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

Day 73: Riggins to Hells Canyon - Idaho Oregon state line

Monday July 28, 1986, 112 miles (180 km) - Total so far: 3,814 miles (6,138 km)

I got up late this morning, 8am and got packed up and hit the café by 9am. I not used to sleeping in this late, and with nobody shaking my tent sometimes I have no motivation to get up. The morning weather was sunny and hot once again, and I probably should have gotten up early. I ate some fast breakfast and rolled out by 9:15am.

The route was mostly uphill and against the wind until New Meadows. I rode by myself most of the day until a caught up to 3 from Georgia going West. They were stopping in Cambridge but I pushed on to Hells Canyon. I reached the canyon at about 8:30pm and descended into the gorge. The gorge was extremely hot, even for late in the evening, I guess that's why it's called 'Hells Canyon'. I reached the campground and met up with a Dutchman riding the TA. Camping was a dollar and the showers were good so it worked out good.

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The canyon

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The day was pretty tough and long, 112 miles. Traffic and roads were pretty good and traffic was light so I had no problems with the long day.

I spent some time today thinking about my decision to go alone the last leg of the Trans America Trail. I've been wondering what Clay and the remaining gang is up to and where they are. I probably should have rolled out of Missoula with them, it's pretty boring alone on the trail. I really wish I had the time and money to go with Steve and Stew, because Glacier and Canadian Rockies would have been awesome.

Tomorrow I'm planning on getting to Baker Oregon, about 85 miles away. I'll have some climbing to do once I leave Hells Canyon.

[Author's Note:] - Sorry about the delay in posting, but my job is getting in the way of me having fun. Also, it's really hard to believe I will only pedal 805 more miles.


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