Day 46 - Buffalo to Ashland - Two Far 2021 - Sooo... Far - CycleBlaze

May 24, 2021

Day 46 - Buffalo to Ashland

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It was another short day with a tailwind - such fun! 

Leaving our hotel, we met Brett Miller who was staying in the unit next door.  The converted apartments we were staying in had once been his grandmother's house.  He told us a little about the history of Buffalo.  It was a thriving town until the 1970's when the decline of family farms led to the demise of most of it's businesses.

Brett Miller
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Downtown Buffalo today.

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The day started with a small hitch.  Kerry lost a part when he tried to pump up the rear tire and was left with a low tire and no pump.  It was a problem easily solved by going to a shop he had seen down the street which had a compressor.

Brandon (in the brown shirt) was so nice to help us out.
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Since we're riding tomorrow with a friend (with his pump) until we reach a town with a bike shop, we're good.

It was only eleven miles to the Kansas line.  Just before we got to Kansas, we rode past this huge feedlot.  

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Curt & Helene ReedWow! I have never seen so many
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We stopped at a picnic area on the Oklahoma-Kansas border.  I took this picture of some dark pink-red flowers.  Our friend Paul says they are called "wine cups".

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Bill ShaneyfeltPurple poppy mallow

https://www.kswildflower.org/flower_details.php?flowerID=4
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The first thing we saw in Kansas was this silage cutting operation.

The wheat was cut
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Then the next machine chopped it and sent it into a waiting truck. There was a line of trucks waiting to be filled.
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The Cimarron River. Kerry says it is often mentioned in Westerns, as is the Canadian River we crossed a couple of days ago.
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Have to have some cows every day, but these are Kansas cows. Can you tell the difference? Neither could we.
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There are two Pauls into today's story.  This Paul is a local farmer who talked to us for a long time at lunch.  We learned more about wheat farming and cattle ranching.  After we finished lunch, we rode across the street to our motel.  A few minutes later, Paul drove over and gave us his phone number, just in case we needed anything.  We appreciated his thoughtfulness.

Paul
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The second Paul is Paul Krieg.  He helped build all three of our RANS bikes.  He rode out to Ashland to meet us and the three of us will ride back to Montezuma over the next two days.

Paul Krieg
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Kelly IniguezAs a fellow recumbent rider, there's lots to see here! How many of those E Phoenix bikes are out there? I thought it was a development project? Very interesting!

I can identify the battery on the special rack. What is just above that?

The front and rear racks are interesting - are they integrated?

What is the big box on the top tube?

Love the paint job!

Kelly
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Kelly Iniguezhttps://www.cycleblaze.com/journals/crosswinds/introduction/

All of the answers to
My questions are right here on Cycle Blaze!
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Paul KriegTo Kelly IniguezSo far as I know, this is the only true mid-drive [with the motor in the “middle” of the frame], after market, e-assist, 700c Phoenix out there. All the others I am aware of have the motor mounted at the bottom bracket up front, and of those, the steel frame bikes are the only ones rated for that set up. The e-bike under development is a Phoenix with a 700c rear wheel and a 20”406 front, a bike intended to be e-assist from the start. This one started out life as a "normal" Phoenix that I later converted to e-assist.
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Curt & Helene ReedMust be nice to finally meet with people you know.
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Paul charging his tail light from his bike battery
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Tomorrow is another 30 mile day.  I could get used to this!

Today's ride: 32 miles (51 km)
Total: 1,956 miles (3,148 km)

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