Posted by: bikedave | July 28, 2010

July 28, Eads, CO to Tribune, KS

I left first again early this morning.  The wind was blowing from the north when I started out, a direct crosswind.
About 5 miles east of Eads there was an oil well being drilled.

Oil rig, east of Eads, CO

I had seen a few finished wells earlier in the trip, and today I’m seeing a few more in this area.

Oil wells near Eads, CO

Near Chivington there was a gentle downhill where I was able to maintain a quick pace.  I believe the town of Chivington (don’t blink) was named for Colonel John J. Chivington, who was responsible for the Sand Creek Massacre in 1864.  The site of the massacre is north of the town.
Crossing Big Sandy Creek, (dry), I began an uphill section that would extend about 14 miles.  It was a gentle uphill, but soon the wind shifted to a headwind and slowed me a little more.
I stopped in Sheridan Lake and bought a few Arizona Iced Teas. One for now, and two for later.

Sheridan Lake, CO

The town is named for the lake just south of town.  It looks like it would be a nice little lake if there was any water in it.

Sheridan Lake – Just add water!

Vicki passed me about 3 miles past Sheridan Lake.  She pulled over and we visited for a few minutes before she continued on to Tribune, KS.
When I continued, the road began a gentle downhill that would extend to Tribune. Unfortunately the headwind continued to strengthen and the temperature continued to rise, so I was not able to go very fast.
I stopped briefly at the Kansas border.  And opened an Arizona Iced Tea.

To Kansas!

While stopped I noticed this small one room house and rode down a dirt road to get a better look.  It was made of stone or cement blocks and had concrete caps at the top of the walls.

One room, one door, and two windows

I rode the final 16 miles to Tribune, KS, stopping twice to rest in the shade of trees.

Looking east 12 miles west of Tribune, KS

Miles today: 58   Total miles: 2,079



  1. That top picture is a workover rig. The well bore has been drilled, cased, and cemented. The workover rig “top kills” the well while they perforate the casing and pump frac sand into the perforations. This procedure actually forces the desired formation to open up, the frac sand is actually manufactured glass beads, so they are perfectly round at different diameters. So when they pump the frac fluid back out of the well the fractured formation settles on the frac sand and leaves a perfect opening for the oil and gas to be extracted.

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