Enginerve's TransAm Adventure

User: enginerve
Dates: 20 Jun 2010 - 6 Aug 2010
Duration: 1 month, 2 weeks
URL: http://bike.enginerve.com/

The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.

Friday 6 Aug 2010 14:18

4143 miles, 0 flats. I am home.

Posted: Aug. 6, 2010, 9:18 p.m.

Friday 6 Aug 2010 9:58


Posted: Aug. 6, 2010, 4:58 p.m.

Friday 6 Aug 2010 8:28

No breakfast but a sticky bun. Headed north.

Posted: Aug. 6, 2010, 3:28 p.m.

Thursday 5 Aug 2010 21:14

Peter came for dinner, arranged a great campground on lawn behind camp or forest service residence housing. It should be my last night on the road.

120.5 miles today with limited service but water and beer at the end of the day.

Posted: Aug. 6, 2010, 4:14 a.m.

Thursday 5 Aug 2010 13:19

They say you climb 150K feet or over 15 times from sea level to the top of Mt. Rainier. I am done with the last climb, not the last hill, and wonder if it isn't more.

Posted: Aug. 5, 2010, 8:19 p.m.

Thursday 5 Aug 2010 10:46

sisterscoffee Lost my glass case, sign of the apocolypse. In Sisters and soon I will cross my last mountain, my last climb, and 4000 miles. And keep on rollin.

Posted: Aug. 5, 2010, 5:46 p.m.

Thursday 5 Aug 2010 8:24

BEARS! On the road and breakfast. Bobby off to Bend and I am over the Santiam.

Posted: Aug. 5, 2010, 3:24 p.m.

Wednesday 4 Aug 2010 20:31

Ben & Jerry listening to the oldtimers play in the group area.

Posted: Aug. 5, 2010, 3:31 a.m.

Wednesday 4 Aug 2010 18:07

Beer thirty @ 112 miles on the TransAm.

Posted: Aug. 5, 2010, 1:07 a.m.

Wednesday 4 Aug 2010 10:21

The oddest tree seen on the TransAm. #acatransam #onlyinoregon

Posted: Aug. 4, 2010, 5:21 p.m.

Wednesday 4 Aug 2010 8:48

Moving. Dayville, first climb in 35 miles.

Posted: Aug. 4, 2010, 3:48 p.m.

Tuesday 3 Aug 2010 17:47

In Mt. Vernon, OR at a cyclist only guest house. 91.2 miles today and most of it before the afternoon heat and early enough to shower and cook/eat dinner. Three days to home and big hills tomorrow.

Posted: Aug. 4, 2010, 12:47 a.m.

Tuesday 3 Aug 2010 14:23

Three passes today and lunch in Prairie City. Two bigger passes tomorrow and long day into Prineville. Mount Vernon tonight, still pondering Espresso but no luck.

Posted: Aug. 3, 2010, 9:23 p.m.

Tuesday 3 Aug 2010 11:39

We spend a bit of time waiting for pilot cars. But a mountain spring about 7 miles ahead for water and a beautiful day in central Oregon.

Posted: Aug. 3, 2010, 6:39 p.m.

Monday 2 Aug 2010 21:03

Today we "hit the wall" and are rebooting in Baker City which is a great town. Tommorrow we attack! Three passes for sure and one maybe. Tonight we are refueling. That means OJ for me, Almond Milk for Bobby and Oreo Mint Fudge Cremes which may actually negate the pasta dinner but are extremely tasty.

Oh, sign was useless, I waited and no moose came.

Posted: Aug. 3, 2010, 4:03 a.m.

Monday 2 Aug 2010 17:00

Brewpub in Baker City. Late starts an lack of sleep putting us behind and may cause rebooting.

Posted: Aug. 3, 2010, midnight

Monday 2 Aug 2010 12:07

Things to drink and on to Baker City in 42 miles of hot Easter Oregon. Hills and more hills.

Posted: Aug. 2, 2010, 7:07 p.m.

Sunday 1 Aug 2010 21:05

This was when we came into Oregon last night. 119 miles. Stayed by Oxbow damn and rolled out late this morning. Trying to manage time like the beginning of the ride, slop in stops is costing time. OREGON

Posted: Aug. 2, 2010, 3:05 a.m.

Sunday 1 Aug 2010 15:35

Best start to a day on the TransAm. Odd afternoon, surviving, but taking a lot out of us. Still trying for Oregon. People here are not happy about bikes.

Posted: Aug. 1, 2010, 9:35 p.m.

Sunday 1 Aug 2010 9:06

Tom showed up with the Team Walker support van. Great to see, Oregon tonight?

Posted: Aug. 1, 2010, 3:06 p.m.

Saturday 31 Jul 2010 13:42

CremaCoffee in Grangeville. Fantasy coffee shops do exist. Not getting out of town fast but I have gotten to the other end.

Posted: July 31, 2010, 7:42 p.m.

