The trip is quickly winding down. Like
a horse turned towards the barn I am getting more and more antsy
the closer I get to home. My one and only thousand mile day occurred
last year when I got into this mood and I ended up riding over
18 hours with almost no stops. I have less and less desire to
interrupt the ride and take pictures so this is the last day where
the photographs on the page were actually taken that day. I will
still include photos from the trip so the pages have some color
but they will be various pictures I did not post on earlier pages
for various reasons.
took Nebraska Hwy 2 southeast until Ansley. I looked for a place
to eat breakfast in Broken Bow but couldn't find anything that
looked appetizing. Hwy 183 led me to Phillipsburg in Kansas where
I ended up getting some lunch at what I thought was a sit-down
family style restaurant but turned out to be an order at the counter
blah place. I was too tired and hungry to find something else
so I made do. All I will say is I left full.
In Phillipsburg I turned east onto 36. Hwy 36 is the type of
road that you think about when you think of traveling through
Kansas. My guess is that the road engineers don't use much of
their curve building skills in Kansas. You mark point A and then
mark point B and the road is a straight line between the two points.
I ached a bit today and stopped frequently to hydrate and stretch
tired muscles. I think the main problem was the heat. It was now
in the upper 80s and seemed quite warm. I had to remind myself
that just a few days before I was riding in 50 and 60 degree weather.
It will take a bit to readjust to the heat and humidity.
headed almost directly east until I reached Marysville. I had
some dinner at a retro 50s type diner and finished off the cheeseburger
and fries (required) with a chocolate milk shake (also required).
I enjoyed this much more than I had my lunch. After dinner I took
99 south to 16 and ended up a Tuttle Creek SP. For a person camping
this was a really strange place. There was a small check-in station
but I didn't see anyone even remotely connected with the park
the entire time I was there. There were other people around though
and it seemed as if this was a favorite hangout for the local
teenagers. With no authority figures around who could blame them?
up my tent under a concrete shelter and took advantage of the
fact I had cover so I did not bother with the rainfly or stakes.
It was much cooler that way. The downside of this spot was no
running water and only pit toilets. For some reason there was
a fair amount of traffic passing my tent. The road layout is pretty
convoluted though and I believe most people were just lost. Nobody
Tomorrow I will continue east into Missouri and from there head southeast. I have a choice of riding one long day or two short days to get to Alabama.