Finally, Rain in Kansas

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

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Fort Scott Campground

Flag of United States  , Kansas
Sunday, July 24, 2011

Finally the rain came. As we left the RV park in Iola where another extremely friendly Kansan called Budd had let out camp for free, the clouds crept up from the west.  We fuelled up on yet another MacDonalds breakfast (we are trying to match that guy in 'Supersize Me' who lived off only MacDonalds for a year) the sky darkened and as we cycled out of pretty Iola it rained on us.  The relief was immediate, at last we felt cool on the bikes.  Being British we left it about 10 minutes before we started complaining about said rain.

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
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triciagick on

Just back from a really lovely evening sail with a group of 12 from Pompey - just the right amount of wind and a beautiful barmy evening. Finished off with mackeral caught on board yesterday and then a brilliant blog catch up - well done, you must just want to get cool and doss down after your hot days. Hope it cools down for you and that you don't get your tent blown over. XXXX

mum and dad on

Good to catch up with you.Still so hot for you.Certainly meeting some interesting and very kind people.Hope the storms haven't been too fierce.School holidays started here.Lots of campers across the field and lots of cyclists passing us each day.Good spell of weather for them all at mo.Take carexxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Lindy on

Lovely way to start my day by catching up on the blog - it is amazing enough thinking of you both cycling across the US just can't imagine what running across the states would be like. I was very very tired yesterday and had only gardened for 6 hours in a temp of 70 ish!! People certainly have been amazing to you - when we went to California we had the same thing - a couple met us on the plane and later took us on a trip round to show us parts we would never have seen - lovely.
Think your animal visitor could have been a beaver although liked Trica's suggestion.
Hope it gets a bit cooler - under a month to go!!!
Take care Love Lindy

triciagick on

They are now due back on the 27th August Lindy - so just over a month to go! Count down has begun. X

Jojo on

Hope you survived the winds in the night! Had a look on your mates 'oVERSEAXPRESS' site and loved the pictures of you two in your pink and orange chairs! You certtainly seem to be meeting some amazing people - i do hoe you are not going to find life too tame back in Bosham. It's a month to go now which seems unbelivable and still quite a way to go - not that there is any doubting your abilities to do it at ease. All getting quite excited about seeing you again, Take care and don't talk to too many strange people!
LOL Jojo

Spigs on

Hey lads,

Great reading as always. Jon has just got back from New York with work and had a nightmare in the heat so we both have massive respect for you guys cycling and camping in it every day. We bailed out of our tent camping in August last year - it was just ridiculous. And the insect bites were terrible too. Obviously I'm now ridiculously happy as it's the end of term - only slightly marred by the fact that I have to write my Master's dissertation by the end of August. BY which time you'll be back :-) Cannot wait. Had the lads round last week and we were discussing your return weekend. Brilliant that it now feels in sight. Take good care of yourselves til then. Lots of love Xxx

auntbymarriage on

Have been so transported by cycling life in that heat with such friendly people, that when a bit of my tooth fell out just now, I did swallowing instead of spitting! How is the dentist going to fix that?! Love the names of towns on the map as well. Went to a lovely wedding on Saturday at Bosham Church and then on Quay meadow. Very English, very blissful. Would like E,O and G back now please as when they're in residence, I get to see C,G, JJ,C walking to and fro past my kitchen. Am so looking forward to having P and M walking past soon as well. What a truly fantastic blog you've given us. Cycle on well and carefully. xxxxxx

Jojo on

Christopher is fixing my tricycle for the big event - that's when he's not building E&G's kitchen - what a labour of love but it will look terrific when done. Hope you have a super weel earned rest in St Louis - hope you manage to get to hear some jazz.

Jojo on

Or even 'well' earned rest!

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