Saturday 31 Jul 2010 12:49

Moving this morning a bit stiff and slow. In Grangeville for lunch at the Hilltop Cafe and will attempt the TransAm Double: a Latte on the way out up the next hill.

Posted: July 31, 2010, 6:49 p.m.

Saturday 31 Jul 2010 12:10

View from deck in Lowell of Hwy 12. I like this place. About 110 miles today. Nothing to unusual. Homeward bound.

This will post in wrong location cell coverage goofy, find Lowell on map :)

Posted: July 31, 2010, 6:10 p.m.

Friday 30 Jul 2010 12:31

Ultimate time zone, penultimate state and map, yesterday was ultimate Continental Divide and 7K foot pass, today last 5K foot pass and running @ 3K feet. At Lochsa lodge having successfully dodged 5 deer on Lolo descent. Four bikers just leaving, going to run Team Walker at them after lunch. Have 70 miles to track them down, they do look young and talk fast.

Posted: July 30, 2010, 6:31 p.m.

Thursday 29 Jul 2010 19:57

Heard from bikers in Missoula, bike shop party night. I turned the corner at Lolo and with no regrets am camped at a Square Dance camp. Bear issues so I have to separate food; however, warm shower, shave, running laundry, and tent drying out. 117.5 miles today and I am feeling "stretched". If bear comes I will replace picture.

Posted: July 30, 2010, 1:57 a.m.

Thursday 29 Jul 2010 14:19

Wow. No cell for awhile or anything. Slept next to cows last night. They don't sleep, neither do campers who sleep next to them. This is River Rising on Hamilton and despite being 90, it is latte time.

Posted: July 29, 2010, 8:19 p.m.

Wednesday 28 Jul 2010 20:11

In Wisdom camping in city park with every mosquito in Montana. Cannot believe how many times I was stung setting up camp. I itch everywhere. I wonder how much I will be stung taking down camp. Sigh

Posted: July 29, 2010, 2:11 a.m.

Wednesday 28 Jul 2010 8:38

Breakfast was cereal bars in this wonderful cyclist only camping spot in the rest stop in Twin Bridges. Place is right on the river and town is walking distance. Nice folks in restaurant kept door open while cleaning so we could come back for ice cream.

Posted: July 28, 2010, 2:38 p.m.

Tuesday 27 Jul 2010 20:28

Posted: July 28, 2010, 2:28 a.m.

Tuesday 27 Jul 2010 20:27

117 miles and having pizza at The Shack in Twin Bridges. Brutal headwind to end the day and off to the bicycle campground.

Posted: July 28, 2010, 2:27 a.m.

Tuesday 27 Jul 2010 14:34

In Ennis, followed by a storm all day and waiting for the pass ahead to look clearer.

Posted: July 27, 2010, 8:34 p.m.

Monday 26 Jul 2010 21:15

Everyplace in Yellowstone sold out. Nice people agreed to let ne double in their spot so after 137 miles and almost 11 hours on the saddle on a day I started in the dark and ended inthe dark I have a place to stay.

Posted: July 27, 2010, 3:15 a.m.

Monday 26 Jul 2010 18:12

So far I am 104 miles into the day. I climbed the second highest pass on the TransAm and the continental divide (each a pass) three other times. I did six miles of gravel dodging construction vehicles and have done most of Yellowstone which requires fairly intens concentration. Still more to go but perhaps a treat first.

Posted: July 27, 2010, 12:12 a.m.

Monday 26 Jul 2010 10:38

Grand Teton National Park. Group splitting up, young guys going through at night. Not sure if I am going all the way or to the middle campground. Bobby made espresso at the top of the lady pass, will miss them.

Posted: July 26, 2010, 4:38 p.m.

Monday 26 Jul 2010 9:02

Over the pass, through construction, an breakfast.

Posted: July 26, 2010, 3:02 p.m.

Monday 26 Jul 2010 8:59

Lava Mount Lodge in a Grizzly Cabin for sleeping as the tent spots were not so much. 96.25 miles and we have not cleared the big pass. Tomorrow we are out early and will be in Yellowstone and we shall see what happens.

Posted: July 26, 2010, 2:59 p.m.

Sunday 25 Jul 2010 13:55

Dubois, 76 miles in for lunch and then off to the big mountain pass.

Posted: July 25, 2010, 7:55 p.m.

Saturday 24 Jul 2010 16:53

Western towns are so fun. This Woman stands in street and cracks whip until (yes, yelling "yee haw") traffic stops. Friends all have six guns. I went into bar to get her out to do it again for pix. First time startled me and I forgot to snap picture, as did young woman running ice cream stand. We are both happy now.

Posted: July 24, 2010, 10:53 p.m.

Saturday 24 Jul 2010 8:06

Breakfast sandwiches and fresh bagels for tomorrow.

Posted: July 24, 2010, 2:06 p.m.

Saturday 24 Jul 2010 7:40

REST DAY moved 1/8 mile before breakfast as they are setting up a festival in the park. Apparently going to RIDE to breakfast to avoid starving to death.

