I had a really uneventful day today. Much like yesterday I spent most of the day at the bike shop, talking to Roger, the owner. He spent most of the day working on my bike, and I think he has done a great job on it – he has completely rebuilt my destroyed rear wheel with stronger spokes and reinforced my rear rack. The rack now looks really sturdy, so hopefully that will hold up at least until I get to Colorado.
I finally got my bike back at about 15.30 and decided to take it for a spin to make sure it won’t fall apart on me as soon as a leave town. I rode out of Pittsburg on the 126, the same road that I was driven in on, and headed east until I came across the ‘Welcome to Kansas’ sign that I missed on the way in. So I now have the manditory state boarder photo! The bike ran really well – about as smoothly as it has done since I was new – and didn’t fall apart, so I am feeling positve about tomorrow.
I don’t mind spending the time off just as long as I get my bike working again, but it’s still a bit disheartening not to have made any progress at all over the last couple of days. I should be able to make good time across Kansas as long as the wind and the weather are on my side – yesterday the wind was ridiculously strong, and there were thunder storms this morning, with tonrnados a real possibility! I think it must be true what they say about the weather in Kansas: ‘if you don’t like the weather wait 5 minutes and it’ll change’.
Although I don’t have too far to go tomorrow I’m going to get off to an early start, as apparently the wind tends to pick up in the afternoons.