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May 9, 2019 - Flood

After a rainy night, we left Clayton. Unknown to us, I had left a bottle of water upright on the counter. 200 miles later I found that it had fallen over, striking the hot water sink faucet in kitchen area, allowing ALL of our tanked water stores to empty into the sink and over splashing the counter. There was much wetness because I had left the water pump switch in an on position. It works on demand and the struck faucet issued that command. The grey water tank overfilled (was not empty as we had not dumped when leaving Clayton) and...

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Apr 9, 2019 - Yes Dorothy, we are in Kansas

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...

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Winter In Phoenix

Jul 7, 2018 - Dodge City, KS.

Another long day driving. We got to witness another 5th wheel accident in Saline KS. That makes 3 on this trip. We were at a gas station when at least a 40 foot 5th wheel pulled in and cut for the pumps and tried to take out a station sign. The sign won! We have been in Dodge City before with Ava's brothers, so we made an effort to return for her. We are in a RV park outside of town called Gunsmoke. It is much nicer than the one we stayed in here before. It was in town and full of Windmill generator installers. Went into town for the town...

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Apr 19, 2018 - Thursday Dodge City KS

We will spend the day here to rest after the long drive yesterday and take in the tourist stuff. The campground was great but we did not realize that Dodge City tourist attractions do not open until May 30th each year, so there wasn’t much to see. You could tell it was a cow town, National Beef Dodge City employs approximately 2,900 employees and is one of the highest volume beef processing facilities in the country. The aroma drifts thru the entire area because they have huge cow pens waiting to become hamburger. Maybe someday we will...

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2018 Winter

Apr 18, 2018 - Wednesday Dodge City KS

We decided to travel along US 50 from Pueblo CO to St Louis MO. It gets tiring to travel the E-ways all the time so we do the back roads. As we leave the Rocky Mountains of Colorado Springs. The landscape starts to change from mountains to flat lands. As we traveled south on I-25 to US 50 that will lead us east the area is experiencing wildfires along the way. The area has been very dry and the winds are blowing 20 to 30 miles per hour. As you travel along the side roads you past thru small towns with big histories. Rocky Ford is one of...

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2018 Winter

Aug 29, 2017 - A Travel Day - Dodge City, KS

/// Gunsmoke RVPark Dodge City, KS Tuesday - August 29, 2017 A Travel Day: With a haul of just over 300 miles today, we packed up and hitched up the FORD F-350 SUPER DUTY the night before. We departed the Doniphan KOA just after 7:00 A.M. Our route today would take us west on I-80 to just west of Kearny, NE. We have been doing our best to avoid traveling on Interstate Highways this summer, however I found I-80 to be in exceptionally good condition and traveled further west than originally planned. At the Jct of US 283 we turned south and...

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Oct 3, 2016 - Dodge City, KS - Gunsmoke RV Park

Our trip from Oakley to Dodge City, KS was another 139 miles of Kansas farm land. It did seem there was more sorghum than corn on this trip. There really wasn't much else to see on the trip - just lots of farmland and cows. We are staying at the Gunsmoke RV Park which has a large section in the back with long, 50 amp, full hookup pull-throughs that are wider than usual and easy to get into and out of. The sites used to be side-by-side hookups with your neighbor sharing the utility area but now they have closed all of those opposing sites,...

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May 22, 2016 - Dodge City Diverson

Our route toward home took us too close to Dodge City, Kansas not to make a stop! This iconic western town of TV show GUNSMOKE fame is an actual town and County Seat. In its beginnings it was known as a wild, lawless frontier town of the Old West. Cowboys drove thousands of longhorn cattle over 1000 miles from Texas to the railhead in Dodge City. Dodge City had more famous (and infamous) gunfighters working at one time or another than any other town in the West. It also boasted the usual array of saloons, gambling halls, and brothels,...

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May 5, 2016 - Branson, Missouri to Dodge City Kansas

Thursday, May 5 We were up and ready to leave Branson, Missouri early this morning, until we couldn't get the tv antenna to go down. Apparently, I put it up too high and that can cause a problem. Luckily, I called Branson Motorcoach Specialists and they agreed to work it in. the owner was so nice. He fixed it and would not accept any money for it. You don't run into that much. We stopped to get coffee at a nearby convenience store, and it was free! What a great start to the day! we got gas for 1.89 and then saw it for 1.85. That is still...

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Apr 15, 2016 - Patrolling Dodge City with Marshall Meade

Thursday We were up early and ready to tour Mid-America Air Museum right after they opened. The Museum houses over 100 aircraft (with more outside) and is said to be the 5th largest aircraft museum in the country. The site is historical as well. This was an Army Air Corps base in WWII where 4,500 B-24 Liberator pilots were trained. Unfortunately they don’t have a Liberator but they do have a nice B-25 Mitchell. LOTS of military fighters, Cessna and Beech aircraft and experimental aircraft as well. The building was built by Beech to assemble...

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Apr 15, 2016 - Lamar to Dodge City

Before leaving Lamar, I stopped by the Madonna of the Trail statue. Erected in 1928, this is the fifth in a series of 12 monuments honoring the spirit of pioneer women. The monuments are placed along what used to be the National Old Trail Highway ( now U.S. Hwy 40 and 66). I traveled 45 minutes east to Granada, CO in order to visit the Amache Japanese American Relocation Center ( nice term for internment camp). Unlike the last camp I visited, no structures remain. The road system is completely intact however, so I rode around, read all the...

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Nov 5, 2015 - The Old West

Dodge City, KS Founded in 1872, Dodge City was infamous for lawlessness and gun-slinging. There was no local law enforcement and the military had no jurisdiction over the town. Buffalo hunters, railroad workers, drifters and soldiers scrapped and fought, leading to the shootings where men died with their boots on. And that created a hasty need for a local burial place - Boot Hill Cemetery. For 6 years before Boot Hill, Dodge City had no official cemetery. Persons dying who were penniless or unknown were buried where it was convenient to dig...

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