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

Day 45: Ordway to Pueblo - My first flat tire, some new Nikes, and an old friend

Monday June 30, 1986, 51 miles (82 km) - Total so far: 2,296 miles (3,695 km)

I was sweating in the Ordway Roadhouse most of the night. I couldn't really sleep so I got up about 5am and got rolling. Gene was rustling about so he got up and we headed out for breakfast. Riding was very nice in the early morning, 70 degrees cool air for a change. We finally found a place to eat in Boone, and we had a nice talk with some of the locals there. I could tell it was going to be one of those 100 degree days as the day wore on.

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Moon over Miami? Not Hardly

We continued into rolling hills and scrub brush territory just before Pueblo. As we rolled into Pueblo I got my first flat, on the rear tire that is almost worn thru. I almost made it to the bike shop when it went flat. Damn it, another quarter mile and I would have had my new tire on. I basically coasted into the bike shop with the tire shredded to pieces. I bought a new tire, and another tube. The guys in the bike shop couldn't believe I didn't have any flats all the way from Virginia until just now. Gene got a few things while I was outside putting on my tire.... then off we went.

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Getting Closer.......

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Pueblo is a very large city and we stayed in the City Park Zoo. No kidding, we stayed in the Zoo. I think some people thought we were one of the attractions. Another small problem with the Zoo, it is infested with mosquitoes. The mosquitoes didn't make the 100 degree heat any easier. The day was pretty short and I need new shoes so I departed on my own to the mall to get out of mosquito hell.

I rode about 8 miles to a mall and had trouble finding size 13 shoes (what else is new). Finally I found a place that had some light weight Nike track shoes, which were perfect. The store guy said he's had them for a long time and can't sell them so he gave me half off sticker price. Yeah, excellent, half off is my style. On the return trip I ran into Steve, the guy I rode with in.... so long I can't remember (I'd check my log book but I mailed that part home). It was great to see Steve, we joked around a little bit then headed for the zoo.

We all sat around swatting mosquitoes most of the afternoon catching up with Steve. Finally, to keep from getting carried off by the bugs we departed for Don Carlos Mexican all you can eat. Yeah, all you can eat is for me! We spent a good couple of hours eating like pigs. I think they were glad when we finally left.

Tomorrow, Canon City and a lot closer to the mountains.~


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