Posted: July 24, 2010, 1:40 p.m.

Friday 23 Jul 2010 15:56

83 miles and I am in Lander for my rest day tomorrow. Today was all headwinds, I haven't experienced this hard of riding before and all of us are exhausted.

Posted: July 23, 2010, 9:56 p.m.

Friday 23 Jul 2010 8:07

Breakfast in Jeffrey City!

Posted: July 23, 2010, 2:07 p.m.

Thursday 22 Jul 2010 19:27

In at Muddy Gap, rode with Bobby (left), met up with Jordan again (right). 103 miles, fantastic winds. How windy was it? You already had grass in your teeth to chew, so windy Bobbys shirt was blown off him, so windy, oh well, it was a rough day. But, in the event there was anyone to impress in Muddy Gap, we came in flying. Nobody.

Posted: July 23, 2010, 1:27 a.m.

Thursday 22 Jul 2010 8:08

Riding this morning with another rider and stopping for breakfast. Then it is on the freeway in 20 miles.

Posted: July 22, 2010, 2:08 p.m.

Wednesday 21 Jul 2010 17:09

111.7 miles and in at Riverside, WY. Time to setup the tent and shower.

(, -106.77891254425049)

Posted: July 21, 2010, 11:09 p.m.

Wednesday 21 Jul 2010 14:15

WYOMING and I have to eat in a hurry sprinkles from storms behind but I may make it.

Posted: July 21, 2010, 8:15 p.m.

Wednesday 21 Jul 2010 11:51

Walden for lunch. Lonely

Posted: July 21, 2010, 5:51 p.m.

Wednesday 21 Jul 2010 11:50

Big climb this morning. Shoes soaked from rain last night, rained into camp, bags wet, rained all night. Cold and cloudy all morning, frozen to bike. 100m yesterday, pix won't be in right spot no GPS on hill

Posted: July 21, 2010, 5:50 p.m.

Tuesday 20 Jul 2010 15:24

The road to Kremmling from Silverthorne remains theist dangerous and is done. This is my favorite coffee shop and if you detect the all black clouds you will surmise that I was rained on and am still wet and wondering where the storms are going next.

Posted: July 20, 2010, 9:24 p.m.

Tuesday 20 Jul 2010 10:49

Finally it is warming up. In recollection of Peter I raced unloaded bikes into Frisco and put them under pressure. I am eating breakfast in Frisco to rectify error last time of assuming there were more places like this. There are not. Progress is slow today but towns will disappear soon.

Posted: July 20, 2010, 4:49 p.m.

Tuesday 20 Jul 2010 8:25

Crested Hoosier Pass

Posted: July 20, 2010, 2:25 p.m.

Monday 19 Jul 2010 18:38

Brutal day, headwinds all day, strong in morning and afternoon. So in at Fairplay with 76 miles. Camping at 10000 feet.

Posted: July 20, 2010, 12:38 a.m.

Monday 19 Jul 2010 14:33

One pass down, a long day of climbing so far. 30 miles to the top of Hoosier.

Posted: July 19, 2010, 8:33 p.m.

Sunday 18 Jul 2010 19:41

View from in front of where I am staying. Look, hills. Tomorrow is Hoosier Pass, the highest spot on the TransAm at 11532 feet, I am at 5500 now. Pueblo was nice but otherwise road was on bad shape and isolated. Rest day after tomorrow, everything needs a day off. 108 miles. My brother already looked up this town (hospital named after him) on Google Street View, you can go up the hill with me as well.

Posted: July 19, 2010, 1:41 a.m.

Sunday 18 Jul 2010 11:30

HALFWAY! Huzzah has been said out loud. And the first coffee shop in over 1500 miles appeared.

Posted: July 18, 2010, 5:30 p.m.

Saturday 17 Jul 2010 20:45

In Gillian's bunkhouse trying to figure out what to do. Way to hot to sleep indoors, and I overdid the conditions today and am paying for it. Over 124 miles today through E Colorado desert at 103.

Posted: July 18, 2010, 2:45 a.m.

Saturday 17 Jul 2010 11:13

Heating up. The most welcoming part of this town was the shade in the sign. PB&J and a five minute nap. Half way through a long, now very hot, day.

Posted: July 17, 2010, 5:13 p.m.

Saturday 17 Jul 2010 6:47

Huzzah! New state. Limited service for 60 miles. Still too much haze, can't see the mountains.

Posted: July 17, 2010, 12:47 p.m.

Friday 16 Jul 2010 21:51

Well sleeping isn't really going to work out, everyone cruises the strip I am camped on. Oh well, so I am taking in the league game. 106.7 Miles today and I am Tribune, KS.

Posted: July 17, 2010, 2:51 a.m.

Friday 16 Jul 2010 14:36

Mountain Time Zone. Hey I took a picture everywhere there was something. Hot (check), windy (check), flat (check), still in Kansas. Last 11 miles of the day left, look beyond the sign, although second bend on road on 100 miles coming up, these mad impulsive Kansas folks

Posted: July 16, 2010, 7:36 p.m.

