Written by: Stephany Escalante Galindo
Today we biked 83 miles from Dodge City, Kansas to Great Bend, Kansas. I volunteered to sweep today with our trip leader, Joel. It’s always fun to chat and ride with him because he’s goofy. We passed miles and miles of windmills along the way. Kansas is harvesting wheat and energy. When we arrived to the church I noticed I had 3 packages waiting for me. Two were borrowed wheel sets since my rims can’t be trued anymore. The other was an Amazon box that had a new bike bag for me, and a bottle cage. I took the time we had after showers and before dinner to finish putting the stickers I was missing on my bike. Julio sent me a sticker of us and I was happy with his selection. For dinner we had steak, green beans, mashed potatoes, and biscuits. Two church members cooked it all, just for us. The food was delicious! They didn’t let us help clean after dinner. The pastor also donated snacks, humus, bread, apples, and all kinds of nutritious items which meant we didn’t need to go to the grocery store to restock. We receive blessing after blessing. After dinner I helped Karl prepare hard-boiled eggs the way his wife does at home: steamed for 13 minutes and then thrown into an ice bath. Karl does so much for our group. He’s constantly providing for others and quietly doing this so others can ride and rest comfortably. We noticed we had a few bananas that were browning faster than we could eat them, so our interns thought of a clever way of using them for rest stops. We made oatmeal, banana, and peanut butter cookies. The only issue we encountered was the size of the cooking sheet we found was too big! We found the smaller sized trays and baked them. I set up my bed right next to my bike. All my items are set and ready to go tomorrow. On July 4th we will get to our midway point which is half way across the country.