Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Seattle, Washington, USA
Bikes: 2014 Pivot Mach 5.7 MTB, 2009 Chris Boedeker custom, 1988 Tommasini Prestige, 2007 Bill Davidson custom; 1988 Specialized Stumpjumper
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Thanks for posting. I enjoyed your journal, and like the pics.
I've done that route by car a number of times. Love the Flint Hills. There is no doubt that people in Kansas are nice but the winds can be brutal...As you noted in your journal, it's great when you get to New Mexico and you can see the mountains even though you're still out in the scrubby grasslands.
You had a really key insight in one of your journal postings I'd like to share. You noted that at small-town cafes, all the locals tend to gather at a big group table or group of tables. And you wrote something like, "If you sit at the communal table you're guaranteed a lot of conversation." I think most solo travellers would walk in, be nice, and go sit at a table by themselves. Nothing wrong with that - but your tactic is 100% guaranteed to generate conversation, as you noted. I'll bet most solo bike tourists don't do that.
Sounds like you had zero bike issues. I guess the Windsor Tourist is still proving to be a great value.