Finally a BREAK!

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

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Flag of United States  , Kansas
Saturday, July 30, 2011

With Rosalie lighting up the way, we took off at 6 am from the Hilton Wichita. With winds not being a factor this early in the morning, we rolled at an easy pace for the first two hours to our first stop at the only place open for breakfast, a McDonald's in Augusta.(a first for me). As we walked in, it looked like they were having a senior citizens meeting in town for almost everyone there having breakfast were older couples. It must be the thing to do there on a Saturday morning.
As soon as we left Augusta, we got our first break in Kansas. A semi tail wind from the Southwest, which carried us for the next three hours. We then stopped for lunch at the Copper Kettle and you guys can't believe what I ate for lunch - a big salad, a filet mignon cooked to perfection, sweet potato fries and four glasses of delicious ice tea with loads of sugar.  You would think we would rest for two hours to digest the food after a meal like that ,but we got  right back on our bikes to continue our ride. When I came out and did not see the bikes where I had left them, I panicked and went back inside to tell John and Rosalie that the bikes were gone. It was then that John told me he had moved the bikes to the side of the building so we could keep an eye on them. What a relief ......  We resumed our ride and after a right turn, what was until then a semi tail wing turned into a direct crosswind from the south. After the last three days we've had, we were ecstatic to be faced with a crosswind.,
After a couple of rest stops to eat some fruit and replenish our bottles, we resumed our ride but by now the wind had changed from the Southeast for the last 15 miles to complete the 126 mile trip.
We arrived at the hotel and had dinner at a restaurant next to the hotel. They were offering an all you can eat, steak and seafood buffet. As you can imagine we pigged out! There was an older gentleman there who started asking us questions and when we told him what we were doing he not only kept asking us questions,he also wanted to call the local journalists to meet with us. We politely refused but the pleasant conversation continued. This is a town of 6,000 people and everyone we met was very friendly.
As for the fly swatter Melino, she's been pushing us hard even without it. Tomorrow is a "rest day " only 76 miles. Onward to El Dorado Springs, Missouri.  It's 9:30 pm, I'm going to bed, the earliest since starting this journey.  Stay tuned.....

Rosalie's Corner
A delayed reaction to my husband's comments of yesterday and reply to John Bexiga. The question is not whether he will keep me, the question is if I will stay with him after all he has put me through on this trip.
It's nuts watching the two of them eat, they just keep filling up but I guess it's their gasoline to keep them going. I watch and am amazed at the quantity of food consumed again and again. I'm gaining weight just watching them eat. Today was a good day as we got to the hotel fairly early and tomorrow will only be 77 miles to El Dorado Springs in Missouri- Yippee- one more state. We are more than half way there having ridden close to 1600 miles. Jersey here I come!!!

John's statistics for today:

Total miles:          125.9

Ride Time:           8 hours & 22 minutes

Avg. Speed:          15.1 MPH

Calories Burned:   7,284

Total Elevation:    2,133 (not much climbing, just some rolling roads which were nice)

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Mario de Oliveira on

Hi Joe,
I'm glad you guys are leaving Kansas. Spent one year there, in Fort Riley. Looks like you are passing just south of it. Not a pleasant state to drive through: hot and boring in the summer. Get out of there before the tornadoes hit. Wishing you good health, continued healthy apetite, and strong favorable winds. See you in Lambertville with my movie camera in hand. Godspeed.

Vickie & Carlos Fonseca on

Dear Joe,
Wishing you a safe trip. May God be with you and your friend each and everyday, give you strengh, health, and courage to fullfill your dream and finish you trip. Great work.

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