We got up this morning expecting high temperatures (93 degrees) and high winds ( 20 mph +) only to experience just the opposite. When we left Chanute the wind was blowing at 12 mph from the South, South East with clear skies. As the day went along the clouds rolled in and the temperature fell. When we arrived at Eureka the temperature was around 70 degrees. The light wind pushed us the last 19 miles into Eureka, but then this is Kansas. As I write this the temperature is 82 and they are still expecting it to go up to 90 degrees by 6 pm. They are also forecasting a 73% chance of Heavy Thunderstorm by 11 p.m.
Kye and I have checked into hotels for the night so I could get up to date with the Blog. After hearing about the possible thunderstorms some other riders have also taken the hotel route.
Today’s ride was an easy ride. No big hills, no high winds, no strong winds, what else could you ask for. How about a pet lizard from a place called “Lizard Lips” and from the Lizard Lip Lady herself. This is just outside of Toronto Kansas on Highway 54. I had heard about this place from other bloggers but I didn’t realize where I was until I asked for the key to the restroom and the Lizard Lip Lady gave me the key and pointed to the floor and said “just follow the yellow brick road”. I was in shock, I definitely did not want to miss this place and I almost did. My lizard as a place of honor on my bike for the rest of the trip.
Now we hope for a quite uneventful night. No Rain, No High Winds, No Thunder.
After a great stay in Pittsburg we hit the road again and like always this state lived up to its billing also. Why couldn’t at least one state NOT live up to its billing. The roads were basically flat but then the wind came. Since I was borne and raised in north central Kansas, I knew what we could expect in the winds. When we left Pittsburg the wind was blowing out of the south at 9 mph. By the time we got to camp there was a sustained wind of 22 mph with gust up to 32 mph out of the south. This made it great when we went north but that accounted for 9 of the 58 miles. The remaining 49 miles were westerly so we had a stiff crosswind. That made for hard riding.
The challenge continued in camp. Hang on to your tent while trying to set it up or hope you could find it somewhere in the next county. We hope the wind will subside this evening.
We are camping at the Santa Fe Park Campground in Chanute. They have warm showers and a number of ball diamonds. We are in hopes there will be a game tonight.
What a great place to have a rest day. Not only because of the special treatment we received but it is a convenient place for some of my family and friends to come out a visit us.
Last night Shaun, Ashton, Theo and Thatcher Hill joined Kye and I for dinner. We had a great time catching up and covering the bike ride to date. The boys provided us entertainment as only young boys can.
On our rest day we did a service project for a lady that is bed ridden with MS. She has two windows that she looks out of. So we focused on cleaning the yard and fence outside her windows but like always we extended it to include all the fence and the yard. The trash collectors will have extra work this week picking up all the bags of trash we filled.
This evening Kye and I were treated to dinner by our great kayaking friends Larry and Heidi Scroggins from Kansas City, MO. Ryan, Julie and the boys joined us also. We had a great time catching up and sharing the BiketheUSforMS experience.