Tuesday, August 9
Miles today: 75
Sorry to sound like Debbie Downer in these posts, but today was nothing special. I woke up to a flat back tire, we rode 18 miles into Ness city and had breakfast at the Cactus Club. Breakfast burritos and coffee- I guess that was exciting for us. We rode 32 more miles into Dighton (there is absolutely NOTHING between these towns) where we sat in a gas station and had sodas. Gas stations out here are more like cafes. They all have tables and chairs, hot food available to order, coolers of premade food, and tons of convenience store type items. I am actually excited to come into a town with a Shamrock or KwikStop because I know they will have tables for us to sit and relax and we don't have to actually get anything if we don't want to. 22 more miles to Scott City. I stopped to stretch my legs and saw a piece of wire in my front tire, which I pulled out. I immediately regretted it because the air began to spew out. This is the 5th day in a row that I've had to change a flat. Kansas has been one long Groundhog Day. I patched the tube in the wrong spot, so i had to do another patch. 30 minutes later we were back on the road. For the last 10 miles we had a strong side/head wind and pedaling was a huge struggle for my tired legs. Ben was feeling stronger so he took one for the team and let me hide behind him from the wind.
We arrived at the Atheticlub, which is a gym that has a bike hostel. We went for a swim (thinking about getting to that pool got me through the day) and cooked a great meal- annies pasta, broccoli, tomato, and beans.
We are getting the heck out of Kansas tomorrow! We are ascending more than 2,500 feet in the 200 miles to Pueblo so there will be some climbing in our future. The high for tomorrow is 82 degrees so at least riding will be more enjoyable!