Distance: 59 miles, +/- elevation: 1312/564, total miles so far: 2082, weather: Sunny, low 90’s, windy with headwinds and crosswinds.
Another long tough day. Strong headwinds in the morning made for difficult and slow riding. We encountered a few eastbound cyclists today including 3 racers.
Not many stores on the route today but we were saved by stops at 2 churches. Shelly and Jens were ahead of us and alerted us to stops.
When cycling slowly up steep hills you are usually rewarded with a nice downhill. Biking into the wind gives no reward except more slow cycling. It is a mental and physical challenge. Wind slowed and changed to more of a crosswind by afternoon.
Racer Brooke Barney from Columbus, Ohio.
With no services for such long distances really have to carry enough water. No farm houses to even walk up to in this Great Plaines area of KS.
Eastbounder Kevin is from Elgin Illinois. He is a recent college graduate and is biking across country to his new job in Washington, DC.
Next rider that passed us was one of the racers, Mike Arenberg. He did not stop to chat but his biography on the race site says he is 61 years old and from South Elgin Illinois!
Thank goodness for two churches along the way to get out of heat and replenish water. These little fly’s are everywhere. They bite and some feel like a bee sting. We understand the flies are because of the grain.
We rode by this National Historic Site but was 8 miles in on gravel road so stopped at visitor center in Eads. This is a very sad part of our History.