Dave’s Perspective: Today had a really different start to it. First, when the sun came up, it was a large orange ball. I haven’t seen that in a sunrise in a very long time. You often see it when a full moon is just coming over the horizon. Second was the dew on the car and the grass. It was really thick. It was as if it had just rained. And third, the stillness in the air. That meant there had been no breeze during the early morning hours. With all that, I was ready to get going again.
I was riding on a road that went due South. It was a connector road to the one I needed to take. The only problem was that I was making no eastward progress. Like all the roads here in Kansas, it was a very good road. The shoulders were wide, clean, and smooth.
The country has changed too. Nice easy hills. Lots to look at with cattle and horses out eating breakfast. I heard and saw many birds out this morning as well. Birds of prey along with all the usual roadside birds. The only wild, four-legged animal I have seen in days was a small frog jumping out of my way.
With good roads, lots of distractions, a cemetery to look at, and good weather, I sailed right along today. For a long ride, it was a good ride. Today’s total was 55.5. Trip total is up to 932.5 miles.
(For those who have been following this blog, you may have noticed some mileage errors. Cat and I noticed it too. We went back and redid the math. We believe today’s total is now the correct total. No wonder I am so tired at night!)
Do not know why I was so tired yesterday, but I slept until 4:45. Pratt is know for two water tanks; hot and cold. They do have two tanks, but the names are a joke.
On to the “big” town of Harper today via Medicine Lodge. Everything was still closed, but I did get pictures of the Stockade and Carry Nation’s house next door. She is famous for entering a bar with a hatchet, then destroying everything in it. She was a part of bringing in Prohibition.
The countryside has become more rolling hills with stands of trees. Very pretty. Still a lot of farms. I think I can see the corn growing each day. This town, Harper is large enough for a library, a hospital, and one motel. Will not recommend the motel, but it still beats camping.
I am entering an area where Barn Quilts are becoming popular. I will be hunting those down. They are made from many different materials from wood to plastic, or metal. There is an Association in Kansas to promote this new fade. We could be seeing history in the making.