Trip Log – Day 322 – Lucas KS to Hill City KS

to-hill-city-ksSeptember 22, 2016 – Sun, 95 degrees

Miles Today: 83

Miles to Date: 16,742

States to Date: 45

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There is a moment in the morning when the sun, flat across the top of the grass, rises a notch and floods the landscape with brilliant light.

rock-post-fence

This area is known as Post Rock. Early settlers mined limestone, broke it across the weak shear plane, then drilled a line of holes through the slab and broke it into fence posts. There are few trees here today, but there were none when the homesteaders arrived.

sunflowers

Before harvest the sunflowers are too heavy to trace the sun. They bow, seed-laden, to the east.

town-sign-with-athletics

Every Kansas town touts its athletic prowess. I have not seen comparable academic pride.

damar-church

Acadians settled Damar, KS and built St. Joseph’s Church, which towers above the prairie. The text of the prayer, ‘Hail Mary’ is on a series of small signs along the highway before you enter town.

western-hills-motel

Western Hills Motel in Hill City is one of the last, great roadside motels. To my reckoning, only three guys in pick-ups and one cyclist stayed here on this Thursday night. At $40 a room, the place may not be long for a world where chains rule. However, Las Canteras Mexican Grill down US 24 was packed, and for good reason. Best carnitas I’ve ever tasted.

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About paulefallon

Greetings reader. I am a writer, architect, cyclist and father from Cambridge, MA. My primary blog, theawkwardpose.com is an archive of all my published writing. The title refers to a sequence of three yoga positions that increase focus and build strength by shifting the body’s center of gravity. The objective is balance without stability. My writing addresses opposing tension in our world, and my attempt to find balance through understanding that opposition. During 2015-2106 I am cycling through all 48 mainland United States and asking the question "How will we live tomorrow?" That journey is chronicled in a dedicated blog, www.howwillwelivetomorrw.com, that includes personal writing related to my adventure as well as others' responses to my question. Thank you for visiting.
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