BOBBY AND THANE TACKLE THE TRANSAM Day 37 Scott City to Lake Sheridan

Day Thirty Seven Thane’s Blog: “in the clearing stands a boxer and a fighter by his trade”

Thursday June 6, 2013, 76 miles (122 km) – Total so far: 2,124 miles (3,418 km)

The alarm goes off at 5 am every day. We have finally got this down to a system that seems to be working for all of us. Today we actually rolled out and hit the road before it got totally light out. We covered the 78 miles or so without any rain or major wind to deal with so I was really stoked about that. Highlights of the day included some awesome photo ops and some awesome time spent with the locals along the way. For reasons I cannot explain the song titled “The Boxer” by Simon and Garfunkel was stuck inside my pint sized brain for most of the morning. Luckily for everyone in our little gang I was mostly riding slightly ahead of them so they didn’t have to listen to me singing this freaking song at full volume. Maybe the lyric that goes “when I left my home and my family I was no more than I child in the company of strangers “played on my psych today. I’m not sure. All I know is I probably sang that song at least a hundred times today

Today we had our sights set on the state of Colorado and early this afternoon we stopped at the sign welcoming everyone into the state and gave it a hug.

The memories I will forever carry with me from traversing this state are truly varied. First and foremost I will never forget the constant wind. Wind that blew fierce nearly every day from either the North or the South. As I passed by the sign that thanked everyone for visiting Kansas I also reminisced about big oil fields, fierce late afternoon and evening storms. The smell of the huge cattle feed lots that are common here. The enormous grain elevators that rise above the earth along route 96. A mid-morning coffee at Effies Café shared with 89 year old Effie and her friends. Meeting friends Mark and Julie and then having to say goodbye to them after a few short days.

I was also reminiscing about the incredible faces I was honored to photograph in this state. Each one with a beautiful story. Each one holding a very special piece of this puzzle. I truly learned to cycle in the wind in this state. After a brutal day that ended at the fire station with me in a slightly “ugly” state of mind. It humbled me and I found those 60 miles in a wind that fierce was worse on my mental state than the brutality of climbing the mountains of Virginia and Eastern Kentucky. The next morning, the wind had calmed only slightly but my state of mind had finally come to grips with wind. I will miss the people. Constantly waving from the opposite side of the road. Understanding what our goal as cyclist was while traveling through their beautiful state. Tomorrow we spend our first full day of cycling in the state of Colorado. New mountains to climb. New adventures to find. New people to help us in our journey. My hope is that they wave and smile as often as the incredible people of Kansas.

beautiful Kansas sunrise

beautiful Kansas sunrise

the first of these that I saw

the first of these that I saw

duh!!! your in kansas

duh!!! your in kansas

boo hugging the sign

boo hugging the sign

Day Thirty Seven Bobby’s Blog

Thursday June 6, 2013, 76 miles (122 km) – Total so far: 2,124 miles (3,418 km)

We said our goodbyes to Mark and Julie last night. They were only with us four days but I feel like I’ve known them forever. We got out of Scot City just about dawn and headed toward Leoti for breakfast. We ended up at the Route 96 Cafe.

This is where all the locals meet and mingle in the morning. We had a brisk 25 mile ride before breakfast so we were pretty hungry when we pulled in. I ordered a stack of pancakes with two eggs on top and ham. About half way through a rancher tapped me on the shoulder and said that they were taking bets at his table to see if I was going to get around all that. He left and I polished off my plate and told the waitress to pass the word to him in case he bet against me.

Got back on the road to Tribune with the sun out and very little wind we made good time. Today was another day for Eastbounders so we got some info on what was ahead and gave some info on what was behind us. It was a pretty smooth 76 miles. Set up now in Sheridan Lake,CO nice place but no shower. : (

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Good bye to our dear friends Julie and Mark

Early morning beauty

Early morning beauty

Breakfast time at the feed yard.

Breakfast time at the feed yard.

Breakfast for the boys

Breakfast for the boys

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Gained an hour

Gained an hour

Reunited with Rich and Cissy in Tribune

Reunited with Rich and Cissy in Tribune

Young Eastbounder doing 100 + miles a day

Young Eastbounder doing 100 + miles a day

These boys were from Washington state.

These boys were from Washington state.

Another state down

Another state down