To Every Thing (Turn Turn Turn). As it is with the seasons, so it is with the wind. What has been our ally on many days during this
odyssey, today became our foe. Our 112-mile run from Dalhart, TX, across the Oklahoma panhandle, and into Liberal, KS, became a struggle
as we fought a 20-25 mph headwind all day. Yesterday’s gaudy stats into Dalhart with the tailwind were reversed as we all slowed down
considerably. My average speed today was a much more pedestrian 14.7 mph. My day was made even more enjoyable with two flats and one
tire failure (the bead separated from the sidewall and had to be replaced.) We were all relieved to turn into the posh Days Inn of
Liberal and call it a day.
The day started out chilly at 38 degrees leaving Dalhart, and the wind made it seem even colder. My
jacket stayed on until well past lunch. The scenery along the way was pretty much non-existent---endless flat fields dotted with a
few grazing cattle, a handful of oil pumps, a train track running parallel to Route 54, and that’s about it. Oh, did I mention it
We did knock off two more states today. We got into Oklahoma at mile 51, and hit Kansas right outside of Liberal at
mile 108. When photo ops at these two signs were highlights of the day, you know it’s been a rough day. After our discussion about
tomorrow’s ride, I sauntered over to the local “Chinese Super Buffet” and laid waste to many (mostly bland) calories. But at least
we’ve all lived to fight another day tomorrow.
Speaking of which, Friday promises to be the closest we’ll have for a “rolling
recovery day.” We only have an 83-mile ride into Dodge City, KS, and the wind is supposed to do a 180 and be at our backs again. With
any luck, we should be at Dodge by noon, and then we can relax and/or explore town.