I knew that day one was not going to be a great mileage day as the more populated the area you travel, the more complicated is the navigation and the more chances that your route will get messed up. I believe that we only rode between 200 and 250 miles that day and my route according to Garmin was 1,600 miles.
On day 2, we decided to make some time and bypass Kansas City completely so we took the fastest way from Atchinson to Olathe and then tried to get back on the route I had planned. While I do not have pictures to show it, that day for me was striking by the difference in the standard of leaving of people. In the morning, south of Kansas city perfect surburbia looking houses, 3 stories high, lawn and landscape looking like a golf course and later on that day going through some pretty desolate town in SE KS where there are a lot of abandoned houses falling apart and some that you wonder how people can live in them.
Anyway, back on the ride side of things, as we are heading south at a good clip on gravel roads I hit a water crossing and stop at the other side to take a picture of RVsparky.
As I try to pull out my camera I see a white SUV coming at a pretty good clip and stop by RVsparky and talk to him. I later learn that it was the sheriff. Apparently a 4 wheeler had been stolen not very long ago and he saw our dust and thought we were the people he was looking for. Anyway he instructed us to let him know if we saw a 4 wheeler on a trailer behind a blue pick up. We did not see anything looking like that that day.
RVsparky after his conversation with the sheriff
I thought we could make it to Baxter Spring for a late lunch but after a few dead ends, we had to reconsider that and settled for a nice Mexican place in Frontenac.
Pictures of RVSparky soon after we passed the Marais des Cygnes massacre site
After lunch we kept on heading south and went by a multitude of huge water ditches, not sure what they are, is it what is left of some coal or limestone quarries? This was probably the best part of the day for me as it was very picturesque. Unfortunately no pictures of it.
As we head south, I catch up behind a tractor pulling some kind of a sweep. Since I have been the one in his shoes in the past I know what to do. Be patient, wait for him to see that you are there and then he will slow down and hug a side so that you can go by him. So I wait, I put myself where he should see me the quickest, nothing happen, I try the turn signal, still not helping my case. We go through a 90 degree turn typically a great place to get noticed, nothing. another 90 degree turn nothing again...After 8-10 miles of this I finally find enough place to squeeze by him, but that apparently did not make RVsparky passing any easier. Mr. farmer must have had something against us, oh well I hope the rest of his day was better.
We finally made it to the corner of the state, there, we meet a nice ADVrider as we stopped to get a drink at that gas station, I cannot remember his name, he is from Joplin. Since we cannot find a way to go to Baxter Spring to cross the river so we have to back track a little way. Going through Baxter spring we see where the tornado went through and hope that we will not pick up a nail or anything like that. Both RVsparky and I are puzzled to see that the Pizza hut is about the only building still standing in the path of the tornado...
Then we start heading west and we make pretty good time as there are not very many direction changes... Though it is dusty and makes RVsparky's life miserable as he has to wait for my dust to settle and everyonce in a while between trees, it does not.
As we go by this site by Chetopa, we stop for a few picures.
As I struggle to get my motorcycle out of the way to let the car that is coming go by I noticed he has a weird device on the roof. It is a google car! a prius on a gravel road quite a few miles from any paved road! Keep an eye out for it guys, we may in google street view at that point one of this day. RVsparky marked it on his GPS so we'll keep an eye out for it
We finally make it to Coffeyville, it has been a pretty long day but we saw a lot of beautifful scenery and a change in the landscape.
Here is the track of day 2 with a little bit of day 3
I need to get this RR done soon, my memory is starting to fail me