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DAILY REPORT: The weather finally was cooling off. Today it was supposed to be in the low 80's. the winds were problematic. They were off the beam or just forward the entire day.
I am not sure how far I'll get on this tonight. I am really tired and we have another century ride tomorrow to Eureka KS.
We started off the day w/ a continental breakfast and then loaded up in the car for Dodge City. As discussed yesterday, we wanted to keep on schedule so we were driving to Dodge City.
The ride today was rough. In fact it was most likely our hardest day so far. We started at 0830 and finished at 2020. That was a full day of biking. Rt 50 had a nice shoulder and the weather was cool and over cast. The only real challenge was that darn wind. We either had the wind off our beam or just forward. Talk about an energy sucker!!
I was very proud of the boy's bike handling skills. Because of the strong wind we had to ride in a tight formation to minimize the adverse wind. Everyone did very well. We did get our first flat tire today. Not bad considering we have gone over 2,000 miles. John picked up a small piece of wire which most likely came from one of the thousand blown steel belted tires that litter the road ways. I give a lot of credit to the Armadillo tires and the Gatorskin tires we are using. They are both Kevlar belted and have worked wonders and are wearing well.
We are staying at the Grand Prairie Hotel and Convention Center compliments of the General Manager, Marc Ahrens. This is a big place and you ought to see their pool. Wow!!
I'll try to add a few more items tomorrow. We are riding to Eureka, KS and it is a little shorter distance. Also the Kitsap Sun wrote up a nice status story on our trip. Thanks Mandy!!
Thanks for joining us.....ride safely and keep the wind to your back!!
The Riding4Hope Team
(David, John, James & Skip)
Signing out 7/22/09; 0045
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