Oct 3, 2009
|Saturday, October 3 – Henderson, Nebraska to Goodland, Kansas
Today the skies were clear, the weather warmer but the endless fields of corn, sorghum and hay were still with us. By the third consecutive day of sitting in the passenger seat I usually have a moderate case of truck cabin fever and this trip is no different and sometimes my mind wanders. I saw a sign for Casey’s General Store. I thought how wonderful it would be if there was a General Store that stocked actual military generals (retired, of course). Military personnel are trained in analysis and decision making and so when your business has problems don’t delay – order a general right away! He’ll solve all problems and then return him to the General Store.
An offshoot could be the Specific General Store where famous historic generals are available (trained in the specific tactics and historical time frames of famous generals, emperors, and other prominent military leaders). If your company is plagued with lazy and unmotivated employees then order the model General George S. Patton Jr and be amazed at his ability to quickly train your employees to the highest standards. Generals are especially effective for hostile takeovers. Well, back to reality…
Just outside Sheldon, Nebraska was a sign stating that the road was built with 80,000 recycled tires. A farmer driving his combine near the road waved to us (I waved back) which was nice! We ate lunch at a Subway in Oberlin, Kansas, a town so small that I felt conspicuous. The majority of small towns we passed through weren’t faring very well, in many the most viable business was the liquor store.
Today’s (live) wildlife sightings: 2 pheasants and a bunny.
We arrived at our KOA in Goodland, Kansas and since we didn’t want to unhook, we checked in at the office and then drove into ‘town’ to wash the truck and trailer (not my idea) and go to Wal-Mart (my idea). We went to a self service car/truck wash and it cost $14 (thank goodness credit cards were accepted as we didn’t have 56 quarters). When we returned to the KOA a Titanium was parked next right next to us, a very rare occurrence to have two Titanium’s in the same park at the same time.
I visited the KOA’s store while waiting for our laundry to finish and I found (and bought) a t-shirt that says:
I was driving across Kansas and saw some wheat
I drove a little further and I was excited to see a cow
I then got to see more wheat
After many miles of breathtaking cows
I got to see a wondrous bunch of telephone poles
Later that day I came around this one corner and got to see more cows
And they were standing in more wheat
And they were surrounded by more telephone poles…
Next time I’m flying
Early evening Scott and I took a walk into Goodland to take a closer look at the town’s 80 foot easel holding a Van Gogh painting measuring 24 by 34 feet. It was amazingly large and one of 7 (one in each continent). I signed the visitor’s book and there was a brick sidewalk under the easel which ended in an arrow which pointed to a Pizza Hut so that’s where we went for dinner.