Day Two ~ Oklahoma to Canon City

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Riding in the rain with Randy and Janice leading the way.

We awoke to some spitting rain and heavy clouds.  Our spirits couldn't be dampened, however, and we ate a quick breakfast at our hotel before we hit the road.   Canon City, Colorado was 700 miles away and we had a long day ahead of us.  That would be nothing new; all of our road trips involved long days of hard riding.  But, oh, how we are rewarded.  With unbelievable memories and stories to tell and tell again for the rest of our lives.

Riding in rainsuits serves two purposes:  It knocks off the wind and it shields you from the rain.  We were comfortable and dry.    It wasn't soon until we left the gray clouds and rain far, far behind us.  The skies were clearing as we turned north onto Highway 270.

Standing still because of road work. Good time to check the map.
   Very little traffic made the ride easy, as well as the fact that the road was straight and flat.  We were enjoying our XM radio and the miles just clicked off, one by one, until we crossed over into the town of Liberal, Kansas.  Who named this little town, anyway?

In Liberal, we picked up Highway 83 North to Garden City.  We still had miles to go before we could stop for the night, so we pushed forward.  But not before we stopped for lunch.   It's always good to stop and rest.  Usually we combine fuel stops with our meals, that makes it just a little bit quicker.  Time is everything when we have so far to go.

Time to turn west.   The Colorado state line was about an hour away.   The temperature had really warmed up and we started shedding jackets.

Big, BIG windmills.
    We started to notice windmills in the distance.  At first, there were just a few but the further we rode, the more windmills.    They were lined up like soldiers standing at attention.  Blades turning ever so slowly in the breeze.   Some house or business in some town somewhere was receiving electricity from these wonderful engineering marvels.

We were intrigued by these white, three-bladed gadgets, so we stopped at the Lamar Visitor Center to learn more.  It gave us a good chance to stretch our legs and gain some knowledge at the same time.  Observing the windmills from the road is one thing.  Actually standing up next to one of the blades is another.  It really puts their massive size into perspective.

Riding west
  WOW!   The Visitor Center had one of the huge blades on display and we got a good up-close look. 

After a brief visit, we were riding again.   By this time it was late afternoon and we needed to make Canon City by dark.   We rode hard, but the sun kept sinking lower and lower and we soon realized that we would be riding after dark.  That's okay.  Sometimes night riding can be safer anyway because of our very bright headlights.  They can be seen from a long distance away. 

It was a beautiful evening.  A bright sunburst behind the dark clouds was guiding us toward our resting place.   A comfortable bed and a warm meal completed the day.  Dinner is one of our favorite times to share thoughts and feelings, reflecting on our time together.  Sometimes we laugh so hard we have tears in our eyes.  Always we are thankful to God for providing us with safe travel.    

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Riding in the rain with Randy and …
Riding in the rain with Randy and…
Standing still because of road wor…
Standing still because of road wo…
Big, BIG windmills.
Big, BIG windmills.
Riding west
Riding west
BIG propeller on display.
BIG propeller on display.
Sitting still because of road work
Sitting still because of road work
Standing beside a BIG windmill bla…
Standing beside a BIG windmill bl…