2017 Western Spring Fling travel blog

Chimney Rock and the windmill

Glowing seed heads

The sky turned orange at sunset

Sun rays

Eastern sky is lit up at sunset

Chimney rock is illuminated until about midnight

Late night look at Chimney Rock

Today's route

Views along Nebraska highways #1

Views along Nebraska highways #2

Views along Colorado highways

Cattle gather in shade where they can find it

Julesburg, CO

At a railroad museum in Julesburg

Honda on a motorhome

At nearly 100F this is kind of funny

Not sure what this wind vane represents. Push lawn mower?

Giant van Gogh "3 Sunflowers In A Vase"

Old house moved to Goodland

'40's - '50's era stake body Chevy truck

Had to do it in B&W for effect

Our route today took us through 3 states and one state twice. We started in Nebraska, entered Colorado, crossed the lower corner of Nebraska again, and we ended the day in Kansas. It was a hot one today. We started out with dash air blowing cool air and the generator running so we could use the roof air also. After about a half hour of driving the generator quit and the cool air from the dash AC wasn't so cool anymore. Temperatures got up around 100 along the road and both Sue and Ringo began to wilt. I was pretty uncomfortable too. We arrived in Goodland, KS at about 3PM and checked into the Woodland KOA. After getting set up, we hit the pool. It was refreshing. Ringo was feeling better also after spending some time in the AC. With the weather forecasting afternoon highs at or above 100 for the next 3 days we'll probably spending the day tomorrow at a local Cummins/Onan service center trying to get the generator fixed if they are able to take us into the shop. If not, the drive to our next stop is relatively short and we'll be hooked up by early afternoon. Kansas in July and Texas in June and July in 2015 is poor planning on my part, although Montana and northern Wyoming where we just left has been in this most recent heat wave also.

There's a giant van Gogh in Goodland that is part of the Big Easel Project. The Big Easel Project started in 1996 when Cameron Cross contributed a work of art to Altona, Manitoba, the community where he worked as an artist and teacher. Cross selected a public domain Vincent van Gogh sunflower paintings and created a 24 by 32 foot reproduction of the painting on an 80 foot steel easel. The structure and painting weigh 40,000 pounds. Cross expanded the project to reproduce up to seven of van Gogh's portraits of sunflowers that were originally painted in 1888 and 1889. So far, there are three paintings. The second was erected in Emerald, Australia in 1999, and the Goodland painting was completed on August 17, 2001. Although other locations have considered the Big Easel project, there have been no new giant van Gogh paintings since the construction of this painting in Goodland.

After dinner, it cooled off a little so I took a walk over to an old house next to the campground. It was sitting on blocks, like someone had moved it to that location. While I was taking pictures, a young guy stopped and started to tell me the story of the house. His father owns it and has a hobby of restoring old houses. This one was built in the early 20th Century. It was moved some 47 miles to its current location. The place has 14 bedrooms, and legend has it that it served as a brothel back in the day. An interesting story.

I'm including some images from last night that weren't ready for yesterday's post. Enjoy.

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