May 15: I must write today because we have covered so much territory that I can’t even keep up. Usually I post a photo of the flower in Stewball‘s bud vase, but this seemed more appropriate for today. Since we left Memphis, we have crossed Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas and now we are in Colorado. How can I remember the hotel room number, when I can’t even keep track of the state I’m in!
Last night was Dodge City, Kansas. Yup, the real Dodge City, the wildest of the early frontier towns and still a major shipping point for Longhorn cattle. This town was cleaned up by Bat Masterson and Wyatt Earp back in the frontier days. We stayed here on our World Race 2011 in the very funky Dodge House Hotel. The interior has stage sets from old westerns. Definitely not your typical Holiday Inn. We had a very long day, 500 miles through Arkansas and Kansas. Mostly a lot of straight roads through corn and wheat fields. Makes you want to burst into songs from Oklahoma. I did get the laundry done.
Now today was different. We covered the rest of Kansas and then entered Colorado. This was not such a long day, but now we are on Mountain time and while dinner is at 8:00 as usual, it is really 9:00 our stomach time. We ran a “regularity timed trial” which means you must cover the distance, at a given speed (this speed was 40 mph) on the second. We started out well, we were 3 seconds early on the first segment. But this was just the first of three segments and we don’t know how we did on the other two. No scores posted yet. This was at least better than our first regularity trial. I didn’t miss a turn this time and the road conditions were better. We know one car didn’t finish on time because they had a flat tire, no other reports of accidents. The car problems today were mostly related to vapor lock due to high altitude and hot weather. Stewball was among them so Ed leaned out the fuel mixture after we got in. Tomorrow Stewball should be happier.
Tonight we are in Colorado Spring at the beautiful Cheyenne Mountain Resort. Definitely out of prairie land. Tomorrow we are in Colorado the entire day. The night stop will be Durango. I think we go up Pikes Peak but I’ll let you know tomorrow.