Cesar Saquic, left, poses with John, a cyclist from Australia who has been bicycling across the world for the past four years. Saquic met him while on his Cycle Across Kansas, which took him from the Nebraska border all the way back home to Liberal by taking Highway 83 south. The trip lasted three days, and he made the trip with only $25 for food. L&T photo/Victoria Calderon
By VICTORIA CALDERON
• Leader & Times
Recent Liberal High School graduate Cesar Saquic embarked on a big adventure: bicycling across Kansas. On Aug. 3, he departed from the border between Nebraska and Kansas, near Oberlin, and he bicycled away until he reached the Kansas-Oklahoma border and completed his trip on Monday. He took Highway 83 south, due to its wide shoulders and light traffic.
The reason why Saquic completed this odious task is because he believes “God wants me cycling across Kansas,” he said. “I always wanted to do something adventurous and the idea of cycling came into my mind.”
Although he is not involved with any particular organization, cycling across Kansas is a seasonal event that individuals can take part in. The Kansas Department of Transportation provides cyclists with the best and safest routes available to them. He met other cyclists on the road, one being a world cyclist named John, who has been cycling the world for four and a half years.
Saquic began the trip with a mere $25 for food and other provisions. As far as sleep, he camped out a couple nights and stayed with a friend when he got to Scott City.
There were some concerns about the safety of the trip, however. Saquic said, “The only things I’m concerned about are the things out of my control. I’m not in control of the steering wheels for drivers, but I am in control of my bike handle.
“The speed of the wind is constantly changing. Rain and thunderstorms, I’m not concerned about, but tornadoes and hail, I’m concerned about,” he said in regards to the constant-changing Kansas weather.
Despite his worries, Saquic got the best out of this experience. “I want to experience God during my adventure,” he stated. “It might sound crazy, but I just want to strengthen my faith.”