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

Day 15: Pippa Passes to Booneville - A great day.... NOT!

Saturday May 31, 1986, 70 miles (113 km) - Total so far: 749 miles (1,205 km)

Last night I sweat like a pig and didn't sleep well on the soft bed. I guess I've gotten used to sleeping with no padding at all. I don't think anybody slept well, as people were moving around all night. I wasn't looking forward to battling coal trucks and heat again today. I got up about 4am and told Gene I'm on the move so get out of the bag. Gene I guess, didn't like the idea of being out on his own so he flew out of bed and was ready to go.

We hit the restaurant and chocked down some food and got on the road. At 6am I could tell it was going to be the hottest day of the trip. We loaded up on water expecting a long hot day. It's was a pretty tough day, the 95 degree heat combined with coal trucks, coal dust, and those 20 or so steep long climbs. We ended up taking many cooling off breaks today, more than we usually do. I felt this was my worst day of the journey, the heat was just too much for me today.

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The Coal Trucks of Kentucky!

Photo courtesy and copyright by Gordon Hamachi

Gordon has graciously allowed me to use some of his Kentucky Trans Am pictures from 1982

Gene and I arrived at the Booneville Church Hostel and found out we had no water and no bathrooms as promised. The pastor was not very nice to us either. I'm not sure why they are treating us poorly? Isn't this a church? It already was a tough day on the road and I looked forward to a nice shower and a sleep indoors. It already was a day without a cold beer and now no shower or even toilets. Maybe the pastor is friends with the pastor guy in Damascus? I'm tired of Kentucky, can't wait to get out of here.

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Kentucky Scenery

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Today Phil has not arrived at the church hostel and is believed to be missing. Clay, the BC group leader has notified the police, and he hasn't been found as of 10pm. I think he might have opted for a motel after a long hard day. He was last seen fixing a broken spoke on the route, according to Fred. Maybe someone in the BC group is a crazy serial killer and he or she is going to pick off riders one by one. Ok, maybe not..... I guess I watch too many movies.

I hope Phil is chilling in a nice air conditioned motel room, while we sit around here smelling up the place. ~


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