The route from Walsh to Ulysses, Kansas is the flattest of the race, according to RAAM organizers. Len and the crew entered Kansas at about 3,600 feet above sea level. Over the course of the next 400 miles, they will gradually descend to about 800. Len dedicates this first stop in Kansas at TS23 to 16 year-old Chuy from Buda, Texas. Parent Ashley writes:
"Jesus is 16 years old and he likes to be called Chuy. He was diagnosed on December 29, 2016 with metastatic Ewing's sarcoma of the sacrum. He started chemo Jan 4, 2017 at Dell Children's Hospital in Austin, Texas. This was an unexpected journey but we are fortunate to have met such wonderful people along the way. He has completed 8 complete cycles of chemo and actually today he has finished 31 treatments of photon therapy radiation!
Hopecam has definitely been a lifesaver for communicating with friends, family and teachers. It has brightened up his days on the gloomiest. We really are grateful for Hopecam! It is a LIFESAVER! We are currently being admitted for a 5 day chemo and Hopecam is in his pocket lol."
Ulysses is the County seat of Grant County. Both the town and county are named after former Union Lieutenant General and President of the United States Ulysses S. Grant. The town currently has a population of approximately 6,400 residents. The town was originally settled in 1885. However, long before settlers came to the area, famous mountain man and explorer Jedediah Smith was killed by Comanche Indians near the location of Ulysses in 1831. Today, many residents enjoy the recreation and camping at Bentwood and Frazier Lakes.