Friday 16 Jul 2010 11:11

Breaking the Rule "never eat at a diner with Mom on title" and remembering some rules are good. Shout out to @packtactics, saw them this morning. Moving slowly today.

Posted: July 16, 2010, 4:11 p.m.

Thursday 15 Jul 2010 19:27

Ness City, 136 miles. Riding with an ultralight tourer my son's age and we started at 5am on the rain. It will be 100 tomorrow so I will be shutting down early. We passed some magical line and are in the dry half of Kansas where humidity is down to 54% so all the gear is spread out to dry. A little more bike work and time to shower before dark.

Posted: July 16, 2010, 12:27 a.m.

Wednesday 14 Jul 2010 19:41

Place is called Cool Beans and Brad who am I to skip a place so named. Too late for coffee but salad is just like Mo's. 112 miles today because Inrode with Robert who caught me this morning. Tomorrow we are up at 4 and off for a huge area with no services. After that I may call it a day early, either the heat or the food is givingy legs afternoon fits. Today was 98 without humidity figured in and we are finally in the flat part.

Posted: July 15, 2010, 12:41 a.m.

Tuesday 13 Jul 2010 20:42

114.1 miles today, heat index 106-109. Tad bit warm, swam and bought dinner at grocery store trying to eat before dark. Saw a mountain lion today, with dead animal in mouth, crossed road in front of me. Swam in bike shorts. Shorter days coming as heat pushes up. Not safe to be on road during heat, no stops, no shade. Need to load up extra water as towns farther than three bottles apart.

Posted: July 14, 2010, 1:42 a.m.

Tuesday 13 Jul 2010 14:10

Store doesn't even have a sign up and I found it in Benedict pop. ?. Nice guy, gave out a piece of Wisconsin Cheddar.

And, after meeting only rider of day, I am working on the big ring now.

Posted: July 13, 2010, 7:10 p.m.

Monday 12 Jul 2010 21:48

I lost the picture. Oops. Maddening day, 80.3 miles and spent the afternoon avoiding storms and getting caught in them. Fatigue and soreness catching up with me. Eating more, but something not balanced. MAP CHANGE finishes Section 9 and am off to an entirely new map. Road closed tommorrow morning, but new map and new state should boost spirits.

Posted: July 13, 2010, 2:48 a.m.

Monday 12 Jul 2010 14:46

Yes Toto, we are finally in Kansas. Clouds are really dark in person, bet the pix aren't.

Posted: July 12, 2010, 7:46 p.m.

Monday 12 Jul 2010 10:40

Cooky's Diner in Golden City rumored to have the best pie around. Having seen no food in awhile I am hoping the legend is true.

Posted: July 12, 2010, 3:40 p.m.

Monday 12 Jul 2010 7:47

This is where I meant to stay, Bill came by but it was raining too hard. Offered a shower and I took him up on it. Severe weather expected again. Thus place was nice.

Posted: July 12, 2010, 12:47 p.m.

Monday 12 Jul 2010 6:13

Just about ready to leave Everton. Camped in shelter through a night of storms and heavy rain. I miss showers and clean clothes. Tree in photo crashed down in first ten minutes of wind (zoom in to see tree). I will be on Kansas at some point today. 84 miles yesterday and was under cove with ten minutes to spare.

Posted: July 12, 2010, 11:13 a.m.

Sunday 11 Jul 2010 14:35

First bear on trip. Only #acatransam rider to ever stop here and they wondered for years why we all rode on this road. Stop people!

Posted: July 11, 2010, 7:35 p.m.

Sunday 11 Jul 2010 9:13

Stayed in Hartville last night. I rode 82 miles. Digestion and stomach very upset, didn't sleep but an hour or two. Funny thing town was under a boil order for water so cost a lot to drink. Pushing tons of fluids this morning and had a late start. I am hoping digestion settles because it is hard to push the pedals with upset tummy. And today has brought winds along with slightly flatter terrain.

Posted: July 11, 2010, 2:13 p.m.

Saturday 10 Jul 2010 6:42

Hawkin's House B&B where I camped in the back yard. It was full bikers, cyclists and parents. I completed almost 96 miles yesterday and among them the toughest 27 in the Ozarks. Not out of the hills or the woods yet; and still trying to get out of MO.

Posted: July 10, 2010, 11:42 a.m.

Friday 9 Jul 2010 15:32

I started three hours late, waiting for rain to stop and I skipped the last map change as there was nothing to see. Running late and the toughest 27 miles I MO are still to go today. Oh well, smile on my face and putting along.

Posted: July 9, 2010, 8:32 p.m.

Friday 9 Jul 2010 10:33

First lunch and shipped home some gear that I just got tired of thinking about carrying.

Posted: July 9, 2010, 3:33 p.m.

