On I-70, I cut the speed to 60 MPH resulting in much better fuel mileage into the stiff headwind. We stopped for fuel at a Pilot truck stop in Salina, Kansas. A little later, we exited the interstate and headed southwest on Kansas 156 to Great Bend where we made a pit stop at one of the original little Love's gas stations.
We continued towards Dodge City on US 50, the same highway that becomes The Loneliest Road out in Nevada. We had seen a large wind farm beside 156 and now we saw another in Spearville. Kansas was #3 in wind generated electricity in 2013 and it was easy to see why. I still am waiting to see an economic analysis of the true generating costs per kilowatt/hour compared to other energy sources.
The wheat harvest was underway. We saw a number of combines working as we drove by. When we reached Dodge City, the number of large grain elevators indicated that, instead of the rail head for cattle, this was now a rail head for grain.
There was no marked area for trailers or RV's at the Boot Hill Museum, so we parked next door at Montana Mike's Steakhouse and walked over. We looked in the Boot Hill Gift Shop but decided not to pay the $11.00 each to visit the store fronts. Instead, we took pictures from outside and then went to check out the steam locomotive at the Visitor Center.
It was 86F under sunny skies as we left Dodge City. As we drove along US 56, the terrain became more arid with dry creek beds common and irrigators walking across the fields. Desert plants like yuccas dotted the land that was not under irrigation. We left Kansas for Oklahoma where the pavement immediately became rougher. We also climbed until we crossed into New Mexico and Mountain Time just before the little town of Clayton (which was just shy of one mile above sea level).
The WiFi, which had been slow but adequate before we left for supper, crashed when we got back. I wasn't sure if the recent arrivals had decided to stream movies or what. I was about to give up when it went off-line. I think they rebooted because it came back up quick enough for me to get my photos for the day uploaded. Then I transcribed my notes, but I was tired again and didn't get any stories told. The finished blog entries were now three days behind which bothered me because the further the posts get behind, the harder it is to catch up. I'll try to get back on track soon.
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