From the little white house to the big White House (5 June)
On our rest day in Abilene, Emil and I spent the day cycling around the town and visiting the sites. Abilene's most famous son is Dwight David Eisenhower, who was president of the United States from 1953 to 1961. Although I wasn't following politics at the age of 7, Eisenhower certainly influenced my formative years. He was responsible for keeping the Cold War "cold", although he was also very much against the hate campaigns of the McCarthy anti-communist era. He was instrumental in making civil rights a reality, allowing the first African Americans to attend a "white" school, and ensuring that act by ordering U.S. Army troops to enforce the integration. He initiated the construction of the Interstate Highway System (on which the Cross Roads riders have been gathering experience and flat tires!)
While searching for a place to have coffee we stumbled on Historic Abilene complete with a little wild west ghost town which is livened up on weekends with gunfights and other theatrical performances
Finally, we paid a visit to the Greyhound Museum. It seems that greyhound racing in the States had its origin here and there are still numerous breeders active in the Abilene area. Here I am saying hello to Ginger.
Ginger, a successful racing greyhound, now a pet.