Another long tough ride to get closer to the limit of eastern Kansas. And it’s almost been the first day of rain !
It was raining when I woke up, and it was supposed to continue all morning. I waited for the Chinese team to be ready and at 9am, the rain stopped. Still, I donned my raining gear for the first time, just in case. Of course, it never rained again this day, and one hour later, I was soaked wet with perspiration. I had no more clean or at least dry cycling shirt, all of my equipment was in a dire need of a laundry.
So, a tough ride, as I expected, with lots of ups and downs. Nothing critical, but the wind made a comeback, just above the bothering speed. A long ride of 62 miles / 100 kms, and not much on the way. Of course, still benefiting from the support vehicle, everything was a lot simpler 🙂 Riding with other people is also a huge help in the backward roads of the TransAm. It can get very lonely just as in secondary roads in Utah. Going more and more east should see more and more people, but the trail avoids most cities. I’m really considering going on alternate routes.
The views today were still surprisingly reminiscent of France. Fields, cattles, forests, hills… Plus grasshoppers. More typical from the region, turtles and a few armadillos !
We stopped at a small town called Benedict. There was a community store, in an old building. Lots of religious messages, a mess of various counters, a mix of different products, mostly in fridges… The guy there was very friendly and offered us each ice creams. It was a particular experience 🙂
After that, another 20 mi / 30 kms. I was feeling dead but the stop, along with a burrito and a collection of coke cans, helped refuel enough stamina for the final stretch. I’ve found that I’m actually more anxious at the start. After a few dozen miles on the counter, it feels easier to add more. However, after almost 600 miles or 1000 kms in ten days without rest, I feel the fatigue accumulating to the limit.
A good shower, a good night, and especially a typical Chinese meal should help a lot to reach the last stop in Kansas 🙂