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

Day 56: Lander to Dubois - The Wind River Area - Hey, it's windy here

Friday July 11, 1986, 76 miles (122 km) - Total so far: 2,887 miles (4,646 km)

I got up early with all the ranch hands and ate breakfast. The morning was cold and windy, with gusts up 45 mph. I said good bye to Stewart and planned on meeting up down the road. I told them I'd be at Yellowstone Snow Lodge July 16-17. I thanked everyone at Ma's for a great stay and hit the road. I wish I could have stayed longer.

Shortly after leaving Lander I ran into the BC group and then rode with Gene most of the way. Gene indicated some dissention in the ranks was heating up. He said a couple members very voicing their dissatisfaction with the daily mileages or schedules, and things were tense last couple of nights. I told Gene I knew things were coming to a head and that's why I rode on to Lander alone 2 days ago.

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Plateau turns to Mountains

The wind was very fierce today, a 400 mph headwind so I was glad to have a riding partner. The route also was steady uphill all day as we are going over Togwottee Pass at 9,658 feet tomorrow. Riding was very slow at 6-7 mph maximum, which made a long day in the saddle. There was 7 miles of road construction which we had to ride behind the pilot car as far as we could then get off the road until the traffic cleared. Gene and I struggled into Dubois at 2pm pretty beat from the conditions. Dubois is a nice little town, when the wind isn't blowing 400 mph.

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Uphill and Against the Wind. These days in the Wind River part of Wyoming were the inspiration for my title.

We checked out the town and had some lunch and a beer to wait for the rest of the gang. Rich and Sheryl arrived in the back of a pickup truck, unable to ride in the winds. I told Gene I'm not taking any rides, ever. We made an agreement, we wouldn't take the easy way out. Finally everyone else struggled into town and we all headed to the Circle Up CG for the night. The CG is pretty nice, good showers and facilities. This though, is the first time I had to pay for a shower.

The scenery is definitely changing from the high plateau desert to mountains in a hurry. The weather stayed cool, about 50 degrees all day. We'll probably have cooler weather until we get into the high desert in Eastern Oregon. The cooler weather and drier air has been a welcome change from the heat of the plains.

Bed time 9pm, and it is cold . Brrrrrr.

[Author's Note:] - Taking a ride because I was tired was not an option for me, I never once considered taking a ride. Everyone has to do what best for themselves, someone else taking a ride is not my concern.


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