Today's ride from Liberal, KS to Dodge City started a little chilly at 28 degrees with some wind anticipated at up to 15 MPH. We all started bundled up as seen in my rider kit today. We headed out past Dorothy and Toto's street on the way to Dodge City.
|Follow the Yellow Brick Road|
|The wind is so famous out here they name streets after it.|
|My roommate Floris took this picture of me and Jim Jenkins as he passed us on the road|
As we rode into Dodge City today, we ride right down Wyatt Earp Boulevard to get to our motel. Dodge City has an interesting history that I'm sure you've studied in your youth...from lawless cattle town to being the center of commerce in the 1870s.
The longhorn cattle were descendants of cattle brought into this area in the early 16th century by the Spanish. Shortly after the civil war, 1875-1886, over 4 million longhorns passed through Dodge on trail drives to northern markets. We passed several other historical places on our ride today. We had lunch beside the Dalton Gang's hideout and secret tunnel in Meade Kansas.
This picture is of "El Capitan," a statue of a steer that represents the many longhorn cattle that came through this town on their way to the Santa Fe railhead.
Tomorrow we get out of Dodge and head 84 miles to Great Bend, KS. Come back and see the highlights of tomorrows ride and don't forget to spread the word about the Wounded Warrior Project fundraising effort.
(Most Photos taken by Mike Munk- Bamacyclist.com)
|I did get my sixth flat of the ride around the thirty mile mark and and had some very interested visitors as we fixed the flat.|