David Johnson's Travel Blog
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08/30   Hot Hills
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09/04   Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge
09/06   Fred's Bike Shop
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09/08   The Terraced Hills
09/09   Tower of the Four Winds
09/10   Just gravel roads
09/11   Grand Island
09/12   Boot Hill
09/13   Highway 34 to McCook
09/15   Tinker Tom's
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09/18   Long Dry Day
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09/23   Send up the bicycle guy
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09/28   Arches National Park
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09/30   Newspaper Rock
10/01   Comb Wash up
10/02   Natural Bridges National Monument
10/03   The Burr Trail
10/04   Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
10/05   Escalante
10/06   Escalante Mountains and Red Canyon
10/07   Coral Pink Sand Dunes Park
10/08   Dinosaur Tracks
10/09   Snow Canyon State Park
10/11   Cathedral Gorge State Park
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Tinker Tom's


tl;dr: I broke down again. Tinker Tom got me going. Heading into Kansas.

McCook has a lot of cats.

I wasn't able to find a new phone. However, it turns out my phone supports wireless charging. Who knew? So for now I just have to carry around a wireless charging pad.

Wednesday I spent some time tweaking my shifting cables. I visited Tinker Tom's bike shop twice to get a little help.

Thursday I pulled out of McCook and made it all of two miles before the freehub part of my rear hub shredded. This basically means I can't peddle, or I can peddle, but there is no transmission to the rear tire. So I pushed my bicycle back to Tinker Tom's. As expected, he has no parts for my exotic NuVinci hub. I could get parts by maybe Tuesday, or I could replace the rear tire and install an entire new gear system.

I swear, by the time this trip is over I'm going to have a completely new bicycle.

Tom set me up with all the necessary parts, and I helped strip and replace much of it. I tried to tempt Tom to buy my broken hub, but he wisely declined, so I mailed it home, because the entire thing can probably be fixed with a $40 part. Tom was super helpful, and charged me half of what he could have, so if you are in McCook and need a bike, look him up. (And use the Google Map address, not the map pointer. Google Maps doesn't like McCook.)

So by 2 PM I was back on the road. After a couple of miles on the highway I turned south onto Road 380. This was an awesome cycling road.

Around 6 PM I could see a storm coming so I stopped under an abandoned store front in Ludell...Kansas. Huh, I'm in Kansas. I crossed the border and never even realized it. A couple pulled up in a truck and wanted to know my name in that I-may-need-to-report-you way. I commented that they probably didn't get a lot people traveling through on bikes. They said they didn't get a lot of people traveling through.

The rain never really hit, so I peddled on. Eventually I did hit the front. The wind kicked up to 50 mph, and the temperature dropped 20 degrees. But it still wasn't raining too hard. I pushed through and soon found a place to camp.

There are sand burrs here.

some of McCook's cats

hotel room visitor

I'm mailing home this box of stuff that I decided I don't need to haul with me. I hope I'm not wrong.

replacing the rear tire and adding 8-speed gearing

We shall see.

I guess you could consider this road closed if you couldn't push your bike through the grass.

This is Road 380 heading south from McCook. It is a great bicycling road.


sorghum and clouds

an abandoned farm

waiting out the rain that never came

It looks like I'm on the Texas Ogallola Cattle Trail.

storms a coming

some landscape along the road

This mule deer is watching me push my bike toward a camping spot.

good night Kansas

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