Nickerson, KS to Eureka, KS - 125 miles
I awoke at 4AM in my top bunk to the delightful smell of coffee and French toast and made my way out to the kitchen where I found June and Jim awake and waiting for us. It was so nice to have a homemade breakfast before getting on the road for another long day. Thank you to June and Jim for your hospitality!
We got on the road before sunrise and settled into a pleasant pace over the flat-to-mildly rolling terrain. About 50 miles into the day, we stopped for "second breakfast" in the nice town of Newton, KS, which seemed like an oasis of civilization in a desert of corn fields and towns with fewer than 1000 residents. We ate at a small cafe where the owner expressed her love for cyclists and insisted on interviewing us and taking a picture to put on the wall.
The saddles called and we were back on the road for a long 70+ miles through the blistering heat of Kansas. The rest of the ride was relatively uneventful and we coasted into Eureka, KS at around 5PM. The folks at the Blue Stem Lodge were kind enough to donate a room. We were thrilled because they had a pool where we took a very refreshing dip before going to dinner.
About Lea's Foundation
In 1998, Lea Michele Economos, a young woman who died of leukemia at the age of 28, made a dying wish to her parents that others would not face the hardships she encountered by finding a cure for this disease. Her family started this charity to carry on that wish. Today, Lea’s Foundation takes an active role in finding a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s lymphoma and myeloma and to better the lives of people living with these diseases. At the UCONN Health Center, the Lea’s Foundation Center for Hematologic Disorders sponsors research in this field. A new program covers the cost of bone-marrow testing to help recruit life-saving transplants for patients. Also, annual scholarships are given to children with leukemia who are planning to attend nursery school. For more information on other projects carried out by Lea’s Foundation, please visit their website at www.LeasFoundation.org.