Ron & Elena's 2014 Travels travel blog

This is typical of dust clouds we drove through much of the...

Another view of the dusty air.

(Ron Writing) It was very windy all night and that continued all day today. This morning it was raining very hard so that along with the 30 to 40 mph winds made it unfit to be outdoors but we were snug and comfortable in Da Honu. We slept late to make up for a couple long days of driving and then had a leisurely breakfast and watched a DVD of a church service from our home church in CA. After lunch the rain let up a little and it looked like we’d have a strong tail wind again so we continued our journey east on US 50 from La Junta, CO. Starting yesterday at Santa Fe, NM the routes we’ve been taking have followed the old Santa Fe Trail and the Santa Fe Railroad line. That continued most of today as we drove on Hwy 50. Hwy 50 also parallels the Arkansas River but we could seldom see the river itself. This part of the state is too arid for much farming unless the land is irrigated. The Arkansas River supplies irrigation water for farmland all along the river and along our route today. We had a lot of heavy rain during the first part of our drive today through southeast Colorado but soon after we crossed into KS we lost another hour, there was no more rain, but the air was full of large clouds of blowing dust. We drove through dust for at least 50 to 75 miles until we pulled off to spend the night in Garden City, KS.

When we arrived in Garden City I stopped by Home Depot to get something. I asked the lady helping me if they had a lot of dusty weather like this. She said it was especially bad right now with the high winds but it’s been getting worse every year because of the extended drought in this part of the country. Some people fear we are in for another 1930’s style “dust bowl”.

Today’s drive: 162 miles

Fuel cost: $3.559 in La Junta, CO; $3.389 @ Sams in Garden City, CO

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