BOBBY AND THANE TACKLE THE TRANSAM Day 30 Golden City to Walnut

Day 30 Thanes blog: would anyone care for a slice of humble pie

Thursday May 30, 2013, 64 miles (103 km) – Total so far: 1,643 miles (2,644 km)

This morning around 2:30 the storm that was predicted actually did come to life. The rain and wind playing havoc with the church gymnasium roof we were lucky to have over our heads woke us all up. The safety of this place for the night was a true blessing. I can’t imagine how much water we would have been bailing out of our tents last night had we stayed under that pavilion. When we finally rolled out of bed it was around 6:30 and the rain was still falling but not very steady. We put our heads together and formulated a plan for the day. Pack up our gear and head back to Cookies restaurant for breakfast! Yummy. After the 2nd cup of coffee the actually plan for the day had been hatched. Unfortunately, the egg cracked has we were hatching it. We planned on camping at a place about 50 miles away and started cycling in that direction. Oh sure, it was raining on and off this morning. Some of us took a little shelter under a tree while a couple of us hung out on the front porch of some nice peoples house when the wind blew the rain absolutely sideways and our bikes with it.

When it calmed down we mounted our steeds and headed toward Kansas. About an hour later we say the sign welcoming us to another state. Yes, I was really stoked.

Since we had not done laundry in so long that even the turtles we were still rescuing complained about the smell of our cloths we stopped in a town called Pittsburg and did laundry for an hour. It was just about then that we formulated a new plan. Cycle another 25 miles to the only place on our map that has a roof and is willing to share it. Another incredible church along the route.

Mother Nature apparently had been hearing rumors about the badass band of cycling dudes and decided that today was the day to serve these guys up a slice of humble pie! 20 miles of torrential rain and a headwind of 25 mph for most of the entire afternoon. I’m not sure I have ever cycled for that long in conditions like that. The sick part about it was that I drove the train for the entire afternoon with a smile on my face. Truly, truly I say to anyone that will listen. The climbs of the mountains have turned my brain to mush. Who in their right mind should enjoy cycling in this!

It looks like we have a restaurant about 20 miles from here so that will probably be breakfast. It’s funny; I now often think in terms of how much food I can eat today. Oh my!

raindrops keep falling on my head

raindrops keep falling on my head

simon from england stopped by for a spot of tea

simon from england stopped by for a spot of tea

"hey, geralddddd. arent those the baddddassssss cycling dudes we have been hearing about. they dont look very badddaaaasssss to me"

“hey, geralddddd. arent those the baddddassssss cycling dudes we have been hearing about. they dont look very badddaaaasssss to me”

another state of mind

another state of mind

armadillio sighting

armadillio sighting

"really! now your saving turtles AND crawfish.

“really! now your saving turtles AND crawfish.

simon catching the train

simon catching the train

Day Thirty Bobby”s Blog: Singin in the Rain

Thursday May 30, 2013, 64 miles (103 km) – Total so far: 1,643 miles (2,644 km)

Well ti turned out we made the right move by heading to the church last night cause the sky opened up and the wind blew and we would have been a mess.

Was still raining when the alarm went off so we decided to sleep in a little and then head back over to Cookies for some breakfast. We normally ride fifteen miles or so then stop and eat but this was different. You get a chance to eat at Cookies twice you take advantage.

We pedaled into Pittsburg and decided to look for a laundry as we were on our last set of clothes. That’s another thing you do when you get the chance.

Pulled out of the laundry and it began to rain and continued to get worse. We started to look for a place to get lunch but as each little town we came to the restaurant was either closed or there was none.

We had to take shelter a couple of times and when we got to Girard we decided not to stay in the city park in the rain so we contacted the Immanual Luthern Chruch just outside of Wallnut and they said come on we will take you in.

Take us in they did. We arrived soaking wet and cold and very hungary. Eating out of panniers all day is not a good way to gol.

When we got here we were greeted by a couple from North Carolina touring on a tandem. We got dryed off and into dry clothes and went into the kitchen. What a treat that was . It was stocked as good as the kitchen at home.

After cooking up a great meal and sharing it with our new friends a lady from the church (I should say an angle) came by and gathered up all our wet clothes and took them home and washed and dried them for us. I continued to be reassured that the world still holds a lot of beautiful people.

Packing up in the gym

Packing up in the gym

Another chance at Cookies

Another chance at Cookies

Not looking good

Not looking good

One of our many business meetings.

One of our many business meetings.

Another one down.

Another one down.

This is a welcome sight to a weary traveler.

This is a welcome sight to a weary traveler.