BOBBY AND THANE TACKLE THE TRANSAM Day 31 Walnut to Eureka

Day Thirty One Thane’s Blog: train kep a rollin all day long, train kep a rollin all day long

Friday May 31, 2013, 94 miles (151 km) – Total so far: 1,737 miles (2,795 km)

Well the train rolled out about 7 am. 6 miles down the road we hung out with a bunch of the locals at a mom and pa breakfast joint. While we were there one of the guys told us of a bridge on our route that was closed due to construction. That meant we would be traveling on 3 miles of gravel. Not a big deal

The winds of Kansas came out to play today. Out of the nearly 94 miles we put down I can only remember one stretch of about 5 miles when the wind was actually at our backs.

We did meet up with several East bounders along the road today. They were all enjoying an awesome tail wind but said that they had done some serious suffering with crosswinds the previous three days. Such is the life of a traveling cyclist in the state of Kansas.

The temperatures read 100 + for much of the day but with all the wind it certainly didn’t feel like that. It felt more like “Holy crap, the cross wind just moved my bicycle two feet sideways!”

Our newfound cycling friend Simon decided to sleep in today so the train left him at the station. He spent the rest of the day chasing us. He finally did make the catch, about an hour after we checked into the hotel! I guess the badass cycling dudes did have the hammer down today.

Tomorrow we are looking at a little over 70 miles. We will have to stock up on food and water. After we leave this town there is nothing but road for 40 miles. Guess that means we will need to find someplace to pig out at before we continue to migrate west.

the view in the morning

the view in the morning

fighting this cross wind most of the day

fighting this cross wind most of the day

years of serious cross winds will do this to the power poles

years of serious cross winds will do this to the power poles

afternoon sky show

afternoon sky show

this marked the end of the day. pretty good job for the gang

this marked the end of the day. pretty good job for the gang

Day Thirty One Bobby’s Blog

Friday May 31, 2013, 94 miles (151 km) – Total so far: 1,737 miles (2,795 km)

Rolled off this am with the sky looking like we were going to have another wet ride. After about six miles we stopped at the Walnut Express for coffee and stock up on a few snacks to fuel us through the day. As in most of these places a few of the local boys are having there morning meeting.I love to chat them up and most often we get pretty good information about the area. This time was no exception as there was a bridge out on our route that would have been trouble for us had we not gotten directions around it from them.

Well the sky cleared up, the sun came out and oh yes I forgot to mention the wind. Wow. Cross head wind all day and near 100 degree temps. Stopped in Chanute for lunch and to water up again. So important to drink.

As our buddy Fred mentioned it was a day for Eastbounders today. We saw several. It is such a treat to look up and see them coming toward you. We always stop and exchange info about the road ahead for each of us.

Our next stop was in Toronto for more snacks and to water up again. I always squeeze in a chocolate milk as well. Pressed on to Eureka and bunked in at the Blue Stem for the night.