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Mount Sunflower

2016-09-17

tl;dr: I visited the glorious Mount Sunflower and then headed into Colorado via gravel roads.

Banana chips are one of those foods that you eye with disgust until you start eating them. Then you eat a whole bunch without stopping. Then you are sick of them for a while.

I came all the way down here to visit Mount Sunflower, the highest point in Kansas. It's within spitting distance of Colorado. There were many signs pointing the way, increasing anticipation. See the pictures. For whatever reason there are a lot of mosquitoes on Mount Sunflower. And while standing there I could hear coyotes howling in every direction.

From Mount Sunflower I had to back up a little and then enter Colorado a few miles south. This part of Colorado is like Kansas, except more so.

As I moved into Colorado the wind picked up to a crazy degree. Mostly it hit me as a crosswind, but when I had to tackle it I was in low gears. See how windy it was:



Storms sprung up in every direction. Though I could see rain and lightning all around, I never had a drop of rain touch me.

When I finally climbed against the wind to turn onto a highway, I was ready to enjoy a slight tail wind. The wind had been a strong, steady south-south-west all day long. Once on the highway I stopped for a break next to a shed. As soon as I left, the wind literally turned 180 degrees and stayed there the rest of the day. Gah! After a few miles peddling against that I gave up and set up camp early.

good morning skunk


good morning Kansas


This ranch has a huge limestone rock in front of it.


Kansas roads


biking beneath the setting moon


mule deer buck near Mount Sunflower


Mount Sunflower! I'm at 4039 feet elevation!


panorama from the top of Mount Sunflower


Welcome to Colorado!


Enter Colorado. See antelope!


bad 180 degree panorama showing how little there is here


I found a tractor, so I took a break in the shade out of the wind.


big dust devil


filling up water bottles


I can see a long long ways here.


Oddly, trespassing isn't an issue around here. But you better not be hunting.


I saw a lot of big tractors like this today.


I saw and was hit by a number of dust devils today.


I chased away these antelope while finding a place to camp.


good night Colorado


antelope outside my tent

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