Distance: 85 miles
Weather: high-60s to begin then to the high-80s, wind…..
Riders had great fun “getting out of Dodge” today! It had rained overnight and the air was cool but, best thing of all, they had a tailwind, over 25 mph! One of the first sights of the day was a giant wind farm. So many windmills it was impossible to count. Perfect place for them with all this wind!
Riders passed briefly through the town of Offerle, KS where there is a mural on the side of a Mexican café. Not sure why it is there, but it’s been there quite a while. Some stopped to take pictures.
Next stop was our sag stop which was at the midway point between San Francisco and New York City, not OUR midway but somebody’s midway for sure! This was in Kinsley, KS and on the grounds of a Museum that has a sod house and numerous other artifacts inside. Riders spent some time visiting the museum and church next door and then playing on the train engine in the museum’s yard before moving on!
Unfortunately, by this time the tailwind was gone🙁; but this is Kansas so there has to be some wind….thankfully it was only a slight headwind as riders approached the second sag stop. This was at “Schnack Park” in Larned, KS. So there riders got to eat a snack in Schnack Park!
Leaving the sag stop the cyclists could tell each time they were approaching a new town by the grain silos. Some were big and some were small but each town had one. We also rode alongside a set of railroad tracks for quite some time today and now and then one would pass and blow its whistle.
For many riders the day ended with a visit to the “Golden Belt Bicycle Company” bike shop. Some because they needed something, others because, well, because…..that’s what we do! It was great to see that Great Bend has a cycling culture that is alive, well and growing!