Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Quick Bike Tour

Well, calling it a tour may be a stretch, but it was an over-niter for both of us and we used my pannier bags for our luggage. We hit the Prairie Spirit Trail in eastern Kansas. I've been wanting to try a rail-to-trail bike ride with motel so that Wilma and I could do it together. She doesn't sleep on the ground anymore so my loaded touring method with camping gear doesn't work with her. That will just be my solo thing.

All went well, and Wilma would almost agree with that assessment. It was a bit warm Saturday. I wanted to be off the trail by the time the day's heat arrived but we were running a little late. We hit 95F and there wasn't as much shade on the trail as I was hoping for. It took the wind out of our sails. But we made it fine and recouped in an air-conditioned motel room. We just waited for the sun to go down a little before we hit Ottawa for eating and seeing the sites.

I love cruising small town Kansas on a bicycle to see the sites. I learned that on my two trips with Biking Across Kansas (organized ride), where we'd cruise the cities each night where we stayed. Sunday we got up early to beat the heat and the going was better. We watched the sun rise as we were pedaling South, back to Garnett. We gave a dozen farmers having coffee at the local dive pit-stop something to talk about with our biking attire as we came in for a bite. I had a nice chat and ear-scratching with a blue healer in a pickup in the parking lot as we left, waiting for his gossipy master inside.

That all made for a 58 mile two-day outing, which was the most Wilma has ever done. I'm proud of her! Also, we're still married . . . so far . . . I think.


A.Marie said...

I haven't seen your posts in awhile. I always enjoy your sketches and journaling. Another good one.

MaryO said...

How great that you can share experiences like this! But go easier on Wilma next time or she may not want to go! ;o)

Cheryl Gebhart said...

Glad to hear you're still married after that - Wilma's a braver soul than I am. Of course, we're even hotter in Oklahoma than you are in Kansas, with overnight lows still in the high 70's or low 80's and daytime highs well over 100. Great sketch of your bike, and I love that you did a map.

bettyfromtexas said...

I love this spread, John!

Laura said...

Nice sketch

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