Thursday 8 Jul 2010 18:32

Hostel in Farmington, new addition just a few months ago and way too wet to camp. Calling this Camp Tom ( no reason ). Must find dinner. 97.71 miles today.

Posted: July 8, 2010, 11:32 p.m.

Thursday 8 Jul 2010 17:11

Map change, off to 111. Rain and covers just like home.

Posted: July 8, 2010, 10:11 p.m.

Thursday 8 Jul 2010 14:14

Time to switch the map and go to 112. I am pushing on to Farmington. Dry, hot, humid, and lightening in the distance. Quiet day.

Posted: July 8, 2010, 7:14 p.m.

Thursday 8 Jul 2010 13:02

I took the picture of lunch under the gas station awning, which leaks and in the time it took to write this is is raining so hard I can't get to the door of the gas station. Think i will be here for a bit.

Posted: July 8, 2010, 6:02 p.m.

Thursday 8 Jul 2010 11:50

Weather threatening, in Missouri, HUZZAH! At least another state, river over banks and a ton of hills.

Posted: July 8, 2010, 4:50 p.m.

Thursday 8 Jul 2010 10:16

Only looks flat, rollers starting, alight headwind but moving along. Time to go to map 113.

Posted: July 8, 2010, 3:16 p.m.

Thursday 8 Jul 2010 8:09

Not a huge marker but the official end of Section 10 of the TransAm. I am back on the bike and on the route and nothing feels good. The next route map has the Ozarks and all their hills and ends in Kansas. It is extremely humid and lots of rain is expected.

Posted: July 8, 2010, 1:09 p.m.

Saturday 3 Jul 2010 17:06

Well that was quite something, Dan and Jordan rode up just to sat hi, and Karen, whom they met, on their way into town to meetup with Kevin. Mostly so Jordan could let me know the knee was much better and their trip was on track. They shortcut th last 150 miles that beat me and did it in 100 and took out the hills. Back to the Interstate Ben Stone, back to the Interstate (movie quote that sums it up for me)

Posted: July 3, 2010, 10:06 p.m.

Saturday 3 Jul 2010 14:20

I am now on the ouskirts of Carbondale and with the temp so high will be staying put. 58.8 miles and my shortest day yet. Still I am all done and then some.

I have a business appt in another place and so will be off the route until Thursday, when I will be headed west once more.

Posted: July 3, 2010, 7:20 p.m.

Saturday 3 Jul 2010 12:30

Lakes in IL, met first TransAm EB this am although he was riding supported. Just overtook Amanda fr Ohio, going short each day, riding a mountain bike and a backpack. Wow. Last bagel and have to remember to dump squeezable jam and buy new. Windy, but as we are changing directions can't complain. Just picked off ticks so time to roll.

Posted: July 3, 2010, 5:30 p.m.

Saturday 3 Jul 2010 10:36

Warm ol day, nothing exciting and not a lot of stops, Goreville is rigging for their parade today. Match line this morning was a mile fr camp and right now I changing a mile early. Last panel and Carbondale is in sight. I do need a rest day and starting at eight is tiring. I could eat better. Quiet without others to ride with.

Posted: July 3, 2010, 3:36 p.m.

Friday 2 Jul 2010 19:46

Horse camp, killer hill coming into Eddysville. 89 miles today and while I may pay for it have decided to forgo cooking dinner had a PB & J emergency meal only six miles before stopping.

Posted: July 3, 2010, 12:46 a.m.

Friday 2 Jul 2010 14:20

Another map change, whee! Really heating up today.

Posted: July 2, 2010, 7:20 p.m.

Friday 2 Jul 2010 13:56

Posted: July 2, 2010, 6:56 p.m.

Friday 2 Jul 2010 13:56

Tug pushing the barge or Ferry.

Posted: July 2, 2010, 6:56 p.m.

Friday 2 Jul 2010 13:43

Way over there, the barge, that is the Ferry over the Ohio river. I am leaving Kentucky and entering IL. Yeah!

Posted: July 2, 2010, 6:43 p.m.

Friday 2 Jul 2010 12:01

Lunch in Marion, KY. About 12 miles down the road I catch a ferry to IL. No idea where I will be tonight. This place is one of a kind on the trip, i stopped because of the little bicycle sign in the window.

Posted: July 2, 2010, 5:01 p.m.

Friday 2 Jul 2010 8:42

Today I am riding alone and so doing map change pix. Everyone else going to great campground for short day, I have to move along to Carbondale. Yesterday I ended with over 1000 miles completed and I realize I have al Ist been out two weeks.

Posted: July 2, 2010, 1:42 p.m.

Thursday 1 Jul 2010 17:29

Staying in basement of church after 97.3 mile ride, rode most of day with Brooke and Melissa and the end of the day with Adan, would be great to roll on with them for awhile. Off to town, ministers wife cooking us dinner in a bit.

Posted: July 1, 2010, 10:29 p.m.

Thursday 1 Jul 2010 9:15

They do exist

Posted: July 1, 2010, 2:15 p.m.

