Cross Country Recumbent
Tuesday August 19, 2003. Scott City KS to Larned KS
Long day. It was a little tough to drag my butt out of the bag
this morning, mostly owing to the time change I think. Maybe also
partly due to the fantastic thunder storm that crashed through Scott
City last night. I love living in the West but I do miss the
electrical storms. As I was leaving town I saw Laura and Steve
again. They get up way earlier than me and had already done 25
miles! The day was mostly overcast with storm cells moving across
the route from South East to North West. I got caught a couple
times, but the rain was warm and welcome.
It did cause some problems with my bike computer. Just outside of
Ness city I started getting anomalous readings on both the cadence and
speed signals. They didn't last long, and the mileage from the
map is close to the value from the computer, so I'll just call it
good. I stopped for a long break in the metropolis of Rush
Center, hoping to wait out some more storms. Alas I think I just
timed it to hit the storm right on. From Rush Center the route
went South about 20 miles, directly into the Southern wind strengthened
by this storm.
It was slow going, but extremely entertaining watching the sky spark
with giant bolts of lightning.
Outside of Larned a local told me that I was six miles away, and that
there were two hills between me and town. Although the terrain
has started to roll a bit, I couldn't help but laugh at what the hills
turned out to be. In the West if someone says there aren't any
hills ahead what they really mean is: nothing over 6% or 1000'.
Here a hill is a hundred feet at 3%. Everything is relative.