Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Day 59 Welcome to The Land of Oz!

We met Jerod (eastbound also) in Eads, Colorado. I told him he looks a bit like a young Kris Kringle with the beard thing going on.

Robyn (westbound) also joined us for dinner and breakfast in Eads. She was having some troubles in the nether region also (riding in a men's liner short) so I passed on a pair of my Pearl Izumi shorts that weren't working for me. Hopefully they'll be better for her!

We saved our first turtle! I was lucky to get Gregory to pick it back up because it kept peeing on him!

There was no way he was coming back out of his shell for a picture.

We loved this sign that Joe put in his store window at Sheridan Lake, Colorado. "Welcome Cyclists. In case of bad weather head to white church or rock building to the north across railroad tracks! Basement available in both."

This gives a new meaning to "flat bread".

Brandon, Colorado

"Ohhhh Noooo!... Mr. Bill!"

Welcome To Kansas!

State #6!

A Sea of Sunflowers

Now Highway 96 is the Sunflower Highway (and there are a lot less expansion/freeze cracks causing endless miles of bumps!)

Gregory happily discovers sunflowers up close

Date: Sept. 16, 2009

From: Eads, Colorado

To: Tribune, Kansas

Route: Hwy. 96


Miles Today: 60 miles


Top Speed on this trip: 54.1 mph

Weather: Low 70’s with cloud cover and wind

License Plates Collected: 5 Montana plates, 8 Wyoming plates (2 motorcycle) and 1 Idaho plate (found in WY), 2 Colorado plates

We rose early to beat the wind but took time to have breakfast with our new friends Jerod (eastbound) and Robyn (westbound) before hitting the road around 8 A.M. Jerod left before us but we quickly passed him and found we were having a marvelous morning moving along at a good clip. We hollered back that we’d see him tonight in Tribune if not before. If our day was a repeat of yesterday he’d have outrun us easily but we had an amazing day and even with our lunch stop in Sheridan Lake we made it the 60 miles to Tribune, Kansas before 2:30P.M. and that is record time for us. The Cenex truck stop was a welcome sight with its laundry and showers.

While we were taking care of our chores I contacted the library to see if they had a copy of The Wizard of Oz. (Gregory has never finished watching it because it was a bit scary for him when we tried to watch it when he was much younger.) I know it is a “touristy” thing to do but I couldn’t help it. It has always been one of my favorite movies. Fortunately, Lori the librarian, found a copy and lucky for us the library had hours until 7:00 P.M. on Wednesdays!

We’re at the library and watching the movie as we speak and though Gregory is just beat he is managing to keep his eyes open. I couldn’t be happier. It is our first day in Kansas and we are watching The Wizard of Oz, we’re showered and we have clean laundry, and the people of Kansas have given us a warm welcome.

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