Sunday, May 30, 2010

Day 11: 63 miles to McPherson, KS

Appropriately for Memorial Day weekend, the flag is flown at half mast. We had overcast and wind for the first 30 miles out of town and to the first SAG. The wind let up and the overcast provided some nice shade and cool temps.

Distance: 64.21
Total elevation: 795
Calories: 3097
Average speed: 12.8
Time on bike: 5:00

Depending on the town we stay the night at, there is not much to do or see when we get to town. On the road, we ride the back country roads with not many stores and most places are out of service range for 20 miles at a time.

In Kansas, there are fields of wheat and mostly flat roads. The winds can be gentle or change direction along with the curve of the roads. I don’t check the weather, winds, or temperatures because we ride no matter the weather. Minus lightning and tornados.

I have seen smashed turtles, and turtles walking across the road. Plump snakes, baby snakes, and flat snakes. An injured raccoon and a stranded deer. A rabbit ran in my path. The road kill include a skunk and a possible pregnant fox.

There is an abundance of meadow lark. As I ride, I work on my whistle and had the pleasure of conversing with one. Our chirps went back and forth 4 or 5 times.

I have lost track of time. It seems like forever ago that I was at work and in Albuquerque. I find it most difficult to be in a different room every night and not being in my bed. Thank you for the comments and posts. It’s wonderful knowing that you following me and keeping me close to your heart.

1 comment:

  1. Funny, I don't recall seeing any snakes (dead or alive) on our ride last year. In fact, Al was commenting on the lack of wildlife.

    Don't forget to visit the Greyhound Museum in Abilene! Enjoy your day off.