Day Five, WaKeeney Kansas
Change of plan for today and probably tomorrow. Once I passed from Colorado to Kansas and stopped at their Welcome Center, I saw the light, brothers and sisters! Yes, I was headed for Hays, a Walmart in Hays, with yet another empty promise of WiFi from a nearby motel. Looking at it in Google maps, it looked too congested for a rig like the Defiant. And I hadn’t overnighted at one of the many fine Colorado rest areas because that’s agin’ their law. But the Kansas Welcome Center hands out maps with rest areas pre-marked on them and invites you to stay. Most of the areas even include free dump stations, should you feel so moved, no pun intended.
So I’m about 25 miles short of Hays, moistly soaking in balmy 93-degree temperatures, and will likely wind up at another rest area short of Topeka, Kansas tomorrow. When possible, I prefer to drive for 3-1/2 to 4 hours each day (200+ miles), plus an hour or so for any refueling, pit stops, and lunch. See, I make a late start after a fortifying breakfast of eggs, bacon & ‘taters, then hit a restaurant for lunch, drive some more, and I’m usually back off the road by four o’clock local time. It’s a nice way to travel. My alternate route was a touch shorter but demanded longer daily drives to take just seven days instead of nine, but I decided against it. Why rush? – (if one can call that rushing).
Doug, I know you’re headed home, but where exactly is that?? I have been lurking and following you in your travels for some time now……I am currently in Illinois just off I-70 at exit 147….are you coming this way? Would love to hook up and buy you lunch!! Let me know…………
John, thanks for reading and commenting. I actually only have a mailing address for legal purposes, with my son in Illinois. I’ll be staying at a fairgrounds in Sandwich while I visit chilluns and take care of a hell of a lot of bidness over the next two months. Unfortunately, I’ll soon be cutting north on I-35 to get to I-80, so I won’t see I-70 in Illinois!
OK Doug, no problem…..drive safe.