Quote of the Day: "I don't think I'll ever walk the same".
On the way out of Garden City I noticed this house with siding that had wrinkled an separated from the heat.
Three cyclists from Garden City that I drafted for 15 miles until we hit the hills and then I just couldn't keep up. I told them I wanted them to escort me to Charleston which they said would be no problem:
Yea Charleston I made it!! Oh you mean Kansas has a Charleston too?? No wonder they could escort me to :Charleston":
This is Shylah who is training her barrel horse. She earned her way through college on barrel horse winnings. Now a teacher and believes she has found the horse that can take her back to the winners circle (not sure if they have that in barrel racing):
Shylah recommended this Mexican restaurant in Cimmaron and I met these friends there. Preston, Michelle, Brooklynn and Lindsay Withers with Greg and Katie Workman and Karla Coleman:
I got in and out of Dodge quickly:
There was a stop that took you off the road to see the original ruts of the wagon trail from the early 1800's. I did see them:
I think this was when I was entering Mullinville as evening approached. Iron figures lining the road - there are many more than what is in this photo:
After I peeled myself off of the bike at the hospital in Greensburg to make use of their scale it occurred to my that I was never going to walk the same. What does riding on a bike 8 - 10 hours/day do to you?
This is the unfortunate nurse, Mary Lynn, at the hospital in Greensburg that had the misfortune to inform me that I had only lost 3 pounds since the beginning of the trip. I'm not buying the "muscle weighs more that fat" baloney!!!:):)
More about the history of Greensburg in the next post.
About Soldiers Best Friend ..... If you have been following along you already know that I am trying to collect donations for the charity called Soldiers Best Friend. This is a charity that provides service dogs to Vets that are suffering from PTSD. These dogs can literally be life savers for these men and women.
My blog averages approximately 175 hits per day. I think that suggests folks are interested in the trip and hopefully are being informed and entertained. I am at the half-way point of the trip at 2151 miles. I consider this my job for the summer of 2014. I am putting in the the "blood, sweat, and gears" to steal a phrase - so would you consider a donation to this very worthy cause?
I've done the math for you .... My entire trip is going to be approximately 4200 miles long. Do you think you could donate $.006 per mile (like about slightly more than 1/2 cent per mile)?? If so then that would be a $25 dollar donation to SBF. Or better yet could you afford to donate at $.012 per mile (1.2 cents per mile) then that would be about a $50 donation. And so on .... give what you can - I know this sounds like a Nation Public Radio fund drive but come on - what a worthy cause!!
Please follow the link below to donate and include my name - just "Neil" will do or "Neal" if you like that spelling better:):)
It's time folks please.......
And finally please remember the cause - soldiersbestfriend.org I will go into this in more detail and perhaps some level of haranguing later on, but for now here is the link .... and an additional link for donation SoldiersBestFriend - Donate Please :):) Oh and I would be a lot more comfortable if you use the "honorarium" option vs the "memoriam" option - you'll understand when you click on the link:):).
As you donate please enter my name in the "In Honor of Spot" so the folks at SBF can tally the results to encourage me and let me know WE are getting something done TOGETHER. I recognize we are really trying to honor the Vets but this is the only way SBF can tally the results of this drive (tour).