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

Day 55: Lander to Sinks to Lander - A day on the ranch

Thursday July 10, 1986, 15 miles (24 km) - Total so far: 2,811 miles (4,524 km)

I got up early with all the cowboys and headed for breakfast in the main house at Ma's. I ate all kinds of stuff eggs, steak, potatoes, home made granola. I ate so much I couldn't move for an hour. I spent the morning just goofing around the ranch with Steve and Stewart from Texas.

We decided to checkout the 'sinks', the disappearing river about 8 miles away. We took our time riding over as it was all uphill. The river just disappears into the ground and comes up about 500 yards away. It was nothing really special, it was pretty much a waste of time, and it did kill a couple of hours. We left the sinks and decided to have some lunch in town.

We sat around the bar eating a sandwich and had a few beers talking about or trips so far. The Texas guys started in Boston and are following the Trans America Trail until Missoula, and then they are headed north to Glacier, Banff, Jasper, west to Prince Rupert, down the west coast, finally, East back to Houston. I think they started about the same time as I did, but will be on the road probably another 3 months or so. We bombed around town for a little while before heading back to Ma's. I seen Fred in town and he said the BC gang were all staying in the motel tonight. We tried talking them into coming over to Ma's Boarding House tonight.

Back at Ma's, Steve was planning to go on one of Ma's overnight back country horse trips into the Wind River Range. Apparently he had the hots for the girl leading trip or she played him. I don't think Stew was going, he didn't want to be the third wheel. I was tight on money so I didn't go on the horse trip either. We were all sitting around Ma's when other bikers came in all complaining about the wind. Everyone was bitching and moaning until Steve told them I did 135 miles in the same wind yesterday. Yeah, take that! Everyone started calling me Wildman ..

We all ate dinner with the ranch hands again this evening. I've really enjoyed Ma's Boarding House, I wish I could stay longer but I got to head west.

[Author's Note:]- I didn't think to take any pictures at Ma's. I included a post card the the Texas guys sent me on sept 29, 1986 on their way down the west coast. I was at school and I was envious they were still on the road. Stay tuned, the Texas guys will be a key part of the journey. I saved all this stuff from my Trans America trip in a big box, it's essentially the way I left it in 1986. It really has been like a time capsule of memories.~

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