Garden City, Kansas

Hank – Since we had strong winds from the south today we opted to ride 29 miles to a campground on the east side of Garden City. Our first 16 or so miles had the wind either helping or just pushing from the side. We moved along quite nicely.

Once we were near Garden City we had to turn south and fight the wind. But it wasn’t that bad because we had plenty of time and a short distance to go.

I found a Kansas license plate that’s in great shape. By the time we’re done I will have so many license plate guitars to make. I’m looking forward to it.

Once in town we got on a paved bike trail that took us from one side of town to the other. Next thing you know we’re back on Hwy 50 and the campground is just down the street.

RJ’s RV Campground is right next to a field where wind turbine poles and blades are waiting to be installed somewhere. We got a site next to a shed and fence to help protect against the wind. It worked out great but that’ll change in the morning when the winds switch to coming from the north. RJs has a Wizard of Oz theme to it. We’re camped on Lion Street. It, along with Scarecrow Street and Tinman Alley, connects to Auntie Em Blvd.

For a couple of days now I’ve had this inexplicable craving for a sandwich from Subway. I walked a mile to the store and got a sandwich for both of us.

Tomorrow we ride in a generally southeast direction so we’re hoping the north winds help us more than hinder us. We have 50 miles to Dodge City and our first Warmshowers host since Houston, TX.

Kathy – It was a warm and sunny day to ride with temps in the high 60’s. We rode 29 miles to the campsite. We thought about going further, however the next town would have been another 28 miles in and there was no camping there that we were aware of. Since the winds today were sustained at 17 mph with gusts at 25 mph (and we have camping available here) we decided to call it a day and pick up again tomorrow. Other than the winds, which helped us on occasion and hindered us at other times, it was a pretty uneventful day.

Our views continue to be farmlands with an occasional blotch of cows and sheep in the landscape. Thinking Kansas is going to have a great crop season this year because the farms are well fertilized. We get to smell the manure multiple days now. Lucky us! It is good for the crops. I have a feeling these smells are going to continue for awhile. 😊😷😊 It was a good day of riding.

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