Two days, four states


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!

In front of the Dodge House Hotel

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.

Jan

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About ejhowle23

Authors and adventurers, participated in the World Race 2011, an automobile rally from New York to Paris, crossing three continents and 14,000 land miles. Following much the same route as the setting for our debut novel, The Long Road to Paris. This blog describes our own adventures and challenges. And now you can follow our Bahamas sailing adventure that provides the setting for our second novel, Night Watch. Our rally, the African Safari Challenge, crossed five countries in South Africa in May 2014 and in 2015 we participated in the second Trans-American rally this time from Nova Scotia to San Francisco. Spring of 2016 we travelled 28 days around Australia with friends from previous rallies and in the fall participated in our most exhausting rally through Argentina, Chili and Peru- the Rally of the Incas. We were awarded the Against All Odds award. We're still not sure if this was for us or our car. Stewball never broke down and we hardly did. We will soon take on Iceland as a self-drive tour and in the fall of 2017 we will participate in the Odyssey Italia and then back to Africa for a do-over (almost) of the Africa Safari Challenge.
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One Response to Two days, four states

  1. TBC says:

    And I’ve been behind, too, in commenting. While you’ve been heading westward, we headed Down East, the one in Maine, that is.

    Arkansas is a fascinating, and as you note, varied state. Did you get to see the amazing springs where millions of gallons bubble out of the ground?

    I loved Dodge City. What a hoot that place is.

    Durango, Silverton, the pass over Red Mountain, Ouray, are all really cool places that I am sure you will enjoy. Can’t wait to hear about them.

    Meanwhile, Take care, and drive safely!

    TBC and Arnie

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