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

Day 85: Cannon Beach to Astoria - The official end of the Trans America Trail

Saturday August 9, 1986, 27 miles (43 km) - Total so far: 4,521 miles (7,276 km)

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Me, Diane and Clay


The official end of the Trans America Trail, Astoria Maritime Museum. I rode with Clay and Diane all the way into Astoria. The weather is cold and foggy as usual most of the morning. We stopped at the city of Astoria sign for a group picture. Brother Fred met up with us here in Astoria, in town. We all headed to the Maritime Museum for some final pictures. I climbed to the top of the anchor on some prodding from Clay..... Once I got to the top, everyone chimed in, and here is how it went:

Clay: Ahhh, Dave......
Dave:(on top of the Anchor) Ahhhh, What?
Clay: Try not to look like you're terrified to death up there, for god's sake!
Clay: (insert Clay laughing here)
Fred: DAVE! CHECK HER OUT!
Fred: (insert Fred checking out some girl here)
Dave: Where????? Fred, I'm a little busy up here trying not to kill myself....
Diane: Dave.... be careful up there
Dave: ahhhh, OK...... Take the damn picture already!.
Clay: "Camera Click", OK, I got it, now get down before you fall and we have take you to the hospital.
Dave: (Insert me climbing down here)
Clay: That was a dumb idea you had, you coulda got hurt!
Clay: (insert Clay laughing here)
Dave: Yeah, thanks a lot......
Fred: Did you see her????
Dave: ..............

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The "Anchor", and the end of the Trans America Trail.

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The end of the Trail..........

The Columbia River and the bridge to Washington State in the background


I celebrated the end of the journey with Clay, Diane, and Fred. We are the remaining BC gang, E-W 1986.

[Authors Note:] - A few years ago my wife and I were in Astoria, we stopped at the Anchor so I could relive some memories. I planned on climbing the anchor again for a picture, but once I got there, Lisa decided it was a little too risky .. so, I had to stand on the side, like all the rest of the tourists... damn it! (see pic below)

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2003 - I wasn't allowed to climb to the top again.


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