Day 49: Nickerson to Larned
The librarian had a family emergency so she closed the library at 5 PM. I bought a bag of potato chips at the local grocery store to snack on before the dinner. While sitting on the bench, I saw a mom and her three children walked by. They were going to the dinner at the community center, too. So I joined them.
There were about 20 people at the community center. The mom's name is Sherri. I mainly talked with her. At 6 PM, dinner was served. It was a potluck. I had some enchiladas, a variety of salads, and some deviled eggs. The food was really good!
(Community members at the potluck, with Sherri on the right)
Soon after the potluck, rain started to pour. I hurriedly rode my bike back to the pavilion. After setting up my tent, I noticed the rain had stopped. Then around 8:30 PM, it started to pour again. This time, much more. I moved my tent closer to the center of the pavilion since water was coming in. Luckily, it stopped short of my tent. I went to bed soon after the rain had stopped.
(Rain creeping in on my tent)
This morning, I had a sausage, egg, and cheese bagel, along with a cup of coffee, at the convenience store in Nickerson. Then I started riding out west. I hit 2000 miles on the odometer but the actual total distance is about 2050 miles. The bike computer malfunctioned a few times.
(Camel spotting in Kansas)
(Hit 2000 miles on the odometer)
I rode about 30 miles until I came upon a church on the side of the road. It was about 11 AM and I haven't seen a restaurant, a cafe, or a convenience store. There was a faucet on the front yard of the church so I got some water and made two bags of ramen noodles on my stove. It was only the second time I used the stove. I also ate some trail mix I had bought in Chanute. It wasn't the best meal, but at least I have more energy now to ride another 28 miles to Larned.
(Ramen for lunch)
Entering Larned, I saw large white cylinders as tall as some large apartment buildings. I've seen them before in Buhler and Nickerson. Later at the library, I found out they are for storing grain.
(More oil rigs)
(Pro-life/anti-choice signs spotted)
The first thing I did in Larned was to report to the police station. My map had indicated a park where I can camp but I needed to talk to the police first. The police lady gave me a form to fill out and gave me a map for the location of the park.
I rode several more blocks north and stopped by Wendy's for a vanilla frosty before coming back in town to the library to write this blog post. I plan on getting some dinner soon then camp at the park. Today is the first time I felt some significant headwind. My phone showed a 7 to 8 mph wind from the west the whole day.