We started the day in Nickerson, KS. There was a waterpark in the city park that served as our (cold) shower on the evening of the 24th. The bathrooms were unspeakably disgusting. We shall not mention them further. We did, however, get a satisfying and cheap little breakfast at a nearby town, and pushed on to Newton.
In an earlier post, I put up a picture of my Continental TourRide tire, that had lost all its tread and was beginning to show some of its liner. This, I think, was mainly due to the poorly chosen weight distribution between my rear and front tires. When I saw the potential for danger, I shuffled the weight forward, strapping a packed duffel bag to my front rack without any grace or style whatsoever. The new system worked and works very well, but the damage to my tire had been done. At the time, I was 300 miles from Newton.
We stayed the night in Cassoday, KS. The description in the maps is: "The camping in Cassoday is primitive". Too true. Too true. We got up early and got the hell out of there.