Pictured, left to right, are Tim, Bob, Andrew, Herb, me and Brian. Pete took the photo, but also was riding with us. As you can see, we passed the "official" 1/2 way mileage point of our trip today. I have ridden 1950 miles (about 1915 where the photo was taken) so far.
Despite the (somewhat milder) headwind, today's trip of 64 miles was easier. We are getting into eastern Kansas, where the towns are closer together, the farms are greater and the cattle ranches fewer. In honor of the 1/2 way point, the food at our SAG stop was all cut in half (donuts, peaches, pickles,.....). But everyone ate lots anyway!
We arrived in Abilene, Kansas at noon, and after a hot tub soak and shower, I went with Rick to the Eisenhower center. President Eisenhower grew up in Abilene, and is buried here with his wife, Mamie. His presidential library is here, as well as a museum with many artifacts from his life. They are all part of a complex built near the house where he grew up. It was a lovely place to visit, and since Eisenhower retired to Gettysburg, I appreciated the symmetry.
Tomorrow we have a very long, hilly ride (into the wind, but I digress) to Topeka, Kansas, so we appreciated the shorter rides the past two days. Time is flying on this trip, and we have trouble comprehending that we've already ridden more than halfway across the continent!