My brother, Chris, who made a surprise visit to Yates Center last night, brought a man-toy, a drone, to take photos of me cycling out of Yates Center.Not only did a drone hover in the air today, numerous dragonflies hovered over the shoulder of the road, too.
Roadkill varies from place to place. I’ve seen a number of armadillo carcasses along the road but I’ve yet to see a live ‘dillo.
The Race Across America (RAAM) community is pretty close knit. When I met PJ and Colleen in Flagstaff, they spread the word ahead to later RAAM Time Station teams, including Martin Ashwill and his wife, Kristi Hudecek-Ashwill, of Time Station 30 in Fort Scott KS. Martin and Kristi did a bunch of things to welcome me to Fort Scott.
- They sent their sons, Dana and Adam, on bicycles to meet me where one gets off Route 54 to go into Fort Scott.
- They set up their house with signage to make it feel like the real time station that RAAM racers experience.
- They sent out press releases that brought forth reporters from KOAM-TV and Fort Scott Tribune to interview me at TS 30. KOAM did a short report on TV tonight.
- They baked us fresh homemade pumpkin bread.
- They shared RAAM stories.
- They were full of enthusiasm for my venture.
As if Kansas had not done enough to cement my affection for the state, we are also the guests of Warm Showers hosts Pat and Larry Lyons of Twin Mansions. This is a bed and breakfast like nothing I have ever seen. There are twelve rooms, each large and decorated imaginatively and tastefully. If you EVER have an occasion to come to Fort Scott, stay here. You will love it.
Start location: Yate Center KS
End location: Fort Scott KS
Distance: 62.5 miles
Cumulative distance: 1756.3 miles
Elevation gain: 954.7 feet (rolling hills)