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Here’s the story of today’s ride in 65 words. We left McPherson and turned right and then immediately turned right again. Greg got on the front and we went very fast. After 22 miles we turned left and we went very, very fast. We stopped at the SAG in Durham and then started again. Then we went even faster than before. After 61 miles and 3 hours we arrived in Abilene and we stopped!
That pretty much sums up this morning’s riding. With flat, fast roads, a tail wind and excellent co-operative riding, sharing out the work between us, we made excellent progress. In a few places we were moving effortlessly at around 30mph.There was the hint of rain in the air (it didn’t happen) which encouraged us to keep pushing on. But that’s not the end of the story, Far from it. One of the things that keeps me going is that I never know what I’m going to come across. Some days it’s the countryside and the landscape. On other days it might be the people that I encounter. Or perhaps, a piece of history - one of those historical markers. Today it was food. So readers, prepare your taste buds and whet your appetites.
Abilene is most famous as the place where Dwight Eisenhower, General and then President, lived from the age of two and which he considered as his home. His life is commemorated in the Presidential Library and Museum which is one of the main attractions in the town. I hope to have a peek at it tomorrow and possibly also at the nearby Greyhound Hall of Fame. I might even tell you about what I find out…
And thanks too to the person who reminded me of the George Hamilton IV song about Abilene. Click here readers and you can enjoy it too