Day 54 - Scott City to Oakley - Two Far 2021 - Sooo... Far - CycleBlaze

June 1, 2021

Day 54 - Scott City to Oakley

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We started out under cloudy skies with our long sleeves on, but by the end of the ride we had sunshine and warmth.  It was a  beautiful day to ride.  There were some long hills and some headwind, but those didn't stop us from enjoying the day.

Downtown Scott City
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It must snow a lot here!
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Keith A. SpanglerI'd love to see a train plow in action, would make a great image!
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It was very gray this morning, but we had a nice wide shoulder and only light headwinds. It was around 60 degrees by mid-morning.
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We went past this large dairy. There were two barns this size.
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It takes a lot of silage to feed so many cows.
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We discovered a large oil field in Kansas!

An oil collection site
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There were at least a dozen wells we could see from the road.

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Mike ObermeyerYeah!! But were they working?
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Jeanna & Kerry SmithTo Mike ObermeyerYes, I think these were all pumping.
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After the first twenty or so miles, we got into rolling hills.  We also started to see a little blue in the sky.

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Jeanna & Kerry SmithTo Michael and Diane RuddockYes, and we have many more tandem rollers in our immediate future!
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We stopped to read this historical marker. The northernmost pueblo that has been found is near here. It was a long drive down an unpaved road to the site, so we didn't visit it.
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The view from the marker site. More blue appearing!
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About halfway into today's ride, we came to a Kansas historical display.  There were a number of interpretative panels.

This one contains more detail about the pueblo.
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Information about Native American and white settler conflicts.
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And information about the trails used by white settlers.
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The display was located at the top of one of the hills with beautiful views of the surrounding plains.

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We also learned that this area was underwater 80 million years ago.

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Fossils from the underwater era have been found widely here and there are several fossil museums in the area.  We stopped at one nearby.  It wasn't much as a museum, but we met a very nice couple from Grapevine, TX.  Teresa and Dan are on their way to Mt. Rushmore.  It turns out that they lived near where we did in Irving, TX, around the same time we did.  It was fun playing "Do you remember?" for a few minutes.

Barbara, museum owner, Teresa and Dan
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Keith A. SpanglerHey, do you remember?
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A mounted fish fossil display
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I did enjoy seeing this old car and checking out all it's decoration.
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Mike ObermeyerLove the Truck.
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Jeanna & Kerry SmithTo Mike ObermeyerPretty cool, isn't it? I didn't know the Suburban was around in 1948.
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Keith A. SpanglerThat would make a good SAG vehicle!
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While we were doing the seven mile climb, the sun come out enough to make our shadow.  It's the first time in a few days we've had that much sunshine.

I love sunshine!
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A bucolic farm picture
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Keith A. SpanglerNow that is beautiful!
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Blue sky, white clouds, green grass and a lone tree
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Today's ride: 47 miles (76 km)
Total: 2,168 miles (3,489 km)

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Keith A. SpanglerGood "seeing" Jeanna!
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