Final ride into the city Wednesday morning. Spending tonight in an undisclosed location.
It’s been an amazing journey. Both exciting and a bit depressing that the end is around the corner. Looking forward to seeing our Friends and Family!
We enjoyed a pretty full day in Abilene. Morning Mud Volleyball and free hotdogs at Eisenhower Park followed by a tour of the Eisenhower Museum and Library.
We had eaten at Joe Snuffy’s last night and our new friend Kelly told us him and his wife Karla would be catching Foghat at the Sundown Salute Festival in Junction City today…..sounded like the place we needed to be. It was a great call as we truly enjoyed the concert/fireworks and hanging with Kelly and Karla. (miles 1639)
What a Day!
What do you get when you have a four wheeler, 100 feet of plastic sheeting, ski goggles some Dawn soap, a mattress and a cooler full of Keystone Light? An epic day in Kansas!
And now the real fun begins!
Tomorrow the Eisenhower Museum in Abilene
We weren’t too far up the road when my buddy (Tag) from the general store in Claflin found us. He said he was a bit worried about us and had been out looking for us all morning. He was disappointed in the short distance we had traveled…great sense of humor. I am so happy Tag found us and I feel like I have another Grandpa
Another day of looking for shade lead us into the Brookville Park. The town had no services but I had asked if I could use the facilities in the Brookville United Methodist Church. I was a bit taken back when I walked in the church and found there was a graduation party taking place. I was there not five seconds before they invited us in to have some food and drink. Congrats again to Emily on her graduation and thanks to her whole family for the great rest stop.
A few pics from the community of Brookville
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This was our destination to camp but the threatening clouds and distant lightening encouraged us to take shelter in a local hotel. Not to mention the number of cars backed in and others doing laps in the park.
It was still hot and all the locals were concerned about us but we were well rested and had plenty of water so we pedaled out of La Crosse by 8AM (early for us). I told Gene he could see the Barbed Wired Museum again when we drive thru in August.
We still had a strong crosswind but we were use to riding sideways on our bikes. Main sites today were bison and a few general stores to keep us fueled up especially ice and water. We turned NE late afternoon and it felt like someone put a motor on my bike. The wind was our friend those last 20 miles. (1527 miles)
to The Barbed Wire Museum!!! I think Gene’s been waiting his whole life to see this place.
Here’s just a small sample of the thrills found here. If you want to see all the other barbed wire samples you will need to wait until we get home. Gene captured just about everything and I think he’s planning a slideshow.
After our nap we headed to the community pool – did I mention this was a rest day?
In Kansas Gene decided it was time to expand his responsibilities to help protect the locals. Now in addition to quality control at the local taverns, bars, and pubs he has added diving board inspection and testing of community pools.
And those Damn Goatheads which are nasty weeds that are known to puncture tires. Gene changed out several flats in short order. (1450 miles)