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The Great American Double Cross, or: "There And Back Again"
By Chris Zacho - (contact)

Day 127: Scott City, KS: do you think they have any idea..?

Monday July 16, 2012, 48 miles (77 km) - Total so far: 5,707 miles (9,185 km)

The wind started early. Or it never really stopped last night. However, it wasn’t too strong and was still coming from the south. Well, maybe a bit west of south, which was fine by me; from that direction it should be on my side and not be holding be back much.

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Good morning Banas.

It only took me about three hours on the bike to get to Scott City, however to the rest of the world it took me four hours. No, I wasn’t going that fast; eleven miles out I crossed into the Central Time Zone. In Leoti I came across a while group of bikepackers at the convenience store I pulled into. There were too many to get their names, but judging from the fake $1,000,000 bill with the proselytizing message on the back I’m assuming they were some church group. They were headed west.

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Time change.

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Largest group of Trans-Amers yet. All going west.

The traffic is a lot heavier, especially semi trucks, probably because it’s Monday. However all the drivers are courteous. There are no horns, single digit greetings, or close calls. It was a lot like riding at home. Except the roads were straight as an arrow, the landscape was as flat as a board, there were no trees, no houses…OK, it was not exactly like riding at home, but the drivers were similar. I’m really in Kansas now, no more desert, everywhere are farms. Corn, wheat (or some kind of grass/grain).

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Hay...

Just before entering Scott City I pass a large, I guess beef farm would be the best term for it, Thousands of cattle in pens, all stuck together with barely enough room to walk around. I can’t help but wonder if they have any idea. I pulled into Scott City and stopped to consult the map. Good, all the motels are on the route. I can find the Post Office and get a box later, right now I need to find an inexpensive place, as I will be staying for two days.

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...to feed tomorrows Big Macs.

I find the Lazy R Motel, and get myself a reconditioned apartment with two separate bedrooms and a kitchenette with sink, refrigerator and microwave (albeit the stove is disconnected), all for $46 a night, taxes included. Good enough for me. Tomorrow is going to be a rest day, and I will also be boxing up and sending home all the cold weather stuff. Seeing as this is summer and all the elevation is behind me I won’t be needing any of it anymore. So why carry the extra weight? So as soon as I’m checked in and rested I head out to the PO to get a box. Unfortunately the one I choose, although it is more than large enough to hold everything I’m sending home, is also about an inch too short to hold the front rack as well. So I guess I’ll have an empty luggage rack for the last 60 days.

I also have to call Kurt and Sharon and wish them a happy birthday.

The boring stuff:


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