Sunday, July 16, 2017

Kansas Drawing to a Close

Day 43 - 7/16/17 - Chanute, KS to Pittsburg, KS - 58 Miles

Average Speed - There's something wrong with my brakes

Lodging - Lamplighter Inn and Suites

Today was a relatively easy day, though a hot one.  I pulled out early this morning to, not beat, but get ahead of the heat.  The winds were mild.  It was a beautiful morning to be on a bike.  I knew I only had 58 miles to cover.  I pedaled at a relaxed pace... no haste.  I just pedaled and enjoyed each revolution.
Neosho River
My map showed that the first town with services was Walnut.  With a population of only 219 and it being a Sunday, I gave it a 10% chance that the store would be open.  To my pleasant surprise it was open.  I went in, picked up a gatorade, chocolate milk (still craving), coffee and an english muffin with sausage, egg and cheese.  I sat down among a bunch of old timers drinking coffee.  In spandex, I didn't exactly fit in, but as I have experienced time and again in Kansas, the people are kind and accepting.  It felt good sitting there and talking.  I hated to leave, but I have a country to pedal across.

As my time in Kansas draws to a close, the miles seem to rush under my wheels.  I can't seem to ride slow enough.  I'm not ready for it to end, but I'm looking forward to what the road holds tomorrow!
I Think I Will Be OK

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