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My Last Photography Exhibition

I'm having my last photography exhibition at the Gryphon Café in Wayne, PA ( map ). It'll run from September 4 (Sunday) through October 1 (Saturday). Exhibition Postcard This exhibition is dedicated to my late Grandmother, who was also an artist. I will display one of her Chinese watercolor paintings in the café as a tribute to her. All photographs are for sale, from $0 to $1,000,000. Most photos range from $200 to $500. For more information about the $1,000,000 photograph, see here . The public opening reception is September 10 (Saturday) from 3 to 5 PM at the café. I will also be at the café from September 4 through September 16 in the morning from 8 AM to 12 noon for any questions or just to talk. For more info, see photos.hiattzhao.com . Hope to see you there!

Day 49: Nickerson to Larned

Yesterday in Nickerson, as I was working on my bicycling website at the library a lady invited me to the community center for dinner at 6 PM. I said sure!

The librarian had a family emergency so she closed the library at 5 PM. I bought a bag of potato chips at the local grocery store to snack on before the dinner. While sitting on the bench, I saw a mom and her three children walked by. They were going to the dinner at the community center, too. So I joined them.

There were about 20 people at the community center. The mom's name is Sherri. I mainly talked with her. At 6 PM, dinner was served. It was a potluck. I had some enchiladas, a variety of salads, and some deviled eggs. The food was really good!


(Community members at the potluck, with Sherri on the right)

Soon after the potluck, rain started to pour. I hurriedly rode my bike back to the pavilion. After setting up my tent, I noticed the rain had stopped. Then around 8:30 PM, it started to pour again. This time, much more. I moved my tent closer to the center of the pavilion since water was coming in. Luckily, it stopped short of my tent. I went to bed soon after the rain had stopped.


(Rain creeping in on my tent)

This morning, I had a sausage, egg, and cheese bagel, along with a cup of coffee, at the convenience store in Nickerson. Then I started riding out west. I hit 2000 miles on the odometer but the actual total distance is about 2050 miles. The bike computer malfunctioned a few times.


(Camel spotting in Kansas)


(Hit 2000 miles on the odometer)

I rode about 30 miles until I came upon a church on the side of the road. It was about 11 AM and I haven't seen a restaurant, a cafe, or a convenience store. There was a faucet on the front yard of the church so I got some water and made two bags of ramen noodles on my stove. It was only the second time I used the stove. I also ate some trail mix I had bought in Chanute. It wasn't the best meal, but at least I have more energy now to ride another 28 miles to Larned.


(Ramen for lunch)


Entering Larned, I saw large white cylinders as tall as some large apartment buildings. I've seen them before in Buhler and Nickerson. Later at the library, I found out they are for storing grain.


(More oil rigs)


(Pro-life/anti-choice signs spotted)


(Entering Larned)



The first thing I did in Larned was to report to the police station. My map had indicated a park where I can camp but I needed to talk to the police first. The police lady gave me a form to fill out and gave me a map for the location of the park.

I rode several more blocks north and stopped by Wendy's for a vanilla frosty before coming back in town to the library to write this blog post. I plan on getting some dinner soon then camp at the park. Today is the first time I felt some significant headwind. My phone showed a 7 to 8 mph wind from the west the whole day. 

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