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

Day 49: A parade, more Mexican food, and the Fireworks

Friday July 4, 1986

I slept in all the way to 6am this morning. I'm really used to getting up early after so many days on the road. Breakfast was included at the Fireside Inn and they let me eat all I wanted. I had a huge stack of pancakes covered in jelly and syrup.

Laundry was first priority so I headed a couple streets over and washed everything I could. Once laundry was done I went into town and watched a short street parade. The main attraction of the parade was the fire dept water fights. There were many people on had for the parade and art fair. After the parade was over I checked out the art fair then had a beer. I just relaxed and enjoyed the views most of the day here in Breckenridge. This is an awesome place to be and I'd really like to come back here some day and spend more time.

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1986 "Breck"

Photo from Clay

Clay and Diane were going back to the Gold Pan again for dinner and talked me into coming. We had that yesterday but Clay talked me into it using usual phrases like "come on, don't be a wimp". Ok, no wimps here, plus the food was good so the 3 of us went. While at the "Pan", the waitress mixed up our orders, I got Clay's chili rellenos and he got my enchiladas. We were about to dig in when Clay said to me "YOU GOT MY CHILI RELENOES!". The plates were so deep and covered with stuff I couldn't tell what I had in front of me. We switched plates, but not before we exchanged a few good natured verbal assaults at each other.

After dinner I hung out with Tammy and Debbie who worked at the Inn and they talked us into going to the fireworks over Dillion reservoir. We all need to get there somehow so another guy named Clay asked us if we wanted to go in his van. Clay was in town running a booth at the art fair for his dad, and had a large van we all fit in. We ended up giving him the nickname Young Clay because the 2 Clays were getting mixed up.

We all piled into the van including Tammy and Debbie and headed over to Dillion to see the fireworks. It really felt weird to ride in a car after 50 days on a bicycle. While driving Young Clay was playing BTO "Takin' Care of Business" on the stereo system and everyone was singing along. We had a great time and the fireworks were the best I've ever seen. The drive back to the inn was slow because there were so many people driving back into Breckenridge.

[Author's Note:] - This also was a very memorable day, and I really enjoyed my time in Breckenridge. Every time I go to a Mexican restaurant and I see chili rellenoes on the menu I think about the mix-up in 1986 at the Gold Pan with Clay.

I also wrote that there were many people in town for the 4th, but in reality there were probably less than 500. I recently returned to Breckenridge for the 4th of July and was highly disappointed in how that neat little town from 1986 has been destroyed by development and the masses of people. The Breckenridge I remember will never be the same.

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Breckenridge in 2003. What a mess.....

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That's me, Hiking near Breckenridge in 2003

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Lisa and me, Hiking near Breckenridge 2003


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