5-26/2016: today was almost like a day off. I know to some of you a 40 mile ride is anything but an easy day but hey after over 1250 miles riding- it was, no bragging really. We road through a very uniquely named city– Hooker, OK. There were plenty of spins on that name and t- shirts to match every one! We got a look at some approaching “weather” but nothing on this day. Then our 5th state line– Kansas! The US Rt 54 is the official yellow brick. The Brits keep saying nothing is yellow, but people are making millions on the name, bloody hell that’d so American! Rode into Liberal Ks visited the Liberal Midwest Air Museum (5th largest in the country), and then wandered over to an Italian Restaurant calledRuffino’s that served fantastic food and the atmosphere was a slice of South Philly!! Perfect carbo loading lunch for our 82 mile ride to Dodge City tomorrow. How lucky so far have we been re: weather- 2 days ago there were 2 tornados within 10 mi. Of Liberal. I’m proposing we all give my wife Denise credit-let me explain. 40 years ago as I left for the 4 week trip driving to San Diego- with my parents, no less, my mother presented me with a St Anthony medal. The patron saint of travelers- it’s been in every car I’ ve owned since. Well as I’m leaving for LA and this adventure-Denise presents me with a medal and neck chair of the Madonna Del Ghisallo. I never heard of her. So, I Looked it up , and she was officially declared by Pope Pius XII to be the Patron Saint of cyclist. Her shrine is along the course of the Famous Giro de Italia and is dedicated to injured or deceased cyclist. It has a photo of Fabio Casartelli the renowned Italian cyclist,from that region,who was killed in the Tour de France many years ago . So far it’s been my lucky charm and I’m sticking with it.Tell me this farm and the sky don’t look like your idea of a Kansas landscape! The plane above is similar to the one that crashed and killed Buddy Holly, the Big Booper and Ritchie Valens and the pilot as they left Iowa in a rain storm in 1959. The museum was a previous Beechcraft manufacturing site that built the Beechcraft Bonanza that fell to earth that “Day the Music Died”.