Dorothy, we're HOME!!!

Trip Start Jul 17, 2011
Trip End Aug 13, 2011

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Today we had the latest start so far, 7:30 am in order to try to get some more rest. Fueled by a new found strength due mainly to the light favorable winds, the cool temperatures, the flat and slightly downhill roads and the knowledge that the hills and the oppressive heat of the desert were far back in the rear view mirror, we cruised into Lamar our first stop after 57 miles.
We started out right after lunch and when we were about 4 miles down the road, we got a call from our scout, Rosalie to ask where we were and found out that we had missed a left turn. We turned around and this cost us an additional 7 miles. We left Colorado behind and entered Kansas. What a welcoming we had - strong headwinds making our ride miserable for a considerable amount of time. It wasn't until we got about 25 miles from Garden City, Kansas that the wind gods took pity on us and gave us our tail wind back. So for the last 25 miles we cruised at a pretty good clip into Garden City in spite of some late day showers. Believe it or not we rode 165 miles today after doing 150 yesterday and we were tired but feeling good. We had originally planned to do three one hundred mile days but because we were on a roll we decided to do the three hundred miles in two days thus putting us one day ahead of schedule. I am amazed at how good I am still feeling after so many consecutive long rides. Let's hope it continues. When we stopped for refueling, two cyclists passed us in the opposite direction and after a brief chat we found out they were from Howell township.
Kansas seems to be a land of cattle as we saw thousands of cows just waiting to be shipped to the slaughterhouse. The temperature briefly reached 104 today but for the most part it was warm with a cool wind which made for good riding weather. My appetite returned as soon as we entered Colorado with the cooler temperatures. I am amazed at how much I've been heating, I suppose that is one of the reasons I have been feeling so good. Tomorrow we continue in Kansas but as of yet we have no final destination. We will decide that tomorrow.

Stay tuned

Rosalie's corner:
Today I changed the routine a little. Because they were going to be on Highway 50 for over 100 miles, I decided to stay back at the hotel and catch up on some work. It was great and gave me a little time out of the car. I caught up with them at their first stop (a Second breakfast). We then continued on and it was an interesting day with them getting lost because they were in front of me and then calling me back because of the head winds. I was surprised and happy for them to have finished the 165 miles. It was getting dark as we crossed over into Kansas so I had to keep the lights on them. We also lost another hour crossing into kansas because they are on central standard time. We arrived at the hotel at 8:30 pm. Time to go to sleep.
Here's John's statistics for today:

Total Miles:       165.4 (this was epic especially after doing 150 the day before)

Avg Speed:         17.0 MPH

Ride Time:          9 Hours & 46 minutes (almost 10 hours in the saddle)

Calories Burned:  10,009 (almost 3 Lbs of body weight in one day, 3,500 calories = 1 Lb of body weight)

Total Elevation:   1550 Feet (no climbing today, the road was flat like a sheet of glass, just a few bumps in the road)
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John Bexiga on

Boys, get out the sails! What? You didn't bring the sails? Well, I guess you just gonna have to pedal. Nice going!

Manny on

Simply amazing what you guys are doing. All three of you. Great that the tour is over I have something to look forward to reading about your amazing trip.

Orlando on

Garden City police reports that two cyclists heading east were speeding could it be Joe and John? Please watch for (cattle crossing the road) signs!!! just don't run over the cows!

Glen on

Hi Joe, You know that you are my idol! WOW, alot of miles back to back. Way to go. I heard that you are having trouble eating early in the morning. Cytomax makes a pre-ride drink that is easy to digest and acts as a meal replacement. It has everything the body needs in the way of proteins, carbs etc. If you want to try it, it is called Pre-Performance by Cytomax. Take Care-Glen

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