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

Day 69: 520 South to 520 South - Sightseeing around Missoula

Thursday July 24, 1986

After the party last night I was in no condition to go anywhere on a bike. We all slept in until 9am when we were awakened by Mary H. cooking French toast. People were lying all over the place, casualties of the party last night. Stewart pulled himself off the washer and dryer and stumbled his way into the kitchen. Everyone had a good laugh at his appliance hair, and on his forehead it said "Kenmore" in backwards letters. After breakfast we laid around for a couple hours recovering from the festivities. Mary Kay took me on a tour of the city in her car. We stopped by a travel agent and I purchased my plane ticket for August 14th, departing Portland for Detroit. I made my decision I'd complete the Trans America Trail in Astoria and then ride into Portland to fly home. I decided not to go north to Glacier with Steve and Stew, I just didn't have the time and money.

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Mary Kay getting loaded up for her return to Seattle.

While leaving the travel agent I seen Clay couple blocks away and I ran after him. He wasn't sure what and who will be left of his BC group. He said Fred flew home to take care of some urgent business and he'd be back shortly. Sheryl has decided to leave the group and her plans are unknown, and Rich was unsure what he was doing. I wanted to make sure Clay didn't think I was part of that mess a couple of days ago. Clay said he should have had me complete a BC group evaluation, since I was more of a group member then some of the members. Clay told me where they were staying and their potential itinerary, so maybe we'll see each other down the road. Incase I didn't see him again we shook hands and I thanked him for everything.

After talking with Clay, Mary Kay and I drove around see the sights before returning to 520 South. She talked me into staying another night and hanging out with everyone. We sat around all night playing cards, Hearts, which I'm the king of by the way (thanks to mom). I told the guys I'd be going alone on the final leg on the Trans Am. I just didn't have the money or time to go with them.

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Steve from Houston TX, checking his afterburner at 520 South

Being here is Missoula is bittersweet, Gene was on his way home, the rest of the gang was in turmoil.... but I also had a great time at 520 South with the girls and the Texans. I made the decision to leave Missoula tomorrow and head into Idaho on my own. A decision I might regret?

[Author's Note:] - I did question my decision, was I right or wrong? Keep reading to find out. I guess I did log where I purchased my plane ticket, here in Missoula.


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