Distance: 103 miles
Weather: Tailwind for first 30 miles turning into a headwind for the rest of the ride. 80s to 90s and pouring rain while we were at dinner!
Another long day today plus we crossed another time zone! Riders arrived at the hotel to find that they were an hour later than they would have been yesterday. It is hard to give up that hour, especially on a long day like this!
For the first 30 or so miles riders felt a tailwind that helped them get to the Kansas border pretty easily. After that things began to change and a warm headwind started to hinder their efforts to move forward at a quick pace. On top of that, the haze that was keeping riders cool for the first part of the day seemed to turn to heat and humidity at the same time the riders crossed the state border. Almost as if Kansas was trying to tell us something. It is a good thing the day was relatively flat!
After 60 or so miles some riders chose to stop for lunch in Syracuse (no, not the one famous for its university basketball team!). I think some may have even found chocolate milk!
Most of our miles today look the same, large industrial farms line each side of the road as far as the eye can see. Closer to the hotel riders passed the Tyson processing plant, some at the time of day when workers change shifts. Our cyclists were able to navigate this safely and soon everyone was in the hotel safe and sound. Once there riders found sliced oranges, popcorn, cold bottle of water and, especially appreciated, cold washcloths to cool them down. Tomorrow we will “sleep in” and load at 8am (which would have been 7am yesterday). We only have 51 miles to ride to Dodge City! Almost a half day!