Tuesday, August 01, 2006

A Brief Update

Not a whole lot has happened in the last two days since we posted in Newton, KS. We continued our streak of 100+ mile days to arrive in Pittsburg, KS yesterday. Today is our much needed rest day. Even though there is not a whole lot of exciting news, it seemed wasteful not to make use of the great computer lab at the Pittsburg Public Library to say hello to everyone following our progress.

Below is a pretty good picture that encapsulates most of what we've seen in Kansas. We are looking forward to crossing into Missouri tomorrow and getting into the Ozark Mountains the next day.

We've been riding in the middle of a heat wave here in Kansas, with temperatures getting into the low one hundreds. It was great that we got to stop one day at Toronto Lake (Below), a pretty darn big lake by Kansas standards. At the grocery store by the Lake we had a long talk with some locals who told us all about the corn farming, oil-drilling (apparently WWII was fought with Kansas oil), and the process by which the Verdigris River was dammed to make Toronto Lake in the 1960's.

After talking about wheat, corn, soy beans, and oil, one of the Kansans asked Ben and I what Connecticut produces. We responded with blank stares. After an awkward silence and some shuffling of feet we managed to come up with tobacco and submarines.

Yesterday morning we almost hit a snake in the road. Again. (This was the third time) I tried to get my camera out to document this one but he was quick and got away. Below, Ben looks for the now absent snake. To be honest, I don't think this one was a rattler; I did not see a rattle.

But he did have fangs.

We'll try and take more pictures through Missouri. We've heard from other bikers that the Ozark Mountains are pretty tough (though small, they are apparently pretty steep). We suspect that this information is skewed because West-bound riders have not yet experienced the 14% grades of Utah. We'll keep you all updated.

Happy Birthday to Sean Tracy! (Jeremiah's brother)


Jeremiah and Ben


Blogger Ellen said...

Some Milford native you are! How about Subway? or, better still, how about Bic pens (one of your sponsors, by the way)?

7:19 AM

Blogger Siler said...

Good work fellas! Be careful in the exxxtreme heat. I can't believe you guys are doing over 100 mile days! I don't even like going 100 miles in my car. Keep it up and I look forward to hearing from you guys in the days to come. Keep on pushing!

7:55 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ben! Sad news. The sketchy Irish bar on Park has been taken over by the American Legion bar association.

Jeremiah! The Milford social scene is at its peak. I think all of the cover bands at daniel street play the same songs. Formula for a band there: Bon Jovi, tight shirts, terrible&loud music, and a lead singer with frosted tips.

You should ride back and tell the guy from Kansas that the largest producer of US helicopters come from Sikorsky in Stratford, Connecticut. Belittle him.

Use sunscreen and eat your multivitamins!


5:09 PM

Anonymous Nancy and Olivia said...

Hey Jem -great to speak with you last night! Sounds like you guys are fairly flying across the country. Looking forward to more updates...and to seeing you soon.

Hi Jem - I can't believe you're half way thru the country on your bike! I want to make a donation!!!
I still have those 3 $ to give to you, and more! Love you!!! your cousin, Olivia!

8:52 AM


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