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

Day 20: Bardstown to Hodgenville - Rain, rain rain, but yet another dry day....

Thursday June 5, 1986, 34 miles (55 km) - Total so far: 953 miles (1,534 km)

I woke up late today, about 8am and started getting ready to roll. The BC group was headed back into Bardstown for breakfast but I didn't go. I felt like riding on my own today so I headed toward Hodgenville alone. It was kind weird buzzing along in the early morning by myself. The terrain is rolling hills still and my speed averages between 15-18 mph. Did a little sightseeing at the Lincoln Birthplace.

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Lincoln Birthplace

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The weather was cloudy, with off and on rain for the first couple of hours. I was about 2 miles from Hodgenville when a massive downpour started so I pedaled like mad to the nearest restaurant to wait it out. The restaurant was pretty nice, I had a burger, fries, coffee, and I was hungry because I skipped breakfast. I sat in the restaurant for 2 hours watching TV with some of the waitresses (business was slow). All the waitresses were pretty cool and asked me all kinds of questions about my journey so far. It seems I end up answering the same questions over and over. I should get some stuff printed with questions and answers so I can hand them out, ha ha ha.

While I sat in the restaurant Steve came in. Steve is the guy I rode with couple days ago and thought he'd be farther west by now. Steve, myself and all the waitresses all sat around talking until the rain stopped. Steve and I planned on staying at the County Park and invited all the waitresses to come by and keep us company.

The rain stopped and we did some sightseeing around town. While we were goofing around the BC group arrived as the weather was clearing. The first thing Gene said was...."is it dry"? ....Dry.... I said. Gene almost broke down crying. The BC group headed to the fair grounds for the night and Steve and I headed to the county park.

This evening a couple of the waitresses came by the park and we all sat around talking and enjoying the nice evening. I wonder what the BC group was doing tonight.....? I invited the girls to the Rough River Dam SP, tomorrows designated stop.

By this point in the journey I don't know what day, month, time, year or even state I'm in unless I'm writing in my log book. Funny how you lose all sense of time and days while on the road.

P.S. Phil is still missing. ~~


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