Finally, Rain in Kansas
Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
360Trip End Aug 21, 2011
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Where I stayed
Fort Scott Campground
We passed through some funny little towns, one was named ‘Gas’, before turning off Highway 54 into Uniontown. The first 20 miles had been a nice ride but we were into a strong easterly which made our progress slow. Uniontown was another very laid back small American town and the lovely lady in the local stores whipped us up a truly fantastic ham and salami sandwich
We spent the next 2 hours riding along Maple Road which felt very much like an English country lane. There was almost no traffic and tall green hedgerows on either side, so very different to West Kansas. The usual payback for taking the scenic road hit back at us with ups and downs and the continuing strong head wind. When we arrived in Fort Scott the computer only read 42 miles but we both knew that would be enough for today.
Following the familiar script we asked the locals where to find the public pool and a campground. After half an hour watching a junior baseball game we dived in to the pool and enjoyed the respite from the heat wave. We then cycled back out of town to find a lovely campsite which has just been taken over by new owners after years of neglect. They have their work cut out but seem determined to bring the site back to its former glory. The ponytailed, Harley riding preacher checked us in and told us how he plans to turn the site into a campers paradise, as it was when he was a child.
The evening saw another violent thunder and lightning storm. We spent a good hour fixing the tent with duct tape and coke cans and set about catching up with the blog, 3 days behind, whoops. As we write another storm is worryingly close. The forks of lightening are providing quite a show. A local in his pickup just drove by to tell us that the storm that passed through an hour ago has blown a house over on the other side of town. He suggested that we might want to take cover if the wind gets up again.
Miles Cycled: 43 and a few miles were in the rain