Thursday 1 Jul 2010 8:00

Breakfast at diner attached to convenience store gas station, all guys working were here, reminded me tonride carefully as it is holiday weekend. Will try to setup to pull off early tomorrow afternoon

Posted: July 1, 2010, 1 p.m.

Wednesday 30 Jun 2010 19:20

Have to hurry, folks are holding dinner, I am camping gravel area on right of building. They have a shower ( and a tent revival meeting ) and I just finished 120.4 miles. I have miscalculated Carbondale and am paying a bit. Still a nice day.

Posted: July 1, 2010, 12:20 a.m.

Wednesday 30 Jun 2010 18:49

Someone asked what a match line is. The line that is drawn on the end of a panel of the trail map so you can flip over to the next panel and pick up in exactly the same location. Changing map panels is fun, it means you are moving.

Posted: June 30, 2010, 11:49 p.m.

Wednesday 30 Jun 2010 16:51

Match line, new panel, saw my first bathtub Mary of the trip, claw foot at that. And a lot of hammocks strung under porches. Weather in low 80s so still running hard this afternoon, I can maintain temp now.

Posted: June 30, 2010, 8:51 p.m.

Wednesday 30 Jun 2010 13:03

Match line so panel change. Called ahead and grocery store with shower expects me, a long way off. Just passed Kentucky Bourbon Distilleries, huge, warming up.

Posted: June 30, 2010, 5:03 p.m.

Wednesday 30 Jun 2010 9:20

I am in Western Kentucky and loving ther terrain change. Late start but everything working well, fastest morning on trip and just cranking. Lovin it! Match line so panel change.

Posted: June 30, 2010, 1:20 p.m.

Tuesday 29 Jun 2010 20:24

Almost cheapest hotel in town. Tent setup in bedroom tarps and rain covers hanging from deck. Bike cleaning later, rain is fun! 96.3 Miles

Posted: June 30, 2010, 12:24 a.m.

Tuesday 29 Jun 2010 16:46

Match line (est) off route, short cut is shorter, but no stops so almost out of water and no coke and snickers break, day running long and may stay in Danville or get back on route.

Posted: June 29, 2010, 8:46 p.m.

Tuesday 29 Jun 2010 12:43

Lunch with Dan and Jordan and Kevin just rode up. And I was given short cuts for rest of day.

Worst focus day of trip, trying to schedule a business trip offbike trip. Costing me time and energy.

Berea is a MAP CHANGE so 2nd Section of 12 is over on Day 9.

Posted: June 29, 2010, 4:43 p.m.

Tuesday 29 Jun 2010 8:43

Really dogging it, just caught by others after early start. Anyway match line. Huzzah.

Posted: June 29, 2010, 12:43 p.m.

Monday 28 Jun 2010 20:50

Kevin, Jordan. Dan out of the ever present rain in Booneville, KY

64.5 miles and the rain poured for a longtime and drizzles even now late at night. Everything wet oh well.

Posted: June 29, 2010, 12:50 a.m.

Monday 28 Jun 2010 16:37

Can you see the hills? I can't and it has been wet all day, the radar shows a string of these so I think if I can manage half a mile to church I will camp there. Too late to make Berea and I am wet already. Well sometimes you don't have to plan it just works out :)

Posted: June 28, 2010, 8:37 p.m.

Monday 28 Jun 2010 14:19

Match line, panel change, look how bright. Running with all my rain covers on and I am soaked but warm, rainy day, locals at Kentucky conveniemce store that sells tombstones, yup, said two hills to Boonesville. UPS employs NASCAR hopefuls out here, squealing tires and all.

Posted: June 28, 2010, 6:19 p.m.

Monday 28 Jun 2010 12:14

Day puttering along nicely, starting to heat up. This was at top of hill, no idea why it is not on map.

Posted: June 28, 2010, 4:14 p.m.

Monday 28 Jun 2010 8:39

Map change. Miserable stay in Hindman, great host an location. All teachers, non stop bitching. I said nothing got up and ate early and was passing the time with the host about cost of bikes as he didn't want folks to tempt folks by putting them at the end of his driveway. Wan came up and just yelled at me for "thinking things", I apologized to host for causing issues and left. Would love to lose young guy and find new people. Even when I try to be Dylan and polite and say little I get heated stuff, but I don't look down my nose at students, or the locals, and I don't gave their money, one assumes they would just ignore be, bah pondering Peters take. Too much fruit all of a sudden but nice and bike moving well.

Posted: June 28, 2010, 12:39 p.m.

Sunday 27 Jun 2010 22:46

Lots of cute kittens on porch, while I shot this with no light they appear to be guard kitties.

Posted: June 28, 2010, 2:46 a.m.

Sunday 27 Jun 2010 21:31

Hindman in at a little place that serves bikers. The only place on the last long miles. Odd that you can't camp more. Great stop though, I write sitting in front of an outside fire with little kitties, sipping blackberry bikes.

