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Sep 19, 2017 - Day 21 AM - Abilene KS

So, after almost 11 years with this RV, we finally wake up one morning and say "where should we go today?" First time ever where we didn't have to be somewhere on some timeline. So we decide to head west along the Santa Fe Trail. We pick up state route 56 at Olathe outside Kansas City and head west. Beautiful rural countryside, good road conditions, just a great day cruising the back roads of Kansas. Only downside was the winds - steady 30 knots out of the south all day. And the rear camera monitor went blank. Very annoying. Decided to head...

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Midwest Aug-Sep 2017

Sep 13, 2017 - The Man From Abilene

Up at 7:15. Drove 20 miles west on I-70 to Abilene to the Dwight D Eisenhower Presidential Museum and Library arriving shortly after the 9 AM opening. Abilene is a small town by any standard but certainly larger than West Branch Iowa. The site sits just a mile or so off the interstate on the northern edge of town. It covers 5 or 6 acres including Eisenhower's boyhood home which sits on it's original site. In four corners sit a visitor's center, the library, the museum, and a chapel where the Eisenhowers are buried. Went to the museum first....

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Jul 30, 2016 - Abilene, KS.

We drove about 300 miles today. Tried to make Salinas, but no availability at the CG'S so we found one in Abilene. Turned out to be a nice one, flat and no trees. Turn out to be a good thing not having trees. Had a Midwest plains storm last night, that rocked the MH. Lots of rain and it looks like we may be driving in it today.

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May 4, 2016 - Abilene / Topeka KS

Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum. Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower, October 14, 1890 – March 28, 1969) was an American politician and general who served as the 34th President of the United States from 1953 until 1961. He was a five-star general in the United States Army during World War II and served as Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe. He was responsible for planning and supervising the invasion of North Africa in Operation Torch in 1942–43 and the successful invasion of France (D-Day) and Germany in 1944–45 from the...

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2016 Westward HO

Nov 7, 2015 - We like Ike

Abilene, KS Abilene is home to the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum, and Boyhood Home which pretty much took most of the day. Eisenhower’s boyhood home is a typical 19th-century Midwestern home meaning it is pretty small and a quick tour. There were 7 Eisenhower children but one of the boys died when 10 months old. The other 6 boys were all raised in this home. The President Library contains about 26 million pages of historical records and papers, 335,000 still photographs and 768,000 feet of original motion picture film. Since we...

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On the road again

Nov 6, 2015 - Hodge Podge

Abilene, KS Today's activities were a little of this and a little of that. Kinsley, KS, proudly proclaims that it is 1,561 miles from New York City AND 1,561 miles from San Francisco. We were also able to locate another free zoo along our route. It is the first time we have ever seen a Chocolate Chip starfish. We attempted to check out the Kansas Quilt Walk but that was a bust. Over 50 birdhouses, ranging in size from 3 to 5 feet tall perch proudly in front of businesses all over Great Bend, KS, in honor of the thousands of birds who are...

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On the road again

Sep 15, 2015 - Abilene, KS

Hello from Abilene, Kansas. We arrived here on the 13th after a brief two hour successful run from Wichita. Objectives here were to visit the U.S. Army Calvary Museum on Fort Riley, located nearby, visit the Eisenhower Museum and Presidential Library, and National Greyhound Museum. We have stayed very busy and got it all done. Linda even squeezed in some antique browsing. However, another day could have been used to better absorb it all. The Greyhound Museum was very difficult for us. When we entered we were greeted by the two residents,...

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May 4, 2015 - Abilene, Kansas - Eisenhower Presidential Library

Presidential Libraries in general, and Eisenhower’s in particular... We often find Presidential Museums and Libraries to be interesting places to expand our knowledge and perspective of this nation’s history, and since we were nearby, we planned to stop in Abilene, Kansas to tour the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Museum and Library. So far in our travels, we have been able to tour the presidential libraries of Harry S. Truman, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald R. Ford, and now Dwight D. Eisenhower. In comparison to the other...

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Sep 7, 2014 - Abilene, KS

We left Kinsely, Ks on Saturday, about 8:30 a.m. we took Hwy 50, 56, 15 to Hutchinson, KS on our way to Abilene. We found as we got closer to Hutchinson there were rolling hills and more trees still lots of farm land after leaving the prairie south of Kansas. If we had known we would have stayed in that area as the Kansas State fair was going on and there was a Amish village in Yoda. We stopped there to tour the Strataca Kansas Underground Salt Mine. We headed down 650 feet below! Took 2.5 minutes to reach the tunnels. Really you really...

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May 1, 2013 - Larned to Abilene

The wind was certainly out there last night! Went into the Roadway Inn to use the bathroom and take advantage of a free breakfast. Has already started to rain which we had expected and were prepared. Arrived at the Ward Feedlot ( part of innovative Livestock Services) and were greeted by Chris Burris, a very affable guy passionate about his work. Chris is a native of Larned, graduated from Kansas State and went to work at Ward after graduation. ( has been there for 20 years) He manages two lots that are made up of 50,000 cattle at any one...

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Jul 18, 2012 - Abilene, Kansas

We drove about 170 miles today and are almost halfway across Kansas. The first part of the drive was through downtown Kansas City. We left about 8:30 a.m. T he traffic wasn’t bad at all. After going over the Kansas River and into the state of Kansas, it became hilly. Mid-morning we stopped at a rest stop for a special treat. We couldn’t believe our eyes. Dunkin Donuts. “Two hazelnut iced coffees please!” So refreshing. About 1 p.m. we rolled into our campground which is right near the Eisenhower Library. We spent an enjoyable afternoon...

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RV Trip Summer 2012

Sep 4, 2011 - Covered Wagon

We saw the steam excursion train come into the Rock Island RR depot at Cowtown where we witnessed a shoot out in the street and got ice cream at the Pearl Saloon. We went the to museum of telephony to see old switchboards and saw old stone buildings such as the Tiutjens Center that was the 1882 First Presbyterian Church. We visited the national Greyhound (dog) hall of fame, Went to Ft. Riley Kansas with many old buildings including Custer House built in 1855, the US Cavalry Museum. Went to the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum,...

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