Brutal Winds

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

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Left Garden City late this morning at 8:20 am, because after yesterday's late ride we only got to bed at 12:30 am. We thought it was going to be an easy day because we only had 97 miles to do. Boy were we mistaken. As soon as we started, we were confronted with a strong, relentless head wind (24 mph) that had no pity on us. The last place you want to be on a bicycle is on the mid-western plains when the winds are against you with no protection. We kept hoping that like yesterday at the end of the day that our luck would turn., Unfortunately, that was not to be and we struggled the whole day to maintain a 10 mile per hour average.. We were stuck with those winds until we reached Greensburg where we were spending the night.
Today as we were riding we saw a young cyclist on the side of the road fixing a flat. After stopping to ascertain that he was Ok, we left him only to meet him again on the road when we stopped to take a break. After riding with us for a little while, we soon adopted this kid. A 24 year old graduate student from Portland, Oregon who was riding to Nashville, Tennessee. He had started out with a colleague however he was abandoned in Idaho as his friend did not feel prepared to go on. He rode with us until Dodge City where I enjoyed being in the same location as some of my television favorite characters such as Matt Dillon, Festus Hagen and Doc Adams as well as Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday.. We supplied Tyler with cold water and a bag of fruit and when we stopped for lunch we invited him to have lunch on us. When we got to Greensburg, we found out this town had been leveled by a tornado three years ago and are still in the rebuilding process. Tired but undaunted by the wind, we reached Greensburg at about 7:20 pm.Had another flat today making this No. 4 so far. Tomorrow it's on to Wichita, one day ahead of schedule. Good night you all, Stay tuned.....

Rosalie's corner
My corner will be very brief today because we need to get some sleep!! Dodge City was cool and Boot Hill very interesting. You could almost imagine, Wyatt Earp walking thru town. Greensburg is deserted and not a lot here. One Mexican restaurant, two hotels and not much else. We're going to try to leave at 5:30 am tomorrow. Hopefully the winds won't be as strong. We're staying at a Hilton in Wichita and I am looking forward to that!! There are no statistics today as John does not have access to a business center so we wiill send them tomorrow. Sleep tight!
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John Bexiga on

Wow! I would've thought that the big challenge was to get over the Rockies.

"When the going gets tough, the tough get going" That's your new motto.

Joe McMahon on

Dorothy, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore!

Way to go papi. Keep up the good work. See you in Jersey. Kiss that nice lady in the support van.

Ken Wicks on

Camp starts tomorrow and I am inspired by the three of you and your passion for this ride. Way to go!

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