Gettin’ Outta Dodge

Hank – We said goodbye to Warren and Lindy and again thanked them for their generosity. Lindy accepted the flower seeds from Kathy to plant in Kansas. We rolled downtown to the Boot Hill Museum and spent a couple of hours checking that out. It’s a tourist trap but there are some good displays and artifacts. The history of Dodge City is pretty simple. It started out as a small town near Fort Dodge; the railroad came in; hunters came and shot all the bison; ranchers raised cattle; farmers raised crops; cattle were driven here from Texas; and now cattle are processed here. Kathy and I have never seen so many cattle and manure trucks as we have these last couple of days.

We stopped at Miss Kitty’s Cafe for breakfast and then hit the road. Now we’re following US Hwy 400 to Wichita, which will take three or four days. The winds were light and from the west and it was a sunny day. Today’s destination is Greensburg, Kansas, a town that was wiped off the map by an EF5 tornado in 2007. It also has the world’s largest hand dug well.

Our ride was very uneventful today. After 22 miles we took a break in Ford. 17 miles later we rested in a park in Mullinville. There was an interesting display of sculptures going into Mullinville. There were too many to count let alone see. I took a few photos. Some seem to be politically motivated. Maybe more if they’re dealing with local politics.

We wrapped up our ride 10 miles later in Greensburg. Since it was so warm and I had a lot of sun exposure I suggested we get a hotel room instead of camping out. I just wanted to be comfortable. Kathy was cool with that.

After we showered we had pizza and a drink at Reggie’s Pizza. We enjoyed the pizza very much. We retired to our room and relaxed.

Kathy – Our 49 mile ride today was much better than yesterday. Thankful. It was sunny with temps in the low 80’s. Which was a little warm, but I’m not complaining after all the cold days we recently had. The winds were present again today, but not nearly as strong as yesterday. Our views throughout the ride consisted of farm fields with occasional livestock. It was a pretty straightforward day. Happy to have another day done.

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