What a wonderful morning to be riding bicycles! For most of the morning we rode in temperatures in the 60s and the wind at our back. Overcast skies with just a few sprinkles. And in the middle of the ride, we found Heartland Mill, an amazing bakery east of Leoti. We also passed several TransAm racers- always exciting.
We entered Tribune a little after noon and hung out downtown a bit, eating ice cream in front of the grocery store. Diana and Ginger (from the library) told us that Tribune, Kansas, and Greeley County were named after Horace Greeley, editor and founder of the New York Tribune, late 19th century. Best known for popularizing the phrase, "Go West young man," Greeley also ran for president in 1872, losing to Ulysses S. Grant.
Went to the Greeley County Public Library and the first thing we see is a group of kids dancing to the Zumba song! Cris Wilson, from Smoky Hills Public Television, was presenting a Share-a-Story Program with local kids, promoting reading and sending each participant home with a book (to keep!). After Cris finished the program, we were invited to talk to the kids about our bicycle tour and libraries- an unexpected joy and honor.
John and I talked with Diana Mishler and Ginger Gibson, Library Assistants that are also retired elementary school teachers. They told us that the Bike Across Kansas (BAK) starts near Tribune every other year and the cyclists come to use the library computers/wifi and watch television in the cozy library lounge. The library staff also volunteer at the fundraiser dinner that feeds the 800+ BAK riders, with proceeds going to the local theater. They see a lot of TransAm riders come through Tribune each summer. Last year they posted a world map in the library, asking TransAm riders to mark their hometowns. What a great idea! We stayed at the library for another hour, using the computers and wifi and staying out of the wind.
Many thanks to Cindi, Diana, and Ginger. We learned a lot about Tribune and really appreciated the chance to speak with the kids!