USA 2017 Days 6, 7 and 8

On the sixth day of our trip we headed out on the bike to do the other half of the road running through the Nebraska Sandhills (going from east to west this time).  People all over Nebraska were setting up for the Junk Jaunt.  They register their sale on a website and folks descend on Nebraska over the weekend in search of treasures.  Signs were going up along the road and some folks were already open for business.  Limited space on a bike is good incentive not to shop, though we did look around at a few places.  And we did manage to fit a pumpkin into the trunk of the bike!  Melons are so cheap south of the border that it was irresistible.  I have always liked the look of an unusual pumpkin and this green pumpkin fit the bill!

This part of Nebraska reminded me a lot of the area around Kitchener/Waterloo, Ontario.  The trees, the rolling hills, the crops.  And always there was a railroad.  The day was hot and our air conditioning unit broke so Les made a quick trip into town for a new one or I don’t know how we would have survived!

The next day we headed out to Kansas and set up camp in El Dorado (pronounced with a long a).  I did some laundry at the campground beside a tornado shelter!  In the morning we got on the bike once again and set out to explore the Flint Hills of Kansas.  It was a beautiful drive over the tall grass prairie with wild flowers mixed in.

After a close call on the bike (someone swerved into our lane and hit the lady behind us) we ended up at the Flint Hills Discovery Center.  This photo is of grass samples on this part of prairie.  It is with my phone so not great quality but you can see the amazing root system the grass has.  This area in Kansas is one of the few remaining places in the USA where the tall grass prairie is being protected.

On the way back we stopped at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve.  It encompasses some old buildings from a man who used to farm here in the late 1800’s. 

It was a beautiful day and a beautiful ride but it was so hot!  We started to figure out ways to cool down while we rode and a system of using the air conditioner and fans in the trailer to stay as cool as possible.  We had many days of hot weather in our future!