Day 17 Hays to Logan KS 70 miles.  The last day.

We start north out of Hays on US 183.  We would have been faced with Low 40 temperature with a strong north wind around 20 mph.  The ride would take us through Plainville at 25 miles Stockton 40 miles and Glade at 18 miles.  All of this ride would have been directly north and directly into the wind.  Welcome home.  The wind is a way of life in Kansas, but I would have definitely suffered.  Once at Glade we would have turn west on Kansas Highway 9 for 15 miles into Logan.

Even though the wind would have been coming from our side it would have been tough because on these country highways the road goes through hills that were cut out so in between these hills the wind hits you like a ton of bricks.

I would then pass the even bigger town of Speed Kansas.  The town has two clams of fame.  One Gayle Sayers used to live on a farm just outside of town and Hot Wheels, the toy car held its 40th Anniversary there, but the best thing about Speed is that it is only 10 more miles to LOGAN.

I could see the grain elevator in Logan for miles and I would be wishing I could hurry up and get there.

Home at last.  I don’t care what the weather is like there just isn’t any place like home. Logan isn’t very big population wise but all the people have the largest hearts in the world.  If someone sees you walking across the street and they say “how are you” it isn’t just a saying they mean it.

Walking across the street even in the middle of the block is alright.  You never have wait on the stop light to change green because there isn’t any stop lights in town and very few stop signs.

It would have been great to go to the reunion because it wouldn’t have been just my class from 1970. Anyone and everyone that graduated from Logan High School is invited to each and every yearly reunion.

I may never get to ride my Bicycle to Logan in the future.  This maybe the closest I ever get to making the ride but I can tell you the memories will last me a live time.  In my mind I felt I rode each and every mile of the way.

 

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Thanks to all that read my blog and fro going with me.

Thanks Kye Sook for all your support.  I could never have made it without you.

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Phil we made it

Day 16 Kinsley to Hays KS 69 miles

We start out of Kinsley on US 56 and 183 for 8 miles then US 183 splits from 56.  We will take US 183 the rest of the way to Hays.   We come to a small town of Rush Center where it intersects with Kansas Highway 96.  We will continue on for another 4 miles where we will reach La Crosse.  Here we will take our one and only rest stop of the day.

There is another small town, Liebenthal, but it doesn’t have any services either.

About 5 miles south of Hays we will crest a hill and it is all downhill the rest of the way to Hays.

Why is this of note?  The last time I rode a bike on this road I hit just over 100 mph with the aid of 20 mph tail wind.  No it wasn’t on a bicycle.  I was on my Honda 350 motorcycle and the year 1973.   This was the first time I ever hit 100 mph on 2 wheels and the motorcycle was so light it felt like I was floating.

If I was actually riding the hill today I would have had another 20 mph tail wind and I would have enjoyed the ride just the same.

If I had actually ridden into Hays today we would headed to Precision Valley Golf and Bike shop.  I know what a mixture.  I have met the people here and they told me I would need to call a couple of days ahead to time so they could make sure the bike mechanic would be available.

One more day to go.

Day 15 Greensburg to Kinsley KS 30 Miles

Today is shortest riding day of the trip.  I did this on purpose.  First I was very concerned about yesterday’s ride.  Second I didn’t want to have a 90 miles day today.

I also knew I would be tired once I got in yesterday and I wanted to have enough time to check out Greensburg’s claim to fame which is the “Big Well Museum and Visitor Information Center.  How else can you explain at town of 777 people having two hotels?

This well was hand dug in 1888 and is 109 deep and 32 feet in diameter.  Now that is a hole in the ground.

Today’s ride would have been nice in that the temperature in the afternoon was in the 60 and had a slight 5 mph NE wind.  What a great ride.  We would have been able to leave after lunch and still get to Kinsley in time to check out the center of New York City and San Francisco Ca. sign which indicates it is 1561 Miles to each town.

I have ridden to San Francisco CA before when I  made my first ride across the US on the Traans AM route with Bike the US for MS in 2017.  We didn’t go through Kinsley at that time.

Today’s ride was nice with a temperature of 85 Degree and an unheard to Humidity level of 26%.  I really thought I was in Kansas.

Day 14 Woodward OK to Greensburg KS 87 Miles

This will be a trying day.  The first town we come to is Coldwater Kansas which is 62 miles from Woodward.  Kye will have to find places to make rest stops.   One of these stops will be close to the Kansas State Line.  After Coldwater we will ride 25 miles to Greensburg Kansas.

Today’s training was over common routes.  The weather was warm with a slight breeze out of the south.  Unlike the ride we would have had if we could have road the actual route, the temperature started out in the low 60 and the high was in the mid-70s with 10 mph wind out of the northwest.  This would have been a rough day.

Day 12 Elk City to Woodward OK 77 Miles

Day 12 Elk City to Woodward OK 77 miles

We take Oklahoma Highway 34 north out of Elk City where we will ride for miles in a very large oil field until a little north of Leedey.  We will stop in Leedey for a rest stop which 34 miles into today’s ride.

We will continue north into Vici OK where we may take a rest stop before making our last 21 mile pull on Highway 34 all the way into Woodward.

Today’s training ride took us south into Angleton TX.  I had never ridden to Angleton before but the ride back home was fairly nice when riding north since we had a fairly strong South wind.  77 miles did give me a good workout.

Day 11 Altus to Elk City OK 57 Miles

We will be on one highway all day today and It Oklahoma 6.  Most of the road is a 4 lane divided highway.  We will have one stop at Granite OK at the 34 mile point.  Today’s ride would have been straight north all day.

Then back on highway 6 to Elk City OK.  When we get in Elk City we will ride on the Historical US Route 66 for a few miles.  I hope we have some time to explore this area.

Today’s training ride was nothing out of the ordinary.  It was fairly warm  and a mild wind out of the south.

Our heat didn’t come the 100 degree + temperature that Oklahoma had and their wind was out of the south at about 9 MPH.  I wished we had been there.