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

Day 26: Carbondale to Chester - Popeye and the Mighty Mississippi River

Wednesday June 11, 1986, 44 miles (71 km) - Total so far: 1,290 miles (2,076 km)

Gene and I got back to the motel about 1am and woke up at 5am. Gene convinced me to get up, get some breakfast and hit the road. We ate at the Denny's near by, and had the usual for breakfast. I wonder why I was up.... so soon after getting in late from last night??? I was pretty tired and was dragging when we departed Carbondale. I'd like to stay in Carbondale another night but the circus must continue westward.

It was damn hot, about 98 degrees and 120 percent humidity. The ride was uneventful, through flat farm country with an occasional roller or two and I finally saw the Mighty Mississippi for the first time. We rode the 44 miles to Chester in about 3 hours, arriving at 9:30am. Chester is located on the banks of the Mississippi and is a port town. Chester is also the home of Popeye, and there is a big bronze statue in town.

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Barge Traffic on the Might Mississippi

The rest of the BC group really took their time today, they ended up departing Carbondale after Gene and I arrived in Chester. They all arrived in early afternoon looking all worn from the sun and heat.

We were camping at the city park and there is a nice pool with nice showers. I ended up swimming for about 5 hours today to stay cool. We all sat around in evening talking and the beer group resumed our nightly ritual of a couple cold ones.

Fred has been checking out our Carbondale souvenirs, but hasn't asked about them yet. I'm not going to tell him anything..... yet.

I've been spending way too much money and a cutback is in order so I had sandwiches for lunch and dinner.~~


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