Day 16 – Hays to Wichita

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

I left Hays after breakfast and headed further west to Salina and then south to Wichita. I stopped for brunch shortly before arriving at the hotel. I checked in, cleaned up the bike from all of the bug carcasses and road film and then went for a much needed workout before taking a shower and waiting for the other team members to arrive for our meeting tomorrow.

There are a few things that I wasn’t aware of before this trip. There were a number of oil pumping units along the interstate highways in most of the states I drove through, especially Wyoming, Colorado and Kansas. I didn’t realize there was so much oil in these states. There was a Suncor refinery on I270 in Denver that Sauro ( who retired from the company ) hadn’t told me about. There were a lot of windmills in most of the states but nowhere as many as in Kansas, which doesn’t come as a surprise considering the amount of wind they have. There were thousands ( or at least it seemed that way ) in the area between Hays and Salina. The windmill farms stretched for many miles.

The weather here is warm and sunny with little wind and the forecast indicates that it will stay that way for the next few days.