Posted by: rustymccain | July 3, 2011


Yes, we are halfway! If our mileage calculations are correct, we are just a little past the halfway point of our journey. We are now a little over 1,900 miles and tomorrow, with any luck, we’ll hit 2,000 miles.

We watched a movie last night and neither one of us made it to the end. The movie started way too late. It started at 7:00 and neither one of us could make it past 8:00 or so, so we missed it. We were awakened by a thunderstorm during the night, so I was a little concerned when I woke up this morning. However, thunderstorms had moved out of the area by the time we got ready and roads were dry for our start.

We got our coffee at a market near our hotel. The owner there wished us luck and lamented that we were riding in one of the hottest summers in Kansas history. I don’t know if he is correct, but it does seem like it. Temperatures over 100 degrees has been the norm for the last few days and the forecast is for more of the same.

However, each day starts with comfortable temperatures, so we have been lucky that way. Today, we continued our fight with the wind. In that, we have been unlucky. Our speed has been reduced, so we are staying in the saddle longer than we anticipated. Good news is that the roads have gotten much better. Today, there was only one opportunity to fill up with drinks and snacks. However, when we rolled into the little town of Rush Center at mile 32, the four stores there were all closed. Luckily, there were drink machines there and we decided the sports drink of the day would be Pepsi.

New Friends Olive and Ben

While we were there, a really nice young couple, Ben and Olive pulled in to say “hi”. They were headed west. They got married just a couple of months ago and this is their kinda/sorta honeymoon. Olive is going to grad school when this trip is over. Ben is going to open a specialty ice cream shop. This got Ray’s attention very quickly. He later wondered out loud if he could mail-order ice cream.

While we were speaking with them, David and Pete pulled in as well. This stop became another great serendipitous moment on our journey. It is not just the majestic sights of this country that make the journey worthwhile. To me it is the positivity of our fellow travelers and camaraderie that make it such a special treat.

Do We Go Straight Here

We headed due south into a direct headwind for the next 19 miles, but when we turned, the wind was a sidewind. The net effect seemed like a tailwind to us and the rest of the ride into our destination of the day, Larned, KS, was very pleasant. The countryside is beautiful in its own way, but I didn’t get many pics today. I will try to do a better job of that in the future. Today, I was concentrating again on turning my pedals over. This is such awesome fun, but have I mentioned that it is hard? Still loving it!

Happy Fourth of July to everyone. We are so darn lucky to have the freedom to do something like this. And I have been completely overwhelmed by the kindness of total strangers on this trip. I love this country. We will celebrate with a 110 mile ride into Newton, KS, tomorrow. Wish us luck on the Fourth.


  1. Pepsi and a honey bun or snickers, riding your bike. So, are you having fun yet. 🙂 Keep it up. You are doing so well.

  2. Have I mentioned how jealous I am of you two? You gotta be having so much fun. Keep it up.

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