Day 6 - September 28, 1998
Kansas. And More Kansas.
Kansas - you can really feel the Wild West here: big ranches, cows, cowboys, cows, cowboy songs, more cows, you get the picture.
The day dawned cloudless and remained that way throughout - we've become believers in the Home On The Range lyrics. By mid-afternoon, the temperature was way up into the 80's, and it was just plain pleasant to be cruising along. The GTV continues to run flawlessly and is getting well over 25 MPG, despite being pushed over mountains and flung across deserts.
The western part of Kansas is totally flat, filled with factory farms (those huge green circles you see from the airplane when you fly over) and cattle yards (see below), punctuated by myriad railroad-track-side grain elevators. Those of us that live on the coasts should all feel very fortunate that we have this tremendously vast resource - the Midwest - that supplies us with all the food and fuel that we voraciously devour.
You may notice that several of the photos in today's chronicle are long and thin, very horizontal. That's because Kansas is long and thin, very horizontal. We actually stitched together (kind of grossly) several shots for you in order to get the point across.
This is where we went today
Beer(s) of the Day
Today, we discovered an outdoor sculpture park to end all outdoor sculpture parks. Smack in the middle of Kansas farm country, it was the last place we expected to find such exquisite objects of art! An extra added bonus is the piercing political wit that the artist possesses. First, here's a close-up view that lets you appreciate some of the finer details:
Then, click here for a panoramic picture to give you a feel for the magnitude of this extravaganza.
We've been keeping track of all the Alfas that we've encountered on the trip (starting from when we left Alfa Parts Exchange back in Hayward, CA), and will be posting the current total, with model names and years, every day! Here's the current tally:
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