Groups cross paths as trek winds way into Kansas


Submitted photo/ Colin Aker reaches the Kansas Border on Push America's Journey of Hope cross-country bicycle trek.

Submitted photo/ Colin Aker rides toward Topeka, Kan., on Push America's Journey of Hope cross-country bicycle trek.

We departed Colorado Springs for Pueblo on a short 65-mile day. Most of the day was spent in crosswinds and headwinds until we took a left turn.

The last 25 or so miles of the trip were spent traveling at 32 mph. We would have traveled faster, but some people’s bikes simply ran out of gears, and they couldn’t pedal any faster. Passengers in passing cars looked over at us with confused looks as we traveled at Tour de France speeds across the mostly flat landscape.

Our ride from Pueblo to Lamar was a 125-mile trek through the hot desert. Along the way, we encountered a couple of groups participating in 4K for Cancer, a similar event traveling from Baltimore to San Francisco.

The first group crossed the street to talk with us while I was changing a flat. Ironically, we were all at virtually the same point in our trips: halfway in mileage, starting June 1 and ending Aug. 10.


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