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

Day 32: Marshfield to Ash Grove - Ohhh the Humidity

Tuesday June 17, 1986, 49 miles (79 km) - Total so far: 1,581 miles (2,544 km)

I was awake a 5am this morning and all the BC members were up already. That is a trip first, all BC members up at one time. I received a few good natured jokes directed my way as I crawled out of the bag. Everyone waited for me to get packed up and we headed to the Western Café for breakfast.

We all got rolling about 6:30am and headed west towards Ash Grove. I could already feel the heat and humidity so early in the morning. I was drinking water so fast I ran out in about 20 miles into the day. Everyone in the BC group shared some water until I could reload. The days ride was easy rolling hills until just before Ash Grove when there were a few short, steep hills to climb.

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Missouri countryside

I arrived in Ash Grove at 11am all covered in sweat. The weather was very hot and humid and we all lounged in the shade, sleeping. The City has a nice pool which I will hit as soon as they are open. I called home and then sent out a few postcards today.

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Yee of little words........

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Postcard #2... I carried this one for a couple of days as I forgot to mail it.

Fred finally asked me about the souvenirs from Carbondale, and I told him how we went out in Carbondale and got mobbed by girls. I really enjoy talking with Fred, he is funny without being funny (it is hard to explain). Fred owns a news bureau in Washington D.C. and is always checking in to make sure the news is still flowing.

I haven't rode much with Gene the last week or so as he has been getting a motel room for himself every other night or so. I guess he is running thin on the rustic camping. Everyone is the BC group seems to be getting along ok these days, which is good to see. Sheryl seems to be doing better after Clay helped her lighten her load.

[continued later in the evening]

I spent a couple hours at the pool staying cool. These city pools are coming in handy at the end of each day. After the pool and a shower I got some food for dinner and setup camp in the city park. The park wasn't too bad and it had restrooms.

Once dinner was done we all sat around the evening have a cold beer talking about Kansas and what to expect. Clay is still talking about Breckenridge for the 4th of July and asked me if I was still in. I reminded Clay that I was only supposed to travel with the BC group for 5 days and the 5 days expired about 26 days ago... Clay thought that was pretty funny and then opened another beer. He said "that" is the official policy of BC, but after Yorktown most of the official policies were abandoned. [BC group laughter]

Tomorrow is state number 5, KANSAS.~


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