Tent in Tornado Town. A Good Idea?

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

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Greensbug RV Park

Flag of United States  , Kansas
Monday, July 18, 2011

After a very relaxing day yesterday it was time to get back on the road and continue edging our way across The States. Whenever we look at the map it still seems an awfully long way to New York but we continue to enjoy the relatively unlisted towns of central USA.

We sneaked out of Dodge City the quiet way pleased that we had not upset Wyatt Earp and company.  No gun battles here anymore, just some cheesy tourist stuff and a lakeside trailer park which served us well for a couple of nights open air sleeping.  We did do an unnecessary 2 miles as I tried to take a short cut which found us on a dirt track.  Memories of the deadly day in the desert came flooding back and we quickly made a U-turn. It was then a very steady ride for 20 miles until we found Ford.  No prison but a good shop in the shade where we spent an hour reading and took an early lunch.

And then another 20 miles to the next town where we greeted by an extraordinary line up of iron art.  Again we found diner to take a break from the incessant heat.  We seated next to a couple of very shifty looking guys.  We have not felt uncomfortable in The States (maybe Venice Beach was a little 'out there') but these two needed watching.  It was nothing and possibly the result of my newly found commitment to reading crime thrillers but when I saw a similar looking car pulled over 5 miles later I had my finger on the trigger. OK, now I am getting carried away.

We arrived in the town of Greenburg.  This place was hit in 2007 by a tornado and completely flattened.  The place has been rebuilt with a brief of setting an eco-friendly example.  As the trucks steam through, filling up with cheap gas, you wonder how much the token wind turbines are actually worth. 

We found the local swimming pool which looked good until we saw the opening times of 1pm-7pm every day, CLOSED ON MONDAYS.  Slightly put out we pitched up at a conveniently located RV park and took our now customary cooling off under a big tap. 

A huge Greek salad (very rudely interrupted by flies and ants) and some cool drinks in the shade of big tree ends a relaxed Monday. Part of me says ‘that was a pretty uneventful day’.  The wiser part shouts ‘there won’t be many Mondays next year when you can read for two hours only get upset about the pool being closed!’

Much later…..Just as you think the day has passed something happens to make it a gem.  Jeremy and Greg, two guys who are working here in Kansas and staying on the RV park came over and hooked us up with a couple of seriously big box fans which will cool the tent for the night.  Not only that, but we had a great chat on the phone with Greg’s very bright and charming daughters, Bailey and Aubrey.  Jeremy then went to the beer shop and bought us a 6 pack to help us prepare for the ride tomorrow!  Amazing blokes.  They will be up at 5am, out to battle the heat and get on with their welding jobs on one of the local natural gas plants.  Cycling onto New York will be even better after meeting Jeremy and Greg.

Miles Cycled:  50 and yet again the temperature reads 107F
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Mum on

Love the iron art!Dodge City just looked like those cowboy films we used to watch.Hope it cools down a bit soon for you.The weather here is still iffy.Still summer must be waiting for your return.Lots lovexxxxxxxxxxx

Jojo on

Just heard on the news this morning that mid-America is suffering Aa heat wave with temperatures up to 110! What lovely guys to provide you with fans! Could do with a bit of sunshine here!

Charlotte on

Wow the heat sounds incredible but really pleased you guys are meeting some friendly yanks :-)

Lindy on

Just back from Brusssels and have had a lovely time catching up with the blog. Need to get the atlas out again to get a sense of how far you have gone and how far you still have to go - must say it is less exhausting reading now that you are doing 50 miles a day!!
Could do with some of your heat here - seems to be raining everywhere in UK and in Brussels - did the granny bit which was good - fun with Louis (3) who now speaks both English and French - wish I had learnt other languages at that age!
Glad to hear that people are being so helpful and that you have the new tyres
Take care love Lindy

Lindy on

Hope that by adding a comment I might catch up - or maybe you have not been able to update. Hope all is well and that it has become a tad cooler! Actually have sun this morning and the garden beckons - not hugely enthusiastic but needs must!
Love Lindy

Elizabeth@highfield on

Hey guys, Dads just read in the paper that a guy in central america just put two tonnes of ice cubes into his swimming pool to try and cool it down to 82 degrees!!! Do hope you haven't melted! Off to C&Gs for supper tonight so skypage would be cool if your about at any point 8-12 our time! Lots of love xxxxxxx

Lindy on

Missing my fix - hope all is well
Love Lindy

Jojo on

I'm with Lindy on this one - it's been a week! Still 'Crasher' tells me it's hard to get on line and you are heading for St Louis. Hope you are managing to keep reasonably cool. A and Dom are being hedonistic in Sri Lanka have a well earned break. E,G & O are off to Cornwall tomorrow with Charlotte and Giles to day in Rachel's cottage for a week so CJB and I will be rattling around again!
LOL Jojo

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