What a great day off.
I woke up to the smell of Bacon, cooking courtesy of Jennifer.
I walked downstairs to find Lance working on a gleaming bike in the back garden. It was mine, I hardly recognised it.
Once all the dirt and grime was removed we took it to the basement / bike workshop where I was given an all round lesson on bike maintenance/repair etcetc.
Brakes adjusted, gears re-tuned, chain cleaned and in the end replaced, tyres swapped.
My bike isn't running like new now - It's better than new.
Thankyou so much Jennifer and Lance for looking after me and my bike and helping make this trip even more enjoyable.
After this we made out way to Kansas City where we had lunch and a bit if a look around downtown. We crossed another state line into Missouri but as it was by car it was kind of cheating. Tomorrow I will ride across as well.
It was a sweltering hot day and I was A - wondering how I could ride in these temperatures and B - thanking my lucky stars I wasn't.
The evening consisted of J and L's family and friends coming over for a BBQ. I think the gathering was arranged to show off the crazy English bloke riding across country.
In attendance were; Elaine, Shirley Who gave me homemade cookies for the next days ride!, Sergeant Major Dell who enjoyed recounting his roll number (which was something like 5347621132545875), Gayle, Rick, Dave, another Dell, Todd, Camden, Janai, and of course Jennifer and Lance.
Again, there were a few bike nuts, chucked in and everyone was uber interested to hear how the journey had been going. Such hospitality and friendliness seems to be becoming a theme of Kansas.
I'm also noticing the power of the accent is strong at the moment. It's proving to be a big hit. Unfortunately I'm not available for reciting Harry Potter books and certain phrases etc. I have a schedule to keep ;)
anyways, I'm feeling fully refreshed and ready for the next leg, approx 550 miles to Chicago Ilinois.