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Hello Chicago!

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 are meeting some friends at the Park Grill in Millenium Park tomorrow (Wednesday) for Happy Hour – please join us if you are in the area.

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Abilene to Junction City, KS – Day 39

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)

Gene sat out as he was still recovering from the slip and slide/mattress ride.
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Yes, that is me at the front of the line
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If you are ever in Abilene, KS visit Joe Snuffy’s for a great meal and fine hospitality
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Eisenhower’s childhood home
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Museum and library
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I guess it is a hotdog day
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We are thankful for these kids and their lemonade stand
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I feel better knowing directions to the shelter
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Sundown Salute Fest – Foghat – great afternoon and evening!
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Only in Kansas! – Day 38 (July 3rd)

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!
(1606 miles)

Started the day with some volunteer work
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Jenn haggling over the price of M80s
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Ran into our friends Dave and Sherry from the Rendevous Bar – thanks for coming out to say hi
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And now the real fun begins!

Thanks to Matt, Jenny, Doug, Joe, Hayden and his Dad for a great afternoon!
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When we saw this, we knew these guys wouldn’t mind sharing a beer
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“It got hot”
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Got to give this a go!
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Extreme Slip-N-Slide: “Hope he don’t run into the road!”
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Next up – mattress rides!
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And we’re off!
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Ski goggles were a good idea
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This much fun is exhausting
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Tomorrow the Eisenhower Museum in Abilene

Ellsworth to Salina, KS – Day 37

(1570 miles)
Left the fine town of Ellsworth, KS after a huge breakfast at the Ellsworth Steak House. We also had to stop at Alco to buy more of our favorite cookies (a bargain at 99 cents).
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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
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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.
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A few pics from the community of Brookville
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Being July 2nd it is time to load up on fireworks
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Bet it was nice in it’s day
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I can only tell him so many times not to play by the tracks….
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Gene keeps hoping a farmer will ask for his help.
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These two streets are not supposed to cross?
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While Gene was working at the local Salina pub (Rendevous Bar) we were told The Cozy Inn is the home of the original slider.
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Sorry, but White Castle still gets my vote as Cozy’s doesn’t offer cheese!
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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.
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La Crosse to Ellsworth, KS – Day 36

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)

It’s nice to see bison on the Great Plains again and they seem genuinely interested in us
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At least it is flat out here in western Kansas…like a golden pool table
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Still a bit toasty out here
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Time to clean up a bit and Barber Kevin suggested we camp in his yard tonight
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It got hotter!
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The work never ends for Gene. This pool (Ellsworth, KS) received a top ranking for it’s temperature and tuning of it’s diving board.
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Our accommodations for the evening
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We finally made it…… – Day 35

to The Barbed Wire Museum!!! I think Gene’s been waiting his whole life to see this place.

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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.
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Not only did they have over 10,000 different types of barbed wire – they also had fence posts!!
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I am actually amazed I ever got Gene out of here
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As if that wasn’t enough, we also toured the Post Rock Museum!! Who needs Paris?
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We had to be careful not to get anymore goatheads which meant NO biking in the grass.
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After the museum tour it was nap time
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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.
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I still get scared going down these slides
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Gene back on tavern duty – his work never ends
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Ensuring proper temperature
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Put a lime in a Keystone Light and ‘presto’! it’s a Corona!

A beautiful Kansas sunset to end our perfect rest day
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Tribune, KS to La Crosse, KS -Days 33/34

Gene’s mom asked us what we were going to do when it was over 100 degrees in Kansas and we said it doesn’t get that hot in Kansas….. as usual, Mom was right!

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And those Damn Goatheads which are nasty weeds that are known to puncture tires. Gene changed out several flats in short order. (1450 miles)

Thanks to the Shearmires for allowing us to use their compressor and garage for this fix
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After a rest in the park…another Goathead got my tire
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Our history lesson today
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An afternoon “plunge”
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And a few sites along HWY 96
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We obviously couldn’t stay here
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