Another bright, sunny, windy, warm day
dawned here in western Kansas. The KOA campground
offered a nice home cooked breakfast, so the three of us
partook. It was very nice, the wife of the couple who
own the place cooked up pancakes, sausage, eggs,
whatever ou wanted, with fresh coffee, toast and so on.
It was very nice. We grabbed a bunch of tourist
souvenirs as well when we were finished, and then got
back on the road. Today was going to be fairly boring,
travel wise, there was nothing in the immediate future
for us to see, we didn't have the time to make any long
stops or side trips, it was just get on the road and put
the hammer down. It was also deadly boring, as
anticipated. The heat never let up, neither did the
wind. We stopped for lunch in Abilene, home of Dwight
Eisenhower, and Melissa got not one, but TWO orders of
curly fries that were both overdone and cooked to a
crisp, even after taking the first set back to the
counter. But we didn't have the energy to complain
any more, so we left them on the table and got back on
I-70. Kansas City was unremarkable, we just
breezed through or around it and headed in to Missouri.
Finally, there was some slight rolling hills and
elevation changes as we came through western Missouri.
Late in the afternoon, as Hal was driving, we started to
hear the air conditioning compressor belt squeal like to
drive you crazy. We'd had the AC on all day, both the
dash AC driven by the engine, and the roof unit driven
by the generator, cooling the interior of the RV.
Hal couldn't hear the squealing belt at all, and we even
pulled over near KC to check things out, but the belt
held on, and the AC stayed cool, so we just kept on
going. Squeal and all. Finally towards 6PM, we
came up the famous (to us, anyway) Midway Truck Stop in
the middle of Missouri. This place had been the subject
of a dozen or so reality TV episodes a year or so back,
and we were curious to see the place. Not much.
The glamour of TV had not rubbed off. We took a look
around, browsed through the gift shop, and left.
Our stop for the night was in Columbia, at the large
Cottonwoods RV Center. It was a nice place, we found a
good spot to pull through, made and ate dinner, and
walked around a bit. We were next to a small airport
where there were fireworks advertised, so once it got
dark we sat around and watched them, and then went to
bed. The hot and muggy day had just taken it out of us.
I took very few pictures today, since Kansas looked the
same as it did yesterday, and Missouri wasn't THAT