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Headwinds And Turtles

Hank – The plan was to wake up at 5:00 am and be on the road by 6:00 to beat the heat. My Nexus phone has a battery that freaks out every once in a while and shuts the phone down even though it has 30-40%. Last night was one of those situations. Kathy woke me at 5:37. We quickly packed and were on the road by 6:10. We rode to Bassett about 10 miles away to eat breakfast at the Range Cafe. During the ride we had a crosswind. When we left the restaurant it shifted to a full on headwind. We were not happy. To top it off, we couldn’t find a weather report of any use as it pertains to the current situation. One said the winds were coming from NNE. Another said from the southeast. They were definitely from the east.

Well, what can you do but put your head down and start working? We had towns 10-12 miles apart so we used them as stepping stones to reach our final goal, which was O’Neill. Kathy tucked in behind me and I pulled her for about 45 miles. In one town we saw a couple of tourers headed in the opposite direction. One had panniers and a trailer that was loaded as high as his rear rack. Talk about loaded. The winds finally died down during the last handful of miles so we could ride easy.

Along the way we saw lots of dead turtles on the roadway. They move way to slow to avoid getting hit. We passed by one that was on its back in the rumble strip. We stopped and Kathy released it in the nearby wetland. So hopefully one turtle saved.

O’Neill has a nice city campground with showers. We also washed our clothes while we showered. I pretty much showered in my clothes and washed each article as it removed it. A sort of soapy strip tease if you will. But if you’ve ever seen me dance you would know the moves were more erratic than erotic. It just wasn’t my calling, you know?

Kathy and I had a bet about Dusty the bike tourer we met last night. Kathy didn’t think he would make it to O’Neill today. I did. We bet $5.00. At 8:00 pm Dusty showed up. I’m a winner!!!

Kathy – Today was another 60+ miler. We rode a total of 65 miles today. It was flat regardless of Google telling us we would have 650 feet of decline… never happen! Even though we started riding early at 6:10am the heat gained on us quickly. It was 85 degrees with 88% humidity. The winds were pretty ferocious today. I drafted off Hank for 45 miles today…thank you Hank! 😘. Yes we were warm! However we kept a positive attitude and gradually knocked off the miles as we went along. This is our 2nd 60+ miles day. We are both a little tired but not too bad.

We got to hear the tornado sirens go off – luckily just for. Practice run at noon while in Stewart, Nebraska. It reminded me of my childhood growing up in Southern Illinois. Anyone from the Midwest knows about tornado sirens. We don’t have these in a Spokane.

We also saw a couple of other bike tourers today. They were going the opposite direction from us. We just waved and kept moving because of the heat. We have on bike tourer that we met yesterday in Lone Pine that is heading towards Sioux City like us. However we are keeping our distance from him because we get an odd feeling about him. His sister works for a large well known company that I won’t name and she is going to give him a job when he arrives. He is a large guy that talks constantly and likes to drink lots of beer. He was still sleeping when we left Long Pine at 6:10 am today. I bet Hank $5.00 that he would not make it to O’Neill, Nebraska today because of all the wind. Well lo and behold, he just rolled in. Ok, I will pay my debt.

All in all, it was a long day of riding but a good day of riding. We were happy to get to the campsite, shower, and hand wash our clothes. After relaxing a while, we rode into town and had a delicious dinner. A tough riding day, but a good day over all.

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  1. You guys are killing it πŸ‘

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  2. Janet K Parks June 27, 2018 at 8:15 pm

    Oh those tornado sirens. Us native Spokanites did not grow up with them but we did have B52s flying around from Fairchild AFB and they rattled our windows and house and triggered my fears.
    I first heard the sirens visiting Laura in
    Warrensburg, Mo. a few years ago. Not only sirens but TV and phone alerts as well.
    All Seattle has is surrounding volcanoes!
    How do you breathe in the heat and humidity? Dream of glaciers?
    You are really doing a tremendous job staying hydrated and refueling calories.
    What are your snacks? Like cliff bars?
    Cheers for your endurance and safety.
    Much love auntjanet

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    1. Snacks include Pringles, Cheezits, Clif bars, Kind bars, little chocolate donuts, trail mix, bananas, apples, peanut M&Ms, Payday bars, and just about anything else we can lay our hands on.

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  3. What’s your total miles so far?

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    1. I know we’re over the 2,000 mark. Kathy tracks it in a spreadsheet.

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      1. Diane Terwilliger June 28, 2018 at 5:50 am

        I am so enjoying your adventures. My grandmother, mom, sister and myself born in O’neill. Recently buried gramma of 100 there. I have family all across the US and you seem to be hitting all the places. Sorry about the rolling hills and wind! No mention yet of the smelly pig and cow farms. Have you encountered?

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      2. I’m surprised Kathy hasn’t mentioned that in the blog because she’s says something about it every ten minutes. πŸ˜„

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      3. Diane, happy you are enjoying the blog post. It is so cool that you and your family grew up in the areas we are passing through. I was trying to be polite and not mention the stinky odors, but yes they are s bit overpowering at times. 😝 Hope you are well and work is going good. Please tell the folks at the hospital I said hello. Love to you, Kathy

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  4. Trula Millspaugh June 28, 2018 at 8:15 am

    Kathy I just officially retired from Providence yesterday OMG I can’t believe this day would ever come. I’ll be moving up to Spokane vey soon.
    I read your blogs every evening and enjoy them very much,
    Keep up the good riding.

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    1. Congratulations, Trula. We’ll probably see you when we come home in October for Josh’s wedding.

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    2. Congratulations Trula!!! πŸŽŠπŸΎπŸŽˆπŸŽ‰ Looking forward to seeing you the next time we are in Spokane. πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—

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