Day 20, 215 miles
"Think of yourself as on the threshold of unparalleled success. A whole, clear, glorious life lies before you. Achieve!"
We entered the metal building and I held back a laugh as the man greeted us: "Welcome to the Barbed Wire Museum."This would be a joke. Barbed wire? Once agin, we were pleasantly surprised. The museum displayed over two thousand types of barbed wire, wire stretchers, post hole diggers, and stakes. Still not impressd? They explained how barbed wire changed America. The automobile, electricity, barbed wire. Really? Yes.
When America was wide open, cowboys herded cattle from Santa Fe to Independence- hundreds of thousands of them. The huge droves would eat and trample anything in their way, including farmland. Four innovative men patented diffferent types of barbed wire, and Joe Glidden really sold the stuff. So barbed wire initialy was designed to keep livestock out. Then someone realized it could keep them in, and the rest is history. Now instead of cattle drives, ranches could move stock from one pasture to another. No more need for the traditional cowboys. They faded into the sunset with ice men, buggy whip manufacturers and vinyl record makers.That's a real crow's nest, built with barbed wire. Apparently the bird couldn't find twigs and branches.
Next, people used barbed wire to keep people in, so the collection included wire from concentration camps. And there were wires from China, Austria, Japan, and other places, all over the world.
How about that? LaCrosse Kansas really is the barb wire capital of the world.
Back on the bike, we headed North for The Big One!
We turned into an historical marker place, and... no, not again!Yep. Loose gravel. The front tire dug in, and down she went. Super low speed, and no injuries, except Quilter Girl will get a bruise on her...self. Picked up the bike, but struggled to pick up my confidence. QG got pretty discouraged too, especially since it blew all day again, day three, and the worst one.
We continued on to our quest.
And now, ladies and gentlemen, (drumroll please...) We arrived in Cawker City Kansas, after years of anticipation, to witness, to experience...
Yes indeed! The World's Largest Ball of Twine!
My life is complete. I have seen and touched (and hugged) the World's Largest Ball of Twine. And not just twine, but Sisal Twine. Jealous, aren't you?
However, QG wasn't impressed, as we rode through the shrieking winds all day long, and then the tip- over and she was done.
She had a little cry and I felt like an idiot and we took off and stopped in a Super 8 motel in Beloit, KS, well short of our goal of Topeka.
We'll get there tomorrow.