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

Day 44: Eads to Ordway - Desolate Territory

Sunday June 29, 1986, 44 miles (71 km) - Total so far: 2,245 miles (3,613 km)

Up early again today, 5am to beat the heat. I watched the sun rise over Eads after I departed town. The land has changed dramatically, no more wheat, and trees are popping up every 100 yards or so. Sagebrush is now everywhere and the land is getting hillier as I head west.

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Sunrise over Eads Colorado

The weather is still 100 degrees, sunny, and humid once again. The road has been running parallel to train tracks for many days now. I believe the trains transport the wheat and grains from the elevators (silos). There is more farm traffic here, a bunch of trucks with trailers loaded with combines headed East. Traffic is pretty lite most of the day except a convoy of trucks every couple of hours. Not much scenery all day today, but I can make out faint mountains in the distance.

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Convoy of farm equipment

I rolled all day by myself today. Pretty desolate country here in East Colorado, not much population. I did pass 2 small cities Haswell and Sugar City, nothing open today (Sunday). I rolled into Ordway at 11am. Today being Sunday nothing was open, except the bar, and good thing because I wasn't carrying any food. I had lunch and a beer at the bar and waited for the gang to arrive. The BC group took their time, so I headed over to the Ordway Hotel and checked in. The hotel has special biker rates, $3. The rooms didn't have any air conditioning and it was like a sauna. I guess I can't complain for $3.

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This was the longest train you ever seen

I showered up and headed back to the bar, where most of the BC group was just getting into their first beer. Not much to really do today except stay out of the heat, so we all sat around drinking until it was time to eat again.

Nothing much interesting happened today, just a tough hot day that took it's toll on everyone. I'm looking forward to getting into the Rockies, and seeing some snow capped peaks and feeling some dry mountain air. The humidity has almost been unbearable the last 2 weeks. Tomorrow in Pueblo I'm getting a new tire and another pair of shoes to wear around, maybe some Nikes. I'm getting tired of just wearing these cycling shoes all the time.

I almost forgot, today is Mom's birthday. I'll call home and wish Mom happy birthday.

Bedtime 9pm, I'm tired .

[Author's Note:] - Happy Birthday Mom.~~


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