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

Day 4: Lake Anna to Charlottesville - Long day, hungry, Monticello, and a little rain

Tuesday May 20, 1986, 70 miles (113 km) - Total so far: 221 miles (356 km)

It rained all last night, thunder, lightning, the whole nine yards. The rain stopped at 6am at which time I bolted out of the sack and packed up camp. I'm pretty good about having things ready the night before and all I have to do is roll and my bag, tent and hit the road.

I headed for Mineral, which was a good bet for a café ......which it did. My breakfast was great, 2 eggs, sausage patties, hash browns, toast, coffee, all for $2.50. After leaving the café I ran into Gene and we ended up riding a talking most of the day. There is some definite changes in terrain today, many rolling hills with the climbs getting longer and longer. I guess I'll be climbing over the Appalachians shortly so I'll be seeing a lot bigger stuff than this. Actually, I'm looking forward to some mountains to see how I'll handle the hills.

Gene is a good person to ride with, he keeps me laughing most of the day. I had brainwashed Gene into not eating his Bikecentennial issued lunch and we went to a café in Palmyra. We both got some pretty good burgers, and I think he was done eating the group issued lunch from then on. (Sorry Clay).

The weather was cloudy most of the day and it sprinkled off and on when we arrived at Monticello. Gene and I took a short break and walked around Monticello for about 45 minutes. It was looking like rain and was getting late so we headed to Charlottesville and the campground. I've been really hungry today and I've eaten all my snacks before lunch so I'll have to start carrying more. Upon arrival in Charlottesville we rode past a McDonalds at which time I could not turn it down.

The evening was spent sitting around the picnic table while it sprinkled, drinking beer with the Bikecentennial group. We talked about tomorrows ride up the mountain to the world famous Cookie Ladies house, and we planned on spending the night there. It will only be 40 miles or so, but all uphill. I'm getting to know the rest of the group, more interesting stuff about them tomorrow.

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Mom wants to do the Trans Am now!

(hi mom)

[Author's Note] I didn't take any pictures on this day, so I'll post one of my Mom near Monticello, standing at a bike 76' route sign. My mom and dad went on a trip to Virginia a couple months after I returned, they happened to come across the Trans America Trail route marker.


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