Sunday, May 5, 2013

Day 15 - 129 Mi to Abilene, KS

Dwight D. Eisenhower boyhood home

After yesterday everyone was concerned with the wind for today's ride, 129 miles to Abilene, KS the boyhood home of General and 34th President of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower and home of his Presidential library and museum.  

Today was not as tough as yesterday but not entirely favorable as the wind bully was a little bit more tame with 10 MPH headwinds.  When we departed this morning it was a cold and raw day as there was no sun.    Our route today took us east out of Great Bend into gently rolling terrain.  The first 75 miles of the day we due east so the the north wind was a cross wind and we were able to travel pretty good. Our one turn, in Canton, took us on a lonely county road northward all the way to Abilene.  There are two unique water towers in Canton, one for hot water and one for cold water.  
Hot and Cold water towers in Canton, KS 
There was not a lot to see today as the terrain and area is still a vast open space.  We are starting to see more green than brown though as we continue east.  I guess thats good right?  Our last SAG stop was in Gypsum, KS where we  met this older gentleman who was a Vietnam Vet with three Purple Hearts and one Bronze Star.  He had a small garage for fixing everything and he let us use his bathroom.  The toilet had an interesting warning sign.    We also did not know that bikes were not allowed

Check out the warning sign

What? No bikes allowed. No One told us

The ride was not as bad as we expected and I was able to average 17 MPH for the 129 Miles.  When we got to the hotel I finally jumped into a hot tub. The day ended at a very good family restaurant, The Brookville Hotel.  No need for a menu as they only serve Fried Chicken and Fixin's Family Style. It was excellent.  Tomorrow takes us to Topeka, KS and before we reach our first SAG stop we will have ridden halfway across america.

The Brookville Hotel

(Most Photos taken by Mike Munk-