After seven days of tenting, sleeping in an actual mattress was one thing of a novelty. I had forgotten what it was prefer to sleep by way of the night time and not using a single rock or stick poking into my again. George cooked up a wonderful breakfast as soon as everybody was filling off the bed and it did not take a lot to persuade him to be our private information for the remainder of our time in Kansas. His 1968 Shovelhead is a bit of fashionable, however he rode sluggish and did not exhibit his electrical starter too might occasions.
From George’s we took a brief detour north to the city of Pawnee Rock. Named for a rocky promontory which juts out of the in any other case flat plains, Pawnee Rock was well-known to settlers touring the Santa Fe Path within the 1800s. Later the tip of the rock was eliminated and used for constructing materials so its not fairly as excessive because it was 200 years in the past. To treatment this, the Park Service constructed a platform on high of the rock which permits guests to climb to the unique peak and take within the view that many settlers wrote about on their journey west.
Pawnee Rock was additionally residence to Tim’s mom and surprisingly George knew precisely have been her previous home was positioned. So we stopped by, talked to the present homeowners and snapped a couple of photos for her.
After leaving Pawnee Rock, we turned southwest in the direction of Dodge Metropolis. I grew up watching motion pictures like Tombstone and Wyatt Earp, so I used to be fairly enthusiastic about strolling down the dusty streets of Dodge Metropolis and discovering my strategy to a saloon for a drink of whiskey. Effectively, I ought to have simply pushed to a studio in Hollywood, as a result of the Dodge Metropolis that I imagined was not in Kansas.
There was an try to recreate a part of the primary avenue, but it surely definitely did not appear as much as Doc Vacation’s requirements. There wasn’t even a single gunfight whereas we have been there.
All through the day, we handed lots of of windmills, typically stretching for miles on both facet of the freeway. From the street they seemed massive, however till I noticed the blades rolling by way of Dodge Metropolis by practice, I simply had no concept of their true scale. Within the background of the next image, it appears to be like like there’s a white wave formed wall within the background. These are literally the person windmill blades, every taking on two railroad vehicles.
After a late lunch/earlier dinner, we stated our goodbyes to George, cranked up the bikes and headed into the setting solar. We had positioned an RV park simply an hour west on the outskirts of Backyard Metropolis. Once we pulled into the park, it solely took a couple of minutes to appreciate that it was only a few months away from being condemned. As a substitute of risking a doable an infection (the bathhouse seemed like one thing from Space 51), we determined to get our first lodge room of the journey.
Even with the additional stops, we logged one other 200 miles.