Posted: June 28, 2010, 1:31 a.m.

Sunday 27 Jun 2010 16:50

Massive storm, going by Alice Lloyd college and locals directed me to shelter. I had stopped as wind had picked up and clouds going berserk. I haven't been in something this bad that I recall, just got worse. Glad Locals alerted by radio. Power out, building I am in hit, whee!

Posted: June 27, 2010, 8:50 p.m.

Sunday 27 Jun 2010 14:39

Match line, locals, and check the new map.

Posted: June 27, 2010, 6:39 p.m.

Sunday 27 Jun 2010 12:23

I think the State Line waypoint posted wrong. Two Cat 1 climbs down one or two more to go. Halfway to destination and it is lunch time. These folks make there own chili and slaw on dogs so.....dog and small choc shake (trying to cool down) $3.69

Posted: June 27, 2010, 4:23 p.m.

Sunday 27 Jun 2010 12:15

State Line, finally, and map change. Tough hills already this morning.

Posted: June 27, 2010, 4:15 p.m.

Saturday 26 Jun 2010 19:09

Ran short for day 77.5. Met a Western Express rider who left me info and park was best bet. Tomorrow Hindeman (sic)

Posted: June 26, 2010, 11:09 p.m.

Saturday 26 Jun 2010 17:08

Map change, huzzah. Way down there is wherei started this minor hill. About time for the end of the day.

Posted: June 26, 2010, 9:08 p.m.

Saturday 26 Jun 2010 14:09

Top of "hardest" climb on TransAm. Kevin Showed up on side of road, Peter knows. Itmeans hepassed me at restaurant, you can't miss a TransAm bike and we all park close to the road to catch other direction riders. He admitted to 90 mile days to catch me. Possible but I think he was waitingfor THIS hill. I am sure he will be along in 20 or 30 minutes. Team W

Posted: June 26, 2010, 6:09 p.m.

Saturday 26 Jun 2010 12:48

Map panel change. Restaurant at last place fab, and they told me secret on way out. Local products, way above avg, you never can tell. And they took my water bottle at the door and filled with ice. Apparently rain in the evening.

Posted: June 26, 2010, 4:48 p.m.

Saturday 26 Jun 2010 11:37

Services scarce. Climb after lunch is 3.7 miles at 9%. First half of the day spinning the wheels, figure it will burn the same calories and more fun. May cut myself some slack later.

Posted: June 26, 2010, 3:37 p.m.

Saturday 26 Jun 2010 9:53

Coffee break, spinning my legs for first time this trip. This town hops everyone biking the Creeper Trail. Tom?

Posted: June 26, 2010, 1:53 p.m.

Saturday 26 Jun 2010 7:20

Map panel change. Just passed a horse camp. Steam or fog on the mountain, matches the mood. No GPS

Posted: June 26, 2010, 11:20 a.m.

Friday 25 Jun 2010 20:18

91.6 miles and sharing a hiker / biker hostel behind a church. Deluxe (shower in church). No cell, limited food, change for riders but I prepped for western half so I am fine.

Posted: June 26, 2010, 12:18 a.m.

Friday 25 Jun 2010 14:39

Match line. Starting to swing east but going to go almost to bottom of VA.

Posted: June 25, 2010, 6:39 p.m.

Friday 25 Jun 2010 12:08

48 miles into day and it Is finally lunch time. I owe the clothes hanging from my bike to Mo who recited the author who did this. Works but takes your focus off countryside. I didn't miss anything. Another ghost town, but at least picnic tables.

Posted: June 25, 2010, 4:08 p.m.

Friday 25 Jun 2010 10:18

Huzzah! Map change of panel. Bike and rider need a flag, if we had one would be flying upright.

Posted: June 25, 2010, 2:18 p.m.

Friday 25 Jun 2010 10:08

First lunch or second breakfast. Following the freeway so towns are gone. Map panel change in two miles.

Posted: June 25, 2010, 2:08 p.m.

Thursday 24 Jun 2010 20:42

Christiansburg at night, shopping done and sitting on Main St., not a small town. Rode 83 miles today. I bought the wrong juice at the store, but it wasn't until I sat here I read the label. Will have to pay more attention. No riders but met a guy doing the AT today and met a very helpful local rider. Cannot believe the hillwork and worst is coming over next three days. Headwinds most of the day and with the heat not pretty.

Posted: June 25, 2010, 12:42 a.m.

Thursday 24 Jun 2010 10:53

Saved most of the time by team advice what you see is always better than down the road. 40 miles in and time for lunch and rest. Legs blown out from yesterday and hard to even move forward. Was 88 at 8:00 this morning.

Posted: June 24, 2010, 2:53 p.m.

Wednesday 23 Jun 2010 20:46

Today left me with no legs. 94.33 miles and way too many feet climbing. Trying to shower before dark, sun setting 9 hours riding, out there another 14.

Posted: June 24, 2010, 12:46 a.m.

