Tent in Tornado Town. A Good Idea?
Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
360Trip End Aug 21, 2011
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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
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