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Jim Hall Bike Across America Below are the 10 most recent journal entries recorded in the "unchall" journal:

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June 3rd, 2007
10:20 pm

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Great Bend, KS to McPherson, KS - 2007
Distance 64.47
Riding time 3.25
climbing 956 ft
Weather Warm, Sunny, Slight headwind

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A beautiful day was marred be two separate accidents. There were five of us in a pace line going 20-21 MPH. The five riders were Jim Sproull, Jim Olsson, Joanna Mirrington, John Keen, & myself. To make a long story short Joanna's wheel touched the wheel of the bike in front of her and she went down. After a couple of bounces and skids she ended up about a foot from the center line of the road. To our horror as we looked back, a tractor trailer truck was right on her. The truck was already in the process of moving over for us and had to go in the oncoming lane to miss her. Luckily there was no other traffic coming in the other lane. How Joanna ended up with only road rash and bruises (major bruise on hip for sure) I will never know. Joanna got back on her bike and finished the ride to McPherson.

The other accident involved 2 riders running into a stopped cyclist on the side of the road. Both riders, Tom Hoffman & Ray Siwinski, went over the handle bars. They both only ended up with road rash and bruises. Ray did go to the emergency room to check for broken ribs. This was a very memorable day for all the wrong reasons.

JOANNA & JIM AT THE SAG AFTER THE CRASH


DON & PEGGY FRITSCHEL FROM BOULDER, CO. PEGGY IS KNOWN AS THE "LITTLE ROCKET"

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June 2nd, 2007
10:47 pm

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Dodge City, KS to Great Bend, KS - 2007
Distance 86.74
Riding time 4:44
climbing 620 ft
Weather Warm, Sunny, Slight headwind

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A very delightful ride today. The only hiccup today was one flat by Jim Sproull. We bypassed Santa Fe Trail's Pawnee Rock because we saw it last year. The pictures below are from last year. I didn't take any pictures today. We just enjoyed the beautiful day and riding our bikes.

MIDWAY POINT


IN KANSAS WE RIDE FROM GRAIN ELEVATOR TO GRAIN ELEVATOR


SMALL CHAPEL AT ONE OUR OUR SAG STOPS


PAWNEE ROCK OVERLOOKING THE SANTA FE TRAIL


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June 1st, 2007
03:31 pm

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Liberal, KS to Dodge City, KS - 2007
Distance 84.62
Riding time 5:23
climbing 1444 ft
Weather cool rain hail thunder lightning headwinds

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We hit the trivecta today - cold wet headwinds. The two attractions today were the Dalton Gang Hideout and Boot Hill in Dodge City. The only attraction I wanted to see today was the hot shower at the hotel. As you can see in the pictures below we would see clear skys to our left or storm clouds to our right. We never rode under the clear skys. Either we followed the storm or the storm followed us all day. We had to stop twice because of the lightning.




Jim Sproull & Jeff at the hideout




One of two flats for Jeff

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May 31st, 2007
09:58 pm

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Guymon, Ok to Liberal, KS - 2007
Distance 40.7
Riding time 1:48
climbing 531 ft
Weather Cool & Tail Winds

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Great ride today. Today was the shortest ride of the tour. We were afraid that we may not be able to ride today because of severe weather. The storm held off until tonight. I can hear the hail on my window now and hear the thunder booming. I hope it passes through the area tonight. We had our 5th state line crossing today (Kansas). When we arrived at the motel in Liberal at 11:00 there were 2 vans in the parking lot getting ready to pull out. They were storm chasers just like in the movie "Twister". They had a bunch of antennas on the roof and the computer in the passenger seat to monitor the position of the storms and the conditions. That was much cooler than the Land of OZ Museum. Hopefully we will be able to ride tomorrow.

The 3 Jims and others crossing the 1000 mile mark earlier this week


Morning in Doubt


Before the Storm Tonight


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May 30th, 2007
08:36 pm

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Dalhart TX to Guymon, OK - 2007
Distance 73.64
riding time 5:26
climbing 491 ft
Weather Cool & strong headwinds

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Today was just about survival. With the strong headwinds everyone just wanted to get to the next hotel as soon as possible. We had our 4th state line crossing with Oklahoma. Don & Helen, Crossroads tour veterans from 2002, set up an excellent SAG (rest) stop at the state line. I had 3 brownies and a cookie. I could have eaten more but Jim Olsson was rushing me as usual. Don and Helen also set up a social time for all of us at the hotel. The are one of the nicest couples you will ever meet.

Windy Morning. This is what it looked like when I got up in the morning.


Oklahoma State Line


Jim Olsson taking a real rest


Riders enjoying the refreshments Don & Helen set up

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May 29th, 2007
04:03 pm

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Tucumcari to Dalhart, Tx - 2007
Distance 95.7 (My stats show a 2 miles less because I dropped the computer and had to reset it)
riding time 4:14
climbing 2247 ft
Temp Perfect

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Today was all about riding. We went 95.7 miles and averaged 22 MPH. Another personal best. We only stopped for 12 minutes during the ride. The only items of significance were crossing into Texas and seeing and smelling the huge cattle feed lots in Dalhart. I may have to add some pictures from last year because I only took one picture today and that is not worth putting in the journal.




Dalhart Feed Lots

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May 28th, 2007
07:00 pm

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Las Vegas to Tucumcari, NM - 2007
Distance 110.09
riding time 5:46
climbing 4154 ft
Temp Perfect

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I forgot to mention that yesterday was a great day because it was a 2 Dairy Queen day - once on the way to the hotel and once after dinner.

Today was all you could ask for on a riding day - blue sky, warm weather, no head winds. Supposedly the second worse day on the tour was fairly easy. We averaged over 19 MPH for 110 miles. Because of the speed and distance I didn't get to take many pictures.








"The Wall" was not as dificult this year because it was a lot cooler.

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May 27th, 2007
07:21 pm

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Santa Fe to Las Vegas, NM - 2007
Distance 75.06
riding time 5:18
climbing 4988 ft
Temp Perfect

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Most of the day was absolutely perfect. You could not ask for a more perfect riding day. I spent most of the day riding easy and enjoying the views. We rode through the highest point on the tour, Glorieta Pass, 7275' above sea level. Of course we had to dodge another thunder storm at the end of the ride.








This gentleman opened his store on Sunday just for us.


Thunderstorn on the way

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May 26th, 2007
06:00 pm

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Rest Day In Sante Fe - 2007
Tom Hoffman and I spent most of the day walking around Santa Fe. Below are some pictures.

Oldest Mission in North America


Tom Hoffman from Maryland in front of the oldest house in North America


View from the restaurant where we had lunch


View from our hotel

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May 25th, 2007
10:31 pm

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Albuquerque, NM to Sante Fe, NM - 2007
Distance 68.43
riding time 5.22
climbing 6007 ft
Temp Pleasant

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You have some good days and some bad days. Today was a bad day. If you get above 5000 ft elevation and have a lot of climbing, I do not do well. Today we started with a 20 mile climb out of Albuquergue and head winds. My only goal today was to ride every mile and not get in the SAG van. You can tell by my time that I wasn't burning up the road. This was my worst day last year also. Tomorrow is always a better day.

On the plus side we did see some beautiful countryside and had a very good lunch at the Mine Shaft Saloon. The buffalo burger was great. We just missed some rain and hail going into Sante Fe.

New Mexico Countryside





Tom Erceg riding into Madrid


The Mine Shaft Saloon


You can tell that this dog has begged for scraps before. She would stand at the door and look at you with thoses sad eyes.


Rain might be in our future

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