Monday, May 6, 2013

Day 16 - 109 Mi to Topeka, KS

We continue to ride in Kansas and I must correct myself from yesterday's post as we won't reach the halfway point until 9 miles in tomorrow.  It is hard to believe that I am half way across the country.  Things are moving at a quick pace.  The routine is down pat now, rise early, eat, dress, load luggage, ride, eat, ride, eat, ride, shower, eat, go to sleep early. Repeat daily until rest day.  

Although we rode in Kansas you may think it's flat but if you look at the ride profile above, today was entirely up and down like a rollercoaster and that totaled 4500 feet of climbing.  The winds today were from the north and gentle and did not play a factor as my riding partner Jim and I were able to average 17.1 MPH for the entire 109 miles.

The morning started out a cool (43 degrees) but not cold and a bit of moisture in the air as the sun was not out until noon.  Today was a good riding day if you like riding where there is hardly any civilization.  Plenty of cattle, horses, and small oil rigs.  There were some houses along the way with some unique bike art.... Not sure they like cyclist.  

Our first SAG stop today was in this tiny town called White City, Kansas.  For a small town they had a nice memorial park for all their military members past and present.  It was a very nice tribute and on the back of the monument the words "Freedom is not Free". 

 Tomorrow we get more of the same,  up and down but longer at 123 miles to Cameron, MO., or 7th state.  Getting closer to home every day :)

(Most Photos taken by Mike Munk-