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

Day 40: Great Bend to Ness City - Straight road, uphill, and the winds

Wednesday June 25, 1986, 67 miles (108 km) - Total so far: 2,040 miles (3,283 km)

I slept in until 6am because the bed was so comfortable. Sleeping in was a mistake because it was already hot and windy when I got rolling. It was about 70 miles to Ness City, all in a straight line. I swear I could see Ness City when I got on State Rd 96. This is probably the only state that you could stand on a picnic table and see where you'd be camping the next night.

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I can see where I camping, from 60 miles away

The road was flat, dry and boring most of the way. The route seemed flat but it has to be slightly uphill since Missouri because of the continental rise. I traveled just about due west all day, right into the 30 mph wind. The only things you can see are the silos off in the distance. I quickly learn that the cities are located at each cluster of silos. In each little town I stopped and took a shade break to get out of the searing sun. I didn't see or pass anyone in the BC group and the day seemed to drag on forever.

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I crossed paths with another famous trail

I arrived in Ness City about 1pm, got some lunch and headed for the bar. The city is like a ghost town, with a brick roadway. I'm really getting tire of Kansas. I sat in the bar with most of the local farmers drinking beer from rusty taps. I can't complain, it was only 25 cents for a shell and the place was air conditioned.

I hit the pool for a shower and a swim then headed to the city park for tonight's accommodations. Later in the day the BC group arrived and we all headed out for some food.

3 more days and I'll finally be in Colorado.

OVER 2000 TOTAL MILES TRAVELED


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