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

Day 63: Old Faithful to Quake Lake Montana - Big Sky Country

Friday July 18, 1986, 61 miles (98 km) - Total so far: 3,159 miles (5,084 km)

Montana

Gene and I were up at 6am so we went downstairs to the restaurant to eat breakfast. The morning was cold so I wore pants and a long sleeve shirt. When we were getting ready to depart the rest of the BC gang showed up for breakfast. Clay was carrying his purse as usual. Clay carries his handlebar bag everywhere he goes, I think he is surgically attached to it. It is hilarious to see Clay walking around in his blue shoes carrying his handlebar bag. (Sorry Clay, this is what I wrote in 1986 ha ha ha)

We departed and headed toward Norris Geyser basin and the west exit at West Yellowstone. The sun flickered on and off until 9am when the rain started. The rain was just a sprinkle so it didn't really bother me at all. What did bother me was the 30 something degree temperatures. I wore socks on my hands to keep them warm.

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The route was mostly downhill all the way to Montana. We finally reached West Yellowstone and went to a café to warm up for an hour or so. I finally did some laundry in West Yellowstone and it felt good to have clean stuff again. The ride into Montana and the Quake Lake area was tough riding into the wind. Gene and I arrived at the Slide Inn Campground right when a storm hit. The wind picked up and freezing rain fell for about an hour or so while we waited under cover.

Once the storm passed through the sun came out and it was a perfect warm day. It is amazing how quickly the weather changes out here. Gene and I got camp setup and the rest of the BC group finally rolled in.

I guess tempers are heating up once again in the BC group. I'm still not sure what is the problem people are having, and I try to stay out of it. Gene isolates himself from everything and is pretty flexible, from what I can tell. Sometimes the conditions can play tricks on you out here, and you have a lot of time to just "think". Everyday I can keep riding is a pretty darn good day and I've been having a great time.

Why do I keep writing this garbage? I won't care about this stuff once I'm back in college.

P.S. only 27 days left.

[Author's Note:] - I'm already thinking about when I have to go home. At this point I always had a metal note of "how many more days I had left" until Portland. Somewhere along the way I calculated when I'd be in Portland and purchased a plane ticket to Detroit.

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Norris Geyser Basin from my 04 Yellowstone Trip

(this and all pictures below are from 2004 trip)

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