Dorothy, we're HOME!!!
Trip Start Jul 17, 2011
30Trip End Aug 13, 2011
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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
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.
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)