John and I arrived in Ness City and found the oasis that is Frigid Creme. Oh, how delicious a large limeaid and soft serve ice cream can be on a hot day in Kansas! But several things made today special. While in Ness City, we saw three riders in the Trans Am Bike Race: Peter Andersen (2nd place), Dave Lewis (3rd place), and Kraig Pauli (4th place). Marcel Graber, first place, snuck by us in the middle of the previous night. These guys ride about 250 miles a day, crossing the United States in 17-18 days. You can see our videos on our Instagram.
Another thing that made today special was-- even though the Ness City Public Library is closed on Sunday, Laurie let us peek inside the building. Laurie was working today to decorate the library for the summer reading program and wasn't quite sure what to make of the two cyclists standing outside looking like sad puppies. The building was originally the fire station and later incorporated a city office, doubling the size. They have the coolest dioramas (donated from a private collection) and a display of Native American artifacts. Thanks Laurie for opening the library for us--we really appreciate it!
And we enjoyed the evening with new TransAm friends: Joe, Roger, and Ian. Joe has been touring for decades and is blogging about his TransAm trip at: www.crazyguyonabike.com/JoeCulpepper. He is traveling with Roger and this is Roger's first bike tour-- you really start big Roger! Ian is from Belgium and just received his Ph.D. in History. He is 27 years old, just like our son Ian! Mexican food was eaten, followed by MORE Frigid Creme and shaved ice at the ball field. Life on the road is sweet!