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

Day 74: Hells Canyon to Baker City - One Hell of a day

Tuesday July 29, 1986, 82 miles (132 km) - Total so far: 3,896 miles (6,270 km)

Oregon

I woke up late again today, damn it, I hate when that happens on a sunny, warm day. I rolled out of the sack from a sound sleep at 9am. The sun was already on the side of the canyon and a light wind was blowing.

Henk, the Dutch guys was already gone, thanks for waking me up .. The route was mostly uphill, and a nice climb right off the bat from the canyon floor into Oregon. The sun was extremely hot and the wind was blowing right in my face all day. Road construction was a real pain in the ass, and I was tired of the dusty conditions. I stopped many times for rest, and I just couldn't seem to find my cruising rhythm. The ride was pretty much up hill all the way to the top of Flagstaff Hill, 4,700'. The downhill part of Flagstaff Hill to Baker was a disappointing slight to none. My riding speed today was about 9mph, about half speed I used to ride with the Coach.

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I suffered most of the day, and this was one of the toughest days of the journey. These high mile days and heat are really starting to wear me out. My tired body is telling me to slow down. I start taking some lower mileage days soon, but well see.

I'm camped in the Mountain View CG which has a nice hiker/biker area and showers for $3.50 a night. Nobody seemed interested in talking so I'm just drinking a beer on my own and writing this log entry.

Thank God Today is OVER. Today is the 10th and final state, Oregon.

[Author's Note:] - This was one of the toughest days on the whole TA for me. I really had zero energy most of the day, and the uphill, against the wind conditions were brutal.


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