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

Day 50: Back on the bike

Saturday July 5, 1986, 51 miles (82 km) - Total so far: 2,489 miles (4,006 km)

I was up early as usual and ready to get back on the bike again. I ate all the pancakes I could stuff down my throat. Everyone was up early and we all headed out of Breckenridge together. I wish I could spend a 2 or 3 days in Breckenridge checking it out more but I got to roll on.

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Dillon resivoir

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There was a nice bike path all the way to Dillon that was a welcome change from traffic. Gene and I stopped near the town of Frisco and checked things out. Near I-70 the traffic and road conditions were horrible and I was glad it didn't last long. Riding today was pretty good otherwise, mostly downhill, in fact I think we dropped about 7300 feet into Kremmling.

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View towards Frisco Colorado

The downhill riding made the day go pretty quick today, and we arrived in Kremmling about noon. Kremmling is a real dump of a place, with not much going on. We did however get harassed by some moron locals, but a quick stop at the police station put an end to that. The police let us setup camp near the station so we would have any further problems.

We went to this dumpy diner for tonight's meal and it was the worst food and service we've encountered. The all you can eat salad bar didn't have enough stuff for 1 person, let alone 7 people. Gene got into an argument with the waitress and that was the highpoint of the meal. Gene wouldn't let anybody leave a tip and the waitress came running out of the diner screaming and yelling at Gene like a crazy person. Of course I thought this was hilarious, and I wish I had my camera. Good thing we are camping at the police station tonight.

What a real change from Breckenridge, and if wasn't all uphill I would have went back.

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Postcard sent home to my Mom and Dad

I indicated that I had my second flat in Pueblo. Really, the Pueblo flat was the first on the road. I got a flat in Kansas horsing around in camp. I got a flat from a "sticker" while riding on the grass around the tents.


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