57 miles (92 km) – Total so far: 1,542 miles (2,482 km)
So, Kansas. Sweet! Flat lands and fast rides. Actually not. Turns out the first 70 miles of Kansas looked a whole lot like the last two days of Missouri. Rolling hills. Big farms. The sun was out and the wind was picking up. Overall, I haven’t been too worried about the wind. I trained in Chicago, and I’ve got a recumbent, so the hills are a lot bigger deal for me than the wind. But, a steady 15MPH headwind that varied from SW to W turns out to be a bit of a drag. Snicker Snicker.
Much of the day was just a grind against the wind on a laser straight road. But there were definitely some highlights, including one speedy East-bounder, a local delicacy, and a Vietnam era helicopter. The latter half of the ride became oppressively hot as the metaphorical mercury topped 90 and the humidity hung in the air like a wet blanket. The heat and a threatening thunderstorm pushed us to opt for a motel rather than campsite tonight, where we were duly warned about the dangers of Kansas wind.