Yesterday, rain, hail, headwinds. Today, sunny, warm, tailwinds. :)
Data from today tell the tale: 3:03; 72 miles; 346' climb; 4,215 Calories. I raced the wind!
You know you’re in Texas when the hotel’s waffles are in the shape of the state!
Directions for today’s ride, turn left out of the hotel, ride 71.6 miles, and turn right into next hotel.
Highlights: Big Tex, DQ at the SAG.
Guymon promotes itself with the slogan, "Queen City of the Panhandle." Some cynics apparently have coined another slogan, "Home of the Most Lied-About Weather in the U.S." There's a huge slaughter house here; they process 16,000 pigs per day; that's a lot of bacon.
Tucumcari, Dalhart, Guymon, Liberal, all exist because of the railroads. Highway 54 runs parallel to the railroad tracks. Tomorrow we continue on 54 to Liberal, Kansas; we will have been in four states in four days.
During the 1930’s, a prolonged drought and poor soil conservation created dust storms and the region became known as the “Dust Bowl.” Farmers were forced to abandon their homes and many “Okies” departed in hopes of a better life in California. If you have not read The Grapes of Wrath, do.
Big Tex. It used to be the entrance to a restaurant in Dalhart.
What today's road looks like - straight and flat.
Check out the size of the windmill blades!
Grain elevators - America's castles