They do say that time flies when you are having fun, but we can hardly believe it’s 10-days since we last caught up with Morten who is, as we type, cycling his way from California to Massachusetts on the Fast Ride America.
Since we last blogged, he has cycled through Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Illinois, and passed the official half-way mark, but despite already cycling 2,000 miles (3,218km), he still has a long way to go!
The past 10-days have been pretty full-on with no rest days. The weather has been ‘interesting’ to say the least, with 5 degree temperatures, scattered showers, and strong headwinds, but fortunately, the group managed to stay behind the tornado that threatened their two-wheeled journey.
Since arriving in Kansas, our very own Wizard of Oz (or should that be Norge!) has been blessed with blue skies and 25 degrees, so here’s hoping the good weather will last. Here’s Morten Strava Stats from Day 10:
Day 10: Las Vegas NM – Tucumari NM
Moving Time: 6:55:34
Day 11: Tucumari NM – Dalhart TX
Moving Time: 6:14:01
Day 12: Dalhart TX – Liberal KS (3 State Day)
Moving Time: 8:07:00
Day 13: Liberal KS – Dodge City KS
Moving Time: 4:43:00
Day 14: Dodge City KS – Great Bend KS
Moving Time: 4:51:40
Day 15: Great Bend KS – Abilene KS
Moving Time: 7:14:54
Day 16: Abilene KS – Topeka KS
Moving Time: 6:35:18
Day 17: Topeka KS – Cameron MO
Moving Time: 6:47:25
Day 18: Cameron MO – Kirksville MO
Moving Time: 7:30:42
Day 19: Kirksville MO – Quincy IL
Moving Time: 5:11:31
Here’s a few lines from the man himself:
8th May: We arrived in Tucumari close to the Texas border after a relatively easy 177km ride with headwinds all the way. Tornados are forecast for the coming days, although it looks as though we’ll be just behind them. We will see tomorrow!
9th May: We arrived in Texas today. Another day with strong headwinds, and colder than previous days. Tomorrow will be much the same, but I’m glad we missed the weather on the picture below!
11th May: We left Dodge City this morning, an old cowboy town famous for its cattle farms. We passed Kinsley in Kansas, which is midway USA, and enjoyed warmer temperatures with little wind. Kansas is flat – we climbed just 119m over 148km – you won’t find that in Norway!
15th May: After leaving Topeka at 7am this morning, we reached the Fast America half-way point. First half done!
17th May: After a few very warm days in Missouri, we crossed the Mississippi River to Quincy Illinois. Lots of rolling hills in Missouri, so challenging but very pretty.
Today, Morten is cycling from Quincy to Springfield in Illinois, where he will enjoy a well-deserved rest today tomorrow! We’ll catch up again soon, but in the meantime, here’s some pics: