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Special Update:7:00 AM CDT, Hiawatha, KS

Photos from June 14 are here!
BAK riders are now waking up and preparing for their last twenty miles to White Cloud. There are a few substantial hills between here and there, so it won't be all coasting! This morning, riders will get the chance to dip their wheels in the Missouri River and complete their journey across Kansas. Our celebration dinner will start at 11:30 AM at the VFW Hall. After that, riders will pack up, share stories from the week and say their goodbyes before everyone goes their separate ways.

Last evening was great fun, with a special BAK meeting on the steps of the county courthouse. BAK Directors and Route Directors said their goodbyes and musical entertainment was provided by many talented BAK participants. Afterwards, Lickety Split, a local band, provided the music for the street dance, which lasted until about midnight. A fun time was had by all!

Yesterday, our last full day of Biking Across Kansas 1996, was somewhat challenging, with hot temperatures, high humidity and hills. Kansas was anything but flat today as riders went up and down one hill after another.

The Bedazzled route had a straight 60 mile ride on US 36 from Marysville to Hiawatha. People in all the towns along the way were friendly and apparently happy to see us ride through. The town of Fairview put out signs welcoming us and luring riders to the Cozy Cafe, where delicious pies and other treats awaited. Fairview was also the site of the traditional BAK M&M stop, where many of our friendly route directors distributed M&M candies.

The Adorable riders started out in Blue Rapids and continued through Centralia and turning north to join the Bedazzled route on US 36, passing through most of the same friendly towns.

Karefree riders began in Frankfort and had a few more turns today than the other two routes as they wound through Horton and came into Hiawatha from the south.

The city of Hiawatha has done a super job of welcoming us to town, with Burma Shave style signs placed twenty miles out, telling us about local businesses and special BAK deals.

Remember, we can't accept any more e-mail messages to riders, but we still welcome your comments. A wrap-up report will be posted within the next couple of days. Thanks for watching our site!

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