Saturday, June 19, 2010
Dust in the Wind
Though I have never, until yesterday, set foot within your boundaries, I have admired you from afar. Specifically, I like the way you sit regally in the center of our nation, never calling undue attention to yourself. You are the keystone to the central plains, and the crucial bridge between the epic mountains of Colorado and the calm, Midwestern states that I love: Missouri, Illinois, Indiana. You fill our bellies with your wheat, your corn, your beef. Though many deride you as a "fly-over" state, I have been quick to defend you and your importance to our great nation. I've rooted for your teams, and never once did I deride Bill Self for leaving my beloved Illini to coach the Jayhawks. In short, Kansas, I have been one of your biggest supporters.
So I have a question for you: Why are you being such a dick to me?
I so looked forward to biking through your majestic land. But really--30 mile-per-hour crosswinds and headwinds? Instead of enjoying your tailwinds pushing me gently through your plains, I've been fighting to stay upright.
And was it my imagination, or did you blow just a bit harder when cars would come roaring up behind me?
I'm willing to let the tailwinds slide, but do you have to work against me? How about a little still weather?
There were moments in today's ride when you called off the wind, but then when I would shift into a higher gear, you would kick it up again.
You're making it very hard not to take this personally.
I mean, was it really necessary to blow harder as I got closer to my destination for tonight, Dodge City? And what was with that dust storm you sent my way with only five miles to go?
I'm not even going to discuss the heat.
Look, Kansas, I'm planning to be here for the next four or five days, and I know that you hold all the cards. But what say you cut me a little slack and ease up a might?
In return, I'll tell all my biking friends that you're great fun to tour through--superior tailwinds, etc., etc. Then, you can stick it to them.
What say you?
Congratulations to Jenny Fererro of Carlsbad, California, for coming up with the correct answer to our "travel trivia" question. Jenny, you should be receiving your prizes in four to six weeks.