At each breakfast we have found the locals have their own special table. When a person comes into the café they head to this designated table. We don’t know if they assigned seats but they welcome each other warmly. It reminds me of my home town when I was a kid. You knew when you went to the cafe you never had to eat alone unless you wanted to. What a great custom.
The sign in the hostel last night said “hills end in 23 miles for westbound riders.” That was a true statement and the ones we did have were tame compared to what we are used to.
The highlight of the rest stops were in Golden City. This is a perfect name for a city that has “Cooky’s Café”. This Café is well known by the biking community for its pies. They are all “homemade” on site. The hardest part is choosing what kind of pie you want. I stopped counting at 6 different pies, but our favorite was the strawberry/rhubarb. I had to verify this by having a piece of cherry pie with ice cream first.
State Line KANSAS. I am home again. I was born and raised in Kansas and I am happy to return on a bike.
Tonight we are staying at the Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium. What a treat to stay inside again tonight with 4 showers, wifi access and to top it off great food for all meals. All this is made possible by outstanding volunteers lead by Gina Peak. She had taken the initiative to get involved years ago and we are reaping the benefits today. This is just an outstanding example of type of people that support MS and the BiketheUSforMS ride.
Thanks Gina, we all appreciate what you and all your volunteers do for us. Words don’t begin to explain our gratitude.