Yolanda and Bill – Take 1
While I was posting my blog in a coffee shop in La Veta on Friday, a couple came in. The athletic wife came straight over to me and started talking. Within minutes, she learned that I was on a cross country ride. She wondered if my route would go through Ulysses where they lived, and if it did, would we like to stay at their house.
Yolanda and Bill – Take 2
Saturday’s ride of 108 miles started in the plains 15 miles east of Trinidad. I broke it up in my mind into two rides, one to Kim and the second to Springfield. During our brief stop at the Kim Outpost, Yolanda and Bill, who thought they might find Mike and me en route, indeed, did. Bill reassured me that I would not encounter a headwind on the remainder of the ride to Springfield. He was right.
Yolanda and Bill – Take 3
Today, I rode from Springfield with Brenda Mueller, a fellow cyclist from the RTA ride last fall. Our destination was Ulysses. Our conversation (plus a little tailwind) crushed the kilometers and kept me from noticing the monotony of the landscape. It was Mike’s last day as SAG. Thank you, Mike! We made our fourth state crossing: Colorado to Kansas.
We dodged thousands of grasshoppers on the road, saw a dead barn owl, and watched a hawk catch and carry a live snake. Mike saw a couple tarantulas. We were also looking forward to staying with Yolanda and Bill.
One we arrived at their lovely home, we had the opportunity to share stories at length. Yolanda’s story is amazing. She once weighed 211 pounds. She had fibromyalgia and suffered 5 days out of 7 in bed with pain. Two of her friends suggested a change in diet plus exercise. Within a month, Yolanda was off her pain meds. She runs six days a week now and loves it and she looks great.
She and Bill were the most gracious of hosts and two of the most upbeat people I have ever met. They fixed us a homemade meal. Hamburgers were cooked to order. Yolanda fed me her own homemade veggie burgers. We all shared a giant salad with cucumbers from her garden.
Tomorrow Brenda and I will ride 115 miles to Greensburg KS. Mike returns to work so Sandra, his wife, will be our SAG. She has memorized the SAG jobs that Susie wrote up and Mike gave her a quick course. We know she is a quick study and will learn on the job. It will be the longest ride of all the days so far so Sandra’s first day will be a trial by fire. She’s excited to do it and we know she will do a stellar job.
Start location: Springfield CO
End location: Ulysses KS
Distance: 76.7 miles
Cumulative distance: 1360.9 miles
Elevation gain: 315 feet
Special features: Fourth state crossing – Colorado to Kansas
Strava track: https://www.strava.com/activities/717330861