Day 1, 3/20, 7:33pm - Girard, KS to Walnut, KS - 21 miles.
Picture 1: Trish eating breakfast
Picture 2: Trish and the campsite
Picture 3: Ben at Fort Scott
Picture 4: Officer's quarters, Fort Scott
Picture 5: Ben and Trish ready to leave Girard, Kansas
Picture 6: On the road
Picture 7: Walnut, Kansas
Picture 8: Trish makes dinner
broke camp this morning and left Liberty by about 8am. On the way to Girard,
we stopped at Fort Scott National Historic Site. A fort to settle disputes
between settlers and Indians, and later a Union Civil war fort, this site
has been recreated to what it looked like in the 1840s. We wandered through
the barracks, the hospital, the stables, and the officer quarters. Of course,
we got a cancellation for our National Parks passports, too.
is actually the first time that Trish or I have ever been to Kansas. Neither
of us had been to Iowa and Missouri, either, states we drove through to
get to Girard. We stopped at a gas station. I said to the woman, "So
this in Kansas?"
"Is it everything you hoped it would be?" She replied.
"I guess," I answered. "You know where you live is pretty
bad when you look forward to getting to Kansas." She thought that
was pretty funny.
last we got to Girard, at around 1pm. We parked next to the bank and began
putting our bicycle together. Two women came out of the bank to say hello.
We chatted for a while; they were very nice people. Most of the people
we have met have been very pleasant. The Adventure Cycling map said they
As soon as we set out, we realized that there was something wrong with
the cycle computers. For some reason, the cadence (RPM) reading wasn’t
working on either Avocet cycle computer. Worse, the speed reading was clearly
incorrect (according to the computer, we never broke 4mph.) I tried messing
with them, but to no avail. Tomorrow I’ll take a look at them, and if can’t
fix it we’ll stop at the bike shop in Chanute.
stopped today in Walnut, Kansas. We rode about 21 miles today, according
to the map. Walnut is a town of 308 people. We’re staying in the city park.
Unfortunately, the toilets don’t work, so we walk down the street to the
Grocery Store/Restaurant/Gas Station. Once I finish the page, I’ll walk
down there and see if I can get the acoustic coupler to work with the strange
looking pay phone. The folks here are pretty nice. A swarm of children
came up to us and asked us all about our bike.
solar panels seem to be working very well. The battery was at 100% when
I fired up the laptop this evening. Its awfully nice not to have to plug
in and wait somewhere!