In and Out of Oklahoma

Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
Trip End Aug 21, 2011

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Elkhart Public RV Park

Flag of United States  , Kansas
Thursday, July 14, 2011

After the stormy night we woke to a brilliant blue sky and at 7.30am it was already very hot. We've finally run out of the Soltan ’Once’ Factor 30 wonder sun cream which mum has been sending out to us at every opportunity and now have to trust some US brand which was worryingly cheap. We need hard core stuff to see us through 6/8hrs in the baking heat.

Back on the bikes we cruised to Boise City, a tailwind meaning we rode 19 miles in 1hr 5mins. Very pleased with our progress and the pretty corn/blue sky views which Oklahoma is providing, I went into a tiny hotel to ask where we could find a café with wifi. (Boise City was no bigger than Clayton, although it did have a gun shop). Inside the Crystal Inn I found a very kind lady who said we could come in and sit on the sofas in the reception and use their internet. Once we were settled in with cold drinks she kept coming back and checking up on us, wondering if we wanted to watch TV or needed ice with our drinks! So nice.

Map checked we set off for Elkhart which we had discovered is in Kansas – not much time spent getting to know Oklahoma then. We stopped briefly on the way at a garage where we weighed ourselves for the first time since Borneo and found Mikey’s lost 2kg and I’ve put on 2!

The tailwind continued and we raced through another 40 miles. Oklahoma has convenient shady roadside tables placed at 15 mile intervals which we took full advantage of.  The border between the states was immediately before Elkhart and reminded us to check the time. It seems we lost an hour yesterday when we passed out of New Mexico. We are now on Central US time and only 6hrs behind the UK. Yet one more sign of how much closer to home we are.

The sign for Elkhart showed us why we had been feeling so hot – 100F, and we set out to look for a shady place to rest. There are no cafes so we ended up at the super market where the ridiculously friendly checkout lady said we could camp in her garden! We then headed to library where we collapsed in the grass outside to take advantage of their wifi. Another lady came out and told us to come in and sit on their sofas in the air-conditioning! What a great place. It turns out they’ve got a public RV site with water and electricity, so we decided to stay there rather than mess up Sharon from the supermarket’s lawn. There’s no shade at the site which is not great, but a hose/shower made us feel a lot better.

The incredibly strong wind which snapped two tent poles was a bit of a downer, but I managed to fix them whilst Mikey cycled back to the supermarket to tell Sharon the new plan and buy supper. We were very hot and bothered at the RV site so have headed across the railway tracks and found a grassy haven behind the towns baseball pitch. As it now doesn’t get dark until 10, and the sun is still ragingly  hot at 7, I think we’ll be here a while!

Miles Cycled:  64 speedy (tailwind)  sweaty (100F) miles
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Jojo on

You seem to be going great guns now - it looks as if you are almost half way accross the States - thank heavens for new tyres. E,G and O went to Suthampton to choose their kitchen this morning and P,E, CJB and I west to the Inn on the Beach on Hayling Island - lovely spot right on the beach overlooking th Isel of Wight.
LOL Jojo

triciagick on

Just got back from a lovely day on the water with the Hollis's and Williams - Fatface - Ian has two stunning children - 2year old Thea and 3 month Ben. Then a stag group arrived and I did them supper and have just got home for a quiet night - left Dads to it. Got tomorrow and some of Sunday to prepare for a three day charter starting Monday - wet forecast = Bummer! X

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