedule for the next day or so.

Everything still operating perfect with the bike, still no flats, no broken spokes. One small problem, my toe right clip has a small crack in it and it will eventually break. I'll get a new one at first opportunity.~~~~~


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