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

Day 25: Carbondale to Carbondale - A great time in Carbondale

Tuesday June 10, 1986

I slept in until 7:30am and took a long hot shower. Gene was up shortly there after and we were looking for some breakfast. We went next door and took our time eating today since we didn't have to really go anywhere. After breakfast we got our stuff ready to go into town and get our list of things done.

First stop of the day was to do some laundry. I washed everything I possibly could, and I stood in the laundry mat with just my shorts on. Once the clothes were cleaned and dried we went to the bike shop where Gene wanted some new shorts and some new tubes. My headset has been loose and I don't have a wrench big enough to tighten it so the bike shop tightened it for free. The guys in the bike shop were pretty cool, asking us about the trek so far and if we had any mechanical problems we needed fixed.

The weather today is pretty hot, about 92 degrees and humid. So far on this trip there have been no real comfortable days, it's either rainy or hot and humid. So with the warm weather and our stuff done we decided to get lunch at a pub. We had a sandwich and relaxed a little, while watching some TV.

After lunch we headed back to the motel where everyone else was checking their bikes, doing small maintenance and cleaning. Rich had broken a spoke yesterday and Clay was helping Rich make the change. Clay pretty much knew what he was doing so the rest of us supervised the job while knocking back a cold beer. Of course, if anyone needed my wrenching experience I was readily available.

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Diane checking her bike, Rich and Clay fixing broken spoke in Carbondale, beer assisted.

Checkout Clay's cool blue cycling shoes... and what is the deal with those shorts?

We all got carryout Pizza for dinner and it was good and cheap. Everyone was lounging around and Gene was getting restless so he talked me into go out on the town. We ended up at some pub having a beer and watching sports on TV, when all of a sudden we were surrounded by a whole bunch of girls. The whole thing was very funny, all these girls hanging all over me, stuffing their phone numbers in my pockets. The evening was great fun and somehow I left there with a pocket full of phone numbers and 2 garters. Maybe we should stay in Carbondale another day?

We headed back to the Motel in the wee hours of the morning. I didn't know what to do with the garters so I put one on my bike and one on Gene's. We decided not to tell any one else about how we came into possession of our Carbondale souvenirs..... especially Fred.

Fred's TA tour seems to be more like the Women across America tour, except he is seriously lacking in the "Women" part. Fred should start getting up early and hanging with the big boys. (that would be me and Gene, if you weren't paying attention)~


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