Yes Dorothy, we are in Kansas
Apr 9, 2019
|We developed problems with our GPS, over the past few days so we decided we were going to call up tech support when we got up. Well the call turned into a 5 1/2 hour waiting game that didn't, in the end, fix the GPS. By this point it was too late to move on so we decided to stay the second day at the horse hotel and Mike worked to fix the GPS on his own. The Good news was that by 3pm Mike had the GPS working again and he began to reload all our data back into it... and by 3:30 Mike loading the last data file, the one for all the Walmart's in the world... he had suddenly lost control of the GPS and now it just restarts over ... and over... and over... and over...
Good news, we have an extended warranty on the GPS, but to trade it in, we needed to find a Camping World store. Our next chance encounter with one will be in Omaha days down the road. So until then, we are going old school, with maps and the internet.
While Mike worked on the GPS and used up our months worth of internet in a single day, Michelle worked on getting our income taxes ready to send in to the accountant. Even though the Horse Hotel (RV park) was pretty barren, it did have pretty sunrises and sunsets. With the extra time by staying an additional day, Mike got the Satellite dish working so we could watch Canada win silver in the Curling World Championship.
In the evening we got a chance to watch a family doing some training on roping of live cattle and we feed some other horse that were staying the night. Not a bad stop for two nights.
Today started cool and the terrain was flat. We got an earlyish start since we had a bunch of miles to cover and we had a few sights we wanted to stop at along the way. We hit the Oklahoma border at 8:45 and then crossed over into Kansas an hour later.
Over the past days we had constantly passed feedlots, fenced in corrals of 100's and 1000's of beef cattle along the highway. Later we found out, while we were calling them stockyards, that they were actually feedlots... a place to add meat on the cattle before being slaughtered and packaged... down the road we came up on 3 big meat processing plants in Liberal Kansas.
We stopped in Liberal, Kansas for a quick 'one hour' visit at the Mid America Air Museum, the 5th largest aircraft museum in the USA. And then a few blocks away we found Dorothy's house... Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. And then next door to Dorothy's house was a place called the Coronado Museum, which for the most part had lots of local history from the frontier days and the inception of the town of Liberal. In this museum were artifacts from Coronado and his band of 36 soldiers who were the first Europeans to visit what is now Southwest Kansas. They traveled through in 1541, looking for the fabled "Seven Cities of Gold," leaving behind them a legend and a few small items, on display in this local museum that bears Coronado's name.
Driving further along we passed by the town of Mead which is where the Dalton Gang hideout supposedly still exists. We figured it was something we didn't need to stop for.
For all the days and miles we've been on the road, we came across our first roadkill of the trip... right when we had been just talking about not seeing any roadkill.
After a not too difficult drive along the back roads of Kansas we pulled into Dodge City. We parked for the night at the KOA which was downtown. Since it was too windy to put up the sat dish, we went for a walk to see the Boothill Museum. All of which was recreations of the pre-1920's. Mike was a little thrown by this, thinking that Dodge was everything wild west. But the town has been moving on and had little in the way of the old days left until they rebuilt some buildings of the old era.
Since the wind was not going to let up, we decided to skip golf in Dodge City and head on down the road. The weather is taking a decidedly downturn in the north west of the state and even Dodge will be feeling some of it (temps dropping below freezing tomorrow night, possible rain and snow and still the wind), so we've (aka Mike) has decided east is the way to go. We'll see what happens in the morning...