Distance: 108 miles
Weather: Cool and rainy (Although our British riders said it was rather warm at times!)
Last night there was thunder and lightning but this morning only rain. These brave souls put on their raingear and red “blinky” lights and headed out for today’s 108 mile challenge. They spent most of their day in the countryside over rolling hills, the Flint Hills to be exact. Quite a change from the flatness to which they had become accustomed in the Western part of Kansas.
We were hoping to see a 4th of July parade at the first sag stop in White City but that was not to be. The riders did arouse some curiosity as they rode through a stopped in Katy Park for the sag stop. Quite a few came out to take some pictures or just talk to the riders. And almost as quickly as we arrived we were gone. Most riders had one goal today and that was to make it to the hotel.
The next part of the day took us through some scenic farmland with many cattle grazing in the fields. At the top of most of the hills riders were treated to a spectacular view of the country below. And, although it continued to rain riders kept smiles on their faces and pedaled through it all to get to Eskeridge where some visited the “Coffee Cup Café” and others merely visited the sag stop.
They last 30 miles brought most riders some relief from the rain. A few noticed the “bicycle art” that greeted them as they rode through Dover. Rumor has it that this art is there because some of the locals were upset with a group of cyclists that did not behave as they rode through and their response was to create art “art” in which bicycles were being destroyed. I guess this is a warning for cyclists to behave here!
Tonight we had dinner together at the hotel as a group. It is great to see how well the group has bonded. It was hard to get a word in sidewise with all the chatter going on. Tomorrow we ride to St. Joseph’s and another rest day. These guys deserve it!