A Ride Through Very Friendly Kansas
Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
360Trip End Aug 21, 2011
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We packed up in Elkhart and headed for the library. Without spelling it out, free camping is great but there is nowhere to go to the toilet. The librarians were very welcoming. We spent a good hour in the shade looking at Google maps (we still haven't bought a map for USA) and updating the blog. Elkhart continued to be one of the most friendly places in the world, I enjoyed a lovely chat with The Elkhart Seniors Minibus who seemed to already know where we were going and what we were doing
After 15 miles smooth riding we found ourselves in Rolla where again we had a lovely time talking to an old guy in a wheelchair who obviously spends his days parked outside the only drinks stop in town and his sidekick, George. When a couple of local farmers pulled up and asked George what he was up to he simply replied “I’m sittin’ here on m’arse!”
The next refuelling stop was in Hugoton. A very American town with yet more lovely people. We enjoyed a very indulgent lunch followed by excellent coffee. When we were there it rained and the locals went mad. There were even small children who had apparently not seen rain before. A local told us how they have only had an inch in the last year and how the farming is taking a huge hit. He told us of fires which had spread for miles and wiped out fields of crops. We got the impression that this part of the US is in tough times but the people remain so pleased to see us.
More than satisfied with lunch we cycled out of Hugoton passing a swimming pool which was hard to ignore
The final 15 miles of a 65 mile day found us in Satanta. This would be our resting place for the night and with our newfound confidence to ask locals for their ideas, within minutes we were on the phone to the local vicars daughter. She arranged for her son to come down and show us to the town church where we could set up camp for the night. Andy dropped us off and we put up our tent behind Satanta Holy Trinity.
We are now in the park where yet more lovely people are coming over and checking us out. Rodney and Letha Williamson have just introduced us to their hilarious and very sweet Grandchildren, Kenny and Marlee. I hope as we move east across America we continue to meet such lovely people. We have cooked up far too much bacon for a Caesar salad (far too much but there is nothing left) and Polly has taken another shower under the park tap this time washing and conditioning her hair. Maybe I should do the same.
Tomorrow we should hit Dodge City where we plan to take a day off.
Miles Cycled: 65, again wind assisted and puncture free