Location: Dighton, KS (camped at city park)
I slept well in the tin shed on a soft but lumpy pile of sawdust. The shed kept the wind off us and was significantly warmer than outside in the park. Animals rustled in the walls a bit, but none bothered us, so I slept well.
I packed quickly and ate breakfast slowly. Brian did the same. Neither of us was in a hurry to push our bikes out of the warm shed and into the cold, windy street. The winds had shifted to the south, but they were still cold and stiff. The same gray clouds from yesterday hung over the wide open fields. We stopped at a gas station for hot cocoa and then headed east on the long straight road. We battled a stiff cross wind for almost five hours to make the 45 miles to Scott City. The wind blew cold all morning, so we treated ourselves to Pizza Hut when we reached the town. The restaurant gave us a chance to get out of the wind and load up on some hot calories in the way of a freshly baked Pepperoni pizza, a large of course. We gobbled it up and headed back onto the road to complete the last 25 miles. We lost an hour in the day when we came to the central time zone, so we didn’t waste time at lunch. We needed to reach Dighton in time to contact the Sherriff’s office and ask for permission to stay in the city park.
We reached the town without much ado. The sun broke through the clouds at the end of the ride, making the miles less tedious. I’m bundled warmly in my sleeping bag and happy to be here. Tomorrow, rain is forecasted.