BOBBY AND THANE TACKLE THE TRANSAM Day 33 Newton to Nickerson

Day Thirty Three Thane’s Blog: hey, its only down the street a bit

Sunday June 2, 2013, 54 miles (87 km) – Total so far: 1,866 miles (3,003 km)

We said good-by to our new found friend Simon today after a few miles. His transam journey needs to travel at a pace a little faster than ours so with a handshake and a hug I watched him set off. I truly enjoy the couple days we spent together cycling and chatting about life. Good luck to you my friend. Truly, I say to you I hope our worlds collide once again.

It is bizarre really. The cross winds were blowing hard again for the first couple hours today. And as it blew from right to left it would occasionally move the bike a couple feet to the left. Yesterday this occurrence happened more times than I can recall. Today it only happened twice. One thing that struck me as we took the first pull of 14 miles into the wind was the fact that when it blows with this magnitude it sounds like you are stuck in a tornado. It’s so loud that conversations with others around you are nearly impossible. As I thought about the noise I wondered if maybe that was why I disliked cycling in the wind so much.

By late morning the wind was still blowing from right to left but it was now only blowing about half as hard as it has been for the last two days. Another odd thing I thought about. How much more enjoyable it was to be cycling in wind blowing 15 mph instead of 25-30mph. The sun warmed us all day as we cycled nearly flat roads for 55 miles. At one point I could actually see a water tower for the city of Buhler. 14 miles away! It was like walking the strip in Las Vegas. You see one of those huge hotels and think, “Hey, it’s just down the street a little bit!” We ended up camping at the city campground in Nickerson. I’m stoked that we will once again be hanging out with fellow transam cyclists Mark and Julie from England. It looks like we may be heading to our next nights destination as a team once more. This is one of the beautiful things about this adventure. Meeting and getting to know a little bit about the other incredible people who are also embarking on their own journey.

Tomorrow we head for Larned. May the wind be at our backs! Or our sides! Or our faces!

our new friends from england mark and julie

our new friends from england mark and julie

ruff stuff cresting the hill into town

ruff stuff cresting the hill into town

our lunch stop. it was awesome hanging with the crowd here

our lunch stop. it was awesome hanging with the crowd here

we happened upon this along the trail today

we happened upon this along the trail today

ruff stuff on a shopping spree

ruff stuff on a shopping spree

Day Thirty Three Bobby’s Blog

Sunday June 2, 2013, 54 miles (87 km) – Total so far: 1,866 miles (3,003 km)

Said goodbye to our good friends at Station No.2 and decided to ride for a while before eating breakfast. As a result of the riders meeting we pushed on to Hesston to set down and have a bacon and egg breakfast. Well it didn’t work out that way and we ended up having another gas station breakfast.

After breakfast our foursome went down to three as Simon decided to part and ride a much younger mans pace. Had a great time with him and we will miss him. God speed Simon.

It was a pretty uneventful day so this being a short one we decided to swing into Buhler for lunch. It being Sunday everything was closed. Just then a van pulled up and a couple invited us to the Sunshine Retirement Home for the first Sunday of the month buffet. What a wonderful experience that was. Those women really know how to cook. I was stuffed when we left. I met a couple there whose grandson owns a coffee house in Frisco,CO so I got his name and when we get there we will have a little fun with him. They gave me his name his wifes name and his dogs name. This is going to be fun.

I continue to be humbled by the love and generosity of the people in small town America.

Mark and Julie who we met at the fire station. They are from England.

Mark and Julie who we met at the fire station. They are from England.

Our new friends from England Mark and Julie

Our new friends from England Mark and Julie

Ivan an East bounder from Quebec

Ivan an East bounder from Quebec

I found the Tin Man.

I found the Tin Man.

A Freedom from Religion group from Iowa came down and sued the city to have this sign removed. It looks like it's still there to me.

A Freedom from Religion group from Iowa came down and sued the city to have this sign removed. It looks like it’s still there to me.

Tucked in for the night.

Tucked in for the night.