|Rider meeting at the start|
|Heading out of Kansas City|
|Stout's Corner in Linwood, KS|
|West of Linwood, KS|
|Making the turn south|
|Spencer Klaassen's fixed gear|
|Spencer and Dan|
|Dan crossing the Kansas River|
|Building south of Eudora|
|Dan on Old US 50|
|Sculpture in Emporia|
|Bushong speed limit|
|Heading into Council Grove, KS, on Hwy 56|
|Madonna of the Trail statue in Council Grove, KS|
|Heading out of Council Grove on Hwy 177|
|Sunset as we headed north|
|Dan in Junction City|
It was cooler as we headed back, particularly in the low lying areas. We stopped again at Council Grove. There was a lot less traffic on Hwy 177. I think we were only passed by about three vehicles. At the convenience store, the clerk told us we should try to spend the night there and pointed us towards the only two motels in town. Her main concern seemed to be that the bars were closing about the time we were leaving. Although, it was tempting, we pushed on. As it was we were only passed by a few vehicles as we head east out of town on the main road, Hwy 56.
We were back in Emporia at 04:30; almost the same length of time it took us to ride the 400k brevet two weeks earlier. We were satisfied with the time. We decided to eat and take a nap, which we did in the booth at the Harvey's until we were awakened after about an hour by the waitress vacuuming the floor. She apologized saying she had to get it done before her supervisor showed up shortly. With that and since no one had stolen our bikes while we slept, we got on them and headed east.
|Emporia control inbound|
|Dan near Lebo, KS|
|Sheep on Old US 50|
|Old building on Old US 50|
|Williamsburg, KS, park|
We were at the Linwood control at 18:16, and then we began the long haul east to the end. It always seems to take a lot longer on the return than outbound, particularly along Hwy 32 (Kaw Drive). We thought we had gone past the turn onto 78th Street, so Dan used his smart phone to locate us. We still had to go a few blocks east before we began the long climb up to the motel. We arrived at the motel at 20:25. It took longer than the other 600Ks I completed, but it was a longer ride (383 miles). It also seemed like a more relaxed ride. It helped that the temperatures were relatively cooler than the prior 600K brevets. I do not do as well in the heat. At the end, Dan said he had no interest in doing another 600K, but I also said that after every 600K. The memories of a sore butt and aching muscles fade and the road beckons when the brevet season starts again.
|Old US 50 looking east|
Down from the door where it began,
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow it if I can.
-J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings