Friday June 13--Holton, KS
This was the last full day on BAK'97 and the riders all seemed in good
spirits and even enjoyed the small bumpty bumps as they came later in the
The Affectionate group left Wamego and were directed along a slightly route
because of concerns of heavy traffic along the original route. It seemed
that this replacement had excellent pavement and was even shorter by almost
one mile. They had a rest stop near a cemetery that had a lot of deaths
from cholera and some asked if that spot was planned since that route is
still suffering from the flue or some thing that makes people very sick
for about 6 to 8 hours.
The Bashful group left Manhattan and visited the Tuttle Creek Reservoir.
and then started the long and very bumpy section for the rest of the day.
The Kongenial group left Frankfort and was the only group this year to have
a real hill (Sign) it was short but very steep. Most seemed to have little
trouble navigating this small obstacle to their adventure.
All three groups are in the newly remolded high school here in Holton. On
our way into town we were greeted by many signs greeting us and telling
us what to do this evening. The chamber had an information booth set up
at the school where they passed out information, jobs available, and Extra
edition to the local newspaper and many other items of interest. Shuttle
buses will start at 2:30 and will shuttle people around town and to the
local casino. The court house square is set up with food booths and many
of the stores will stay open until our evening meeting which will be held
at 8:30 on the square.
The weather today started with temperatures around the low 60's this morning
and climbing to he low 80's this afternoon. Very little wind was apparent
at all. The sun came out late morning and seemed to brighten up an already
Greetings from BAK Two: Just getting into Holton and what a sight! The school
has three huge gymnasiums and two of them are full! Tents all over the grounds
outside. The school is beautiful and quite large. I'm sure all of BAK will
be accommodated. Big screen TV on and operating (with a large audience).
The massage therapists already have a waiting line, and the computer lab
will be open so that the people can send and receive their own e-mail.
Local eating establishments have food booths set up in the court house square,
and the shuttle has started taking people to various places in the city.
What a delightful time for BAK! Thank you, City of Holton!
Sherry McKee's Report
Hey everybody, if you weren't on BAK this week then you just missed out
on one of the best rides in the US.! I can't believe this week is almost
over...I haven't even had a chance to wear some of the clothes I packed...for
those just in case days. Next year, I will pack less....something I say
My two kids pedaled 35 miles through the hills around Soldier and Holton,
Kansas, today. I'm so proud....I even got on my old Centurion for 12 miles
with them today. Felt good.
BAK was really impressed by the hospitality of the towns we pedaled through
this year. Homemade pies galore, sloppy joes, scalloped potatoes, monstrous
pork chops....(more like ham steaks), and homemade ice cream. In Soldier,
Kansas, the honorable mayor, Ida, took it upon herself and rounded up the
Rottweiler-killer-dog named "Angus" to keep him from chasing down
the cyclists as they headed into town.
Everybody this year has been talking about how great the weather was...thanks
to Larry! Why is it he gets all the credit for the good weather?
We all made some new friends this year as well as renewed some old friendships,
and we hope that people have also picked up a bicycling tip or two and have
learned some important rules of the road.
To those of you who ride, we'll see you down the road....and to those of
you who don't, find yourself and bike and join us for a week of scenery,
eating, and camaraderie.
--Sherry McKee, Director
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