Loaded up the bikes with all of the new gear we have aquired, left later than I wanted to, and headed for Pawnee Buttes in Pawnee National Grasslands. Hungry and cold we got there and I setup the tent while Danell cooked dinner (boiled water). It was a good thing that I practiced setting up the tent at home in the living room, because it would have been a failure out here in the dark. On a side note, watch out for the prickly pears. We ate and crawled into the sleeping bags to warm up. Woke up to sunshine and a cold breeze. Glad that we had hot oatmeal and coffee.
After packing (much easier the second time) we rode over to the trailhead for the buttes.
Danelle had forgotten her tennis shoes so we opted out of the 2 mile hike in riding boots. Besides we had a lot of riding to do. From there we headed north to the marker ar the borders of Wyoming, Nebraska, and Colorado.
I couldn't find a decent way to start heading west and we ended up on I-80. This was not what I wanted. the wind was blowing pretty good from the south and on the KLRs it was a challenge to ride highway speed. I got off at the first exit and we rode the frontage road untill I found a two lane heading south. At this point we decided that we had enough wind and headed back home. Overal we covered 273 miles, 100 on friday and 173 on saturday. The bikes got roughly 45mpg and we confirmed what worked and what we need to do before the next ride. Oh and despite the cooler temps and wind it was fun.