As we passed through the central plains of Kansas yesterday we noticed field after field of rusty plumes about three feet high, standing on what appeared to be a corn shock. A chatty waitress in Hays told us that it's called "milo" which the farmers grind up into feed. It's a really good feed she said, and this year they have a bumper crop. She also told us that water had to be piped in to Hays because there's so much pollution from the gas/oil in the fields. (That's why we saw so many oil pumpers everywhere~who knew that Kansas was a source for fossil fuel?) making taxes high if you live in the towns, rather than in the country, she said.
We saw "See Rock City" billboards and thought we were in Tennessee by mistake, but not, there is a Rock City, Kansas. We also saw advertising for the Eisenhower musuem in Abilene. We passed by Bob Dole's and Arlen Specter's hometown, which they share. Two astronauts also grew up in Kansas, and Amelia Earhart, who my mother, as a girl, saw at a train station in Chicago before she disappeared. She still regrets not asking for an autograph that day!
We ended up in Goodland, Kansas overnight at a KOA where we enjoyed hot showers and supper at "home." Cable TV, good internet access~~high livin' on the road.
We woke up to fog and misty rain, 17 miles from the Colorado state line.
I'm reading JoAnna Lund as we travel~her healthy choices CrockPot and Open Road Cookbooks.She had a TV show years ago from her DeWitt, Iowa farm kitchen. She'd ride her bike all over town~~kind of an early "midwestern" version of today's Paula Deen. We should be in Woodland Park, 8700 feet up from Colorado Springs by tonight. We started our oxygen drops today to combat altitude fatique which really hits us once we arrive.