Day 236 – Loess Hills Scenic Byway


Well, I considered driving an extra 155 miles to Hamburg, IA last night so I could start off my day exploring Waubonsie State Park while it was slightly cool.  I’m so glad I didn’t do that for two reasons. Continue reading “Day 236 – Loess Hills Scenic Byway”


Day 235 – Missouri and Kansas


Jefferson City, Missouri

It was impossible to miss the capitol building in Jefferson City.  It dominates the skyline of Missouri’s quaint capital.  I spent a little time poking around, both inside and outside, and came up with another type of restroom available to me – government buildings.  Parks, Wal-Mart, restaurants, rest areas, and gas stations generally serve the purpose, but churches and government buildings have recently been added to the list! Continue reading “Day 235 – Missouri and Kansas”

Day 119 – Kansas East and West Part 2

Day 119 of Year Long Roadtrip Following Scenic Byways in the USA

Dodge City

Given I had heard of Dodge City but not Council Grove, I expected Dodge City to have significantly more historic sites.  I have to say, Council Grove’s tour provides a much better depiction of the Wild West, despite Dodge City’s acquired nicknames including Wickedest Little City in America, Buffalo Capital of the World, and Queen of the Cowtowns.

We started the morning out at Daylight Donuts.  It looked like a local place, and it was packed; most of the tables inside filled, a line at the counter, and a line at the drive through.  The “Chocolate Butterfly” seemed to be a popular choice among fellow patrons, so I ordered one of those, a standard glazed, and a cup of coffee to go.  My breakfast packed so many calories that I wasn’t even hungry again until almost 4 p.m., and I generally graze several times a day! Continue reading “Day 119 – Kansas East and West Part 2”

Day 118 – Kansas East and West

Day 118 of Year Long Roadtrip Following Scenic Byways in the USA

Council Grove, Kansas

I got a late start to the morning…my sleeping bag was warm…VANilla wasn’t!  Petey and I spent the morning taking the historic tour around Council Grove.  Council Grove played a key role in the growth of the Santa Fe Trail when a treaty signed in 1825 between the U.S. Commissioners and the Osage Indians resulted in free passage for Americans and Mexicans through Indian Territory in exchange for $800.  We intended to take a walking tour, but after about five minutes in the cold, windy elements, my frozen feet turned back to VANilla for a toasty warm drive. Continue reading “Day 118 – Kansas East and West”

Day 117 – Flint Hills Highlights

Day 117 of Year Long Roadtrip Following Scenic Byways in the USA

Today seemed incredibly busy…I hardly know where to begin…OK, how about this morning. After a restless night at Wal-Mart, Petey and I went for coffee and oatmeal at McDonald’s. I’m not sure why sleep escaped me last night, as I was exhausted. Perhaps I started out a little hot, and it was a little bright and noisy in the parking lot relative to yesterday’s campground. On the plus side, my internet connection was MUCH faster and I got to pick up a few provisions before we took a three hour drive to El Dorado, Kansas. Continue reading “Day 117 – Flint Hills Highlights”