Eureka to Harvey County East Park, Kansas. (69 mi.) Mile 1838
Tailwinds and tent camping
We are in a very nice county park this evening, where I am sitting on a picnic table with the laptop plugged into the power reserved for RVs. It is sunny and warm, with a breeze coming off the man-
Our camp at Harvey County East Park
This morning about 15 miles out of Eureka, I suddenly noticed the wind seemed to grow still and quiet. My legs propelled me effortlessly up the next long grade. It could only be... a tailwind! Yahoo! This was our first significant tailwind this trip, gusting from the S-
Now that we are in Kansas, we are meeting more and more eastbound TransAm cyclists on the road. We met two today, out in the middle of nowhere, battling what for them was a headwind. One was averaging only 6 mph, while our pace was 2-
This is a good year for the Flint Hills pastureland. Cattle are trucked here from other states to fatten up, gaining 3 1/2 lbs/day, better than a feedlot. In about a month, the cattle trucks will be hauling them back to their home states, not a good time for a bicyclist to be on the road.
One of the highlights of the day was stopping for breakfast at "The Old Hat" cafe in tiny Rosalia. This was the first time we have had the locals flash us big friendly grins when we walked in, as if to say, "Hey, we caught another bicyclist." We learned the homemade pie here not only attracts TransAm bicyclists, about 50-
Mike broke another spoke on his rear wheel and replaced it. Since this problem started when the rear rim was replaced in Carbondale, it is tempting to think something wasn't done right at that time. We've now replaced 7 out of the 36 spokes, only 29 to go.
Making new friends outside The Old Hat cafe
Spokesman Mike became adept at replacing spokes