Day Two ~ Oklahoma to Canon City
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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.
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.
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.
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.