From Out West to Home

The last 4 days was a sprint from Pueblo Colorado back home to Michigan. Our first 2 days we took no pictures. We were focused on getting to our destinations and out of the heat.

Our route was from Pueblo to Dodge City Kansas where we stayed the night. Then from Dodge City to Kansas City was our second day.

 

Before we left Pueblo we looked at the weather forecast for the next 4 days. Would you believe it, hot, sunny, high winds, and dry with record high temps! We decided then to: 1) ship back via UPS anything we were not going to use, lighten the load. We had been hauling around things needed for cooler weather and rain, and 2) start as early in the morning as possible to ride in the cooler part of the day.

The next day we had our earliest start, around 6:30am. The first part of the ride from Pueblo was cool and little wind. We were shocked to see the temps rise so fast as we neared Kansas. By 9:30am the temperature had reached 100 degrees. To add insult to injury came the huge stock yards of western Kansas. Seems that every 20 miles or so we passed one. We could see them from miles away as the high winds kicked up a brown dust around them, made from 1000s of cattle. The stench with the heat was unbearable. We arrived in Dodge City with a temp of 112! Needless to say, after arriving we hid In our air conditioned hotel room for the rest of the day.

Same 'get up and leave early' plan for the next day. Our destination was Kansas City.

When we rolled into Kansas City the temperature was 110. How did we cope with the heat during these hot days? 1) drinking lots of water. 2) stopping frequently for a large cup of ice, taking it with us on the next leg, 3) dousing each other with water at rest areas, our evaporative cooling trick.

The third day we traveled from Kansas City to Springfield Illinois.

 

On the way we stopped in the small town of Hannibal, MO on the Mississippi river for lunch.

 

We found out that this was the birth place of Mark Twain.

 

A view of the historic main street

 

What would a visit to Hannibal be without a picture of the Mississippi river?

 

A much cooler day, we only saw a max temp of 105 when we arrived in Springfield. We arrived early in the afternoon at the State House Inn downtown, just a block from the state capital. Too early to check in, so we spent the rest of the afternoon at the Abraham Lincoln Museum and Library.

 

Here I am meeting with the Lincoln Family :).

To our surprise we spent a very interesting time here and wished we had a few more hours. We highly recommend the museum.

What can we say about the last day? Cooler temperatures prevailed and we had some cloud cover. Most of the day we rode in the mid to high 80s and the winds at our back. What more could we ask for?

 

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