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

Day 24: Golconda to Carbondale - Huge storm, a motel and finally a real shower

Monday June 9, 1986, 66 miles (106 km) - Total so far: 1,246 miles (2,005 km)

Sleeping inside the church was great, with AC and no bugs for a change. Fred was up early (for a change) and rode with Gene and me today. The weather was pretty threatening when we departed and looked like we'd be riding in the rain once again today. We ended up taking a small shortcut near Goreville, and good thing because a massive storm hit as we approached the town.

In Goreville we sat in a café for about 2 hours waiting out the rain, when the rest of the BC group showed up. They ended up getting caught out in the storm and got totally soaked. Once the storm passed the 3 of us departed for Carbondale and the rest of the group took a break to drip off.

I ended up riding ahead of Gene and Fred just before Carbondale. I hope Fred isn't teaching Gene to ride slow. We reached Carbondale in early afternoon and Gene and I split a motel room. We sat around enjoying a cold beer waiting for the rest of the BC group, while talking about the day's events. I enjoyed riding with Fred, it was a nice change in our usual twosome of Gene and I. Maybe I can get Fred up early more often?

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What kind of crazy contraption is this? In 1986 these kinds of *bikes* were not very common. I met this guy on the road, he was going East on the TA and we talked breifly about his ride.

Everyone got settled in at the motel and we all went out for dinner and a nice restaurant. After dinner all of us walked around town, joking around as usual. Carbondale is a pretty neat college town, probably about the size of Port Huron at home. I'm looking forward to a day off, I need to get some things done, laundry, tight my head set on my bike, take a shower.

This is the first real motel I've stayed at on the trip so far. All other indoors accommodations have been churches or hostels. In 2 days I'll be able to see the big Mississippi River.

No problems with the bike, no flats yet, no broken spokes, and the tires look pretty good. Overall everyone in the BC group is doing well mechanically also, with minor stuff, like a flat or 2. Rich broke a spoke today and we'll fix that tomorrow, no problem.

I called home tonight and it was good to talk to everyone, in Michigan. Maybe I'll send out some postcards soon. Going to take another shower, since this is the first real shower in 4 days, then get some Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.


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