I can die happy... Yesterday I rode my first century (100 miles). Today I got to see the world's largest ball of twine in Cawker City. What else do I need?! Mission complete. The head winds are bad but Kansas has delivered some amazing experiences and incredibly nice people.
Last night pulling into Beloit, Kansas, I was hungry and tired. On my way to a campsite in town I rode past a cafe/bar that was recommended to me. As I rolled up I asked a couple people outside if they were open. Eric (@theupsideup) asked where I was going and sleeping. Being an avid cyclist himself he was excited to hear I'm going cross coubtry. I told him I was headed to the chautauqua park to camp and without hesitating he offered to have me stay at his family home in town, a shower and a bed. I agreed and we took off on our bikes headed to his house. I met his mother Sharon and ate ice cream in the kitchen while getting to know them. Turns out, Eric is in town with his mother because his father had recently passed away. Now what makes someone in time of need offer so much? This morning we rode into town for breakfast and coffee (thanks again!). Then we rode together out to Cawker City to see this monster of an American landmark gem with the wind at our back!
Recently I have heard a lot of people say things like, "the world has gone mad", or "people are crazy, aren't you scared of people?!" My answer now after experiences like these, is, "no, I dont watch television." #answerthephone #travel #adventure #biketour #downtownmixup #biking #kansas #ontheroad #american