Wednesday 23 Jun 2010 13:29

That was a hill, where is this "down" part?

Posted: June 23, 2010, 5:29 p.m.

Wednesday 23 Jun 2010 13:18

Starting to heat up, already been to 3200 feet, lots of intermediate climbs done, more to come. Only food in hours so lunchtime.

Posted: June 23, 2010, 5:18 p.m.

Wednesday 23 Jun 2010 10:23

Cookie lady bike house, Gordon was right, Afton on a hill, lots of climbing already and pass ahead, slow because of his, going smoothly.

Posted: June 23, 2010, 2:23 p.m.

Wednesday 23 Jun 2010 8:47

The best coffee I have had, as good a home, fresh wholesome homemade food comparable to best in Portland. Great stop. First 3000 foot climb coming up.

Posted: June 23, 2010, 12:47 p.m.

Tuesday 22 Jun 2010 7:53

In Charlottesville at relatives, 127 miles, nearly 10 hours in the saddle. Taking day off to visit. Swerved for first turtle in road and outran first dogs. Riding on my own now.

Posted: June 22, 2010, 11:53 a.m.

Monday 21 Jun 2010 14:00

Pix taken just because of town name.

Posted: June 21, 2010, 6 p.m.

Monday 21 Jun 2010 9:57

Ashland, VA, 40 miles into the day and the last town for awhile. Starting to heat up. Mineral or Charlottesville maybe today.

Posted: June 21, 2010, 1:57 p.m.

Sunday 20 Jun 2010 17:58

70.23 miles, very hot, humid. Usual first day, missed signs, closed restaurants, detours. Riding with a music teacher, Kevin from Philly.

Posted: June 20, 2010, 9:58 p.m.

Sunday 20 Jun 2010 6:44

So it begins, out of Yorktown 7:00am, heading west.

Posted: June 20, 2010, 10:44 a.m.

Enginerve's TransAm Adventure

User: enginerve
Dates: 20 Jun 2010 - 6 Aug 2010
Duration: 1 month, 2 weeks
URL: http://bike.enginerve.com/

The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.

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Nice work, Mr. Walker!

WhooHoo!! Congrats on Santiam Pass!

Hey John, you are bringing back memories of my younger days. I used to be a member of the Richland Lion's Club back in the early 80's. We used to go fishing on the Powder River portion of Brownlee every year.
Be safe.

It's hard to believe that you have only been biking for five weeks! What a feat!

137! You anxious to get home? Are you shooting for a specific day to arrive PDX?

Can't be too careful these days. Wouldn't of wanted to piss her off. Might of ended up being her... never mind.

Yee Haw .... you need a horse, not a bike. I fondly remember all those Louis Lamour novels that you read in your early teens (weren't they Western themes?)
Take care.

WHooo HOooooo! Half way, chug, chug, chug, chug, you've got it made, you've got it made,.....

How are you in Colorado already?? You are just flying through the country!

Colorado! you are flying across country!

One good thing about Kansas, you can get 110 mile days in. Is that a good thing?

Expect you in Colorado next week! Leave Toto and the tornadoes asap. Afterall, what's a little lightning in the high country?

Looks like you are about 1/3 of the way. Nice going, John Walker. 100 mile days, whew!

John! Are you headed to Eminence tonight? Or Centerville? We are in Eminence at a B&B with my parents, leaving in the morning. We can wait around for you. Or you can catch us on the road.

But . . . we are working on an organic farm in Walnut Grove, MO for a couple of days so we'll be stopping there for a bit . . . .

Hope the rain ends tonight. The hostel looks nice. "I have miles to go before I sleep..." Take care, Jill

Hope things are going well. See you're motoring into St Louis or thereabouts. Kind of warm this time of year in the midwest. All the best!

You are amazing!

Sunday 27 Jun 2010 21:31 - what's a blackberry bike? typo or cocktail?

Great posts, please keep them coming. Can't imagine 9 hours in the saddle! Let's see, Isabel slept 9 hours, takes me 9 hours to get to work, work and then back, nope, can't imagine. 88 degrees plus humidity, whoa! Does it seem cooler, once you are moving on the bike? Keep your speed up to out run those scruffy looking dogs, stop at every lake/river, and make, like Tim says, look both ways. What happened to the rider you started out with?

Pics and log notes are Great! Love Buzz and Julie

Enjoyed showing you UVA and Charlottesville on a classic warm humid summer day! May God keep you safe on the road and may you find a Latte at every stop! Smiles and love always, your sister

Hey John,
Am enjoying the pictures and notes about your trip... Maybe by the time you get back to Portland we will have had a few sunny days...

Take care and look both ways...


Hi John,

Congratulations on the start of your great trip! Will be watching progress daily, or whenever you make posts. Only 49/50ths of the trip left to go! Enjoy it, it'll be over before you know it.

Looks like a sunscreen day! (not so in PNW) If you were riding a camel in the desert, you could wear long sleeves and stuff...just something to think about...