Today I woke up to a nice surprise. The outside temperature was, as advertised, 10 degrees cooler. For the first time in a while there were clouds in the sky. It doesn’t take much to impress me. Generally there have been no clouds in the sky. I felt pretty good as I rolled out of town. The roads were flat for the first few miles. A wind picked up, and there were some small rolling hills. After 2 hours of riding, the wind was blowing pretty good. Not a lot, but on a bike…. As I entered the town of Kendell, I changed into the Central Time Zone. There was a small cemetery at the edge of town, so I decided to take a break. As I was leaving, I noticed a large rain cloud ahead. It was slowly moving across my path. Fortunately, I am slow, and I passed behind it.
Somewhat down the road, Cat found me to check that I was ok. She told me about another cemetery just outside of Lakin. I also stopped there to walk around a bit. From there to Garden City was just one long, hot ride with wind in my face.
It seemed like it took forever to reach the motel. But here we are, and tomorrow is another day.
Today’s mileage was 65.6 and total mileage is at 732.2.
I saw this Calvary soldier as a mural on the side of a building in Syracuse as I was leaving the city this morning. There are many large murals lining the roadway to commemorate the Santa Fe Trail. The fields of corn seem to be growing in acreage as well as height.
I found gas under $2.00 per gallon! Couldn’t fill up the car enough, I was so excited. I arrived in Garden City shortly after gassing up. Garden City is a good sized city, so I used my connection with the web to find nail salons; seven of them. It seems that here in Kansas people do not just “walk in.” They were all booked for the entire day. Well there was one that wasn’t in even though the ‘open’ sign was in the door’s window. The women at the hair salon next door all said they never know when she is coming in to her shop. Funny way to run a business.
Online I found out that Garden City’s one claim to fame is the largest municipal pool in the world. When I went to view it, there was no one there. I took a picture of the photo on the wall showing wind-surfing on the pool. I will have to take their word for it.
I am excited about reaching Dodge City tomorrow. Guess I am just a kid at heart.