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TRIP 2001

Update #20 - July 09th
Manhattan, Kansas - 4164 miles (6662 KM)



The ride from Milford, Nebraska to Manhattan, Kansas has been a slow one with short days. This has been because of the high heat. For the past three days, temperatures in the afternoon have been above one hundred degrees Fahrenheit with heat indexes creeping up to one hundred ten degrees. Along with this, pavement temperatures have been close to one hundred forty degrees Fahrenheit. This last temperature is the one that worries me the most since I'm sitting in a seat just twenty inches above the pavement.

I do admit that the ride has been an interesting one because of the history of the area. About five miles out of Beatrice, NB, I stopped to check out the National Park Service's "Homestead National Monument of America". This monument commemorates the Expansion of America after the Homestead Act of 1862 was signed by President Abraham Lincoln. The Homestead Act declared that any citizen or intended citizen could claim 160 acres (one quarter of a square mile) of surveyed government land and it would be theirs if they improve it and live on it for five years. What makes the monument special is that it is on the land of Daniel Freeman. His was the first homestead to come into effect on January 1, 1863.

In Marysville, Kansas, I rode along a little section of the route of the Pony Express. The Pony Express Route stretched 1966 miles from St. Joseph, MO to Sacremento, CA between April, 1860 and October, 1861. One hundred twenty riders rode a cumalative distance of 650,000 miles. Only one rider was killed by Indians but his horse made it to the next relay station and one scheduled run was completed. Not a single twenty pound packet of mail was stolen or lost during the eighteen months that the service was in operation. One of the most famous Pony Express Riders was William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody. Between Marysville and Randolph, Kansas, I rode along a short section of the Oregon Trail.

Yesterday (July 8th) on my way from Marysville to Randolph, I stopped for church in the small town of Blue Rapids. The small Methodist church was having their service in the park. This was pretty nice and I got invited to stay for the picnic lunch. What was so funny about it is that the pastor led the congregation in song. Several of the songs had motions to them especially one that they called "Kungfu Jesus" since it had Kungfu moves.

I've just traveled 27 miles today because of the heat. From Manhattan, I'll be traveling in a southwest direction to Wichita. I hope to be in Wichita by Friday.




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