I’ve slept in a tent during storms, kind of relaxing. But in Kansas, the storm blew my tent over so that a side touched my face, which happened during one of our first nights in Kansas. It was scary, but everyone in my group has spent a lot of time in tents, so we knew what to do. When the weather gets bad, we get our raingear out and get ready to run to shelter, if needed. In my case, I have one more step after getting my raingear out. I start recording video.
The 1 minute video below isn’t very clear, but if you look carefully, you can see the left side of my tent coming down. The blue thing in the middle is a towel I hang from inside, to let it dry out overnight.
Other days in Kansas were much less exciting. We cycled through hundreds of miles of flat, straight roads. We even joked that any turn was a wrong turn because we took the same straight road for hundreds of miles, with a strong wind.
Usually, the wind was a cross-wind, and one day, it was a 30 MPH tail wind. My normal cycling speed is about 11 MPH. With that tail wind, I doubled that speed without peddling much.
Even though Kansas is flat with a lot of fields. There were still some fun sights. Some of them are with old buildings, and some are with colorful plants. I hope the colors come out in these pictures.
Another storm barely missed us when we left Kansas. About 20 miles behind us, a storm flooded Main Street and produced 1”-2” hail. Overall, the storms were a small part of Kansas. The long roads and quiet miles is what I’ll remember most. I listened to about half of the Grapes of Wrath audio book, and I had a lot of good time to sort out my thoughts.