September 14, 20
We headed out of Steamboat Springs early in the morning. On a side note, we were in a what-not shop in town, when the couple next to us was telling the clerk they were from Florida. So we asked them where they were from, no not Palmira, just up the road in Fort Meyers Beach. Nice folks who were traveling around the country. Anyway, back to the trip log. We headed North over Rabbit Ears Pass toward Denver. You reach over 11 thousand feet before you start your decent into Denver. The rest of the day was spent traveling through the high plains of Colorado and Kansas. You leave the mountains behind, with their golden aspens in full color, to the flat plains with their huge farms of crops and cattle. It appears that the farmers are subsidizing their income with oil and gas drilling. Again, they all seem to coexist nicely with farming, cattle and wildlife all sharing the same area. We also saw row after row of wind mills, some turning some stationary. The landscape gradually changes from flat to rolling hills before we arrived in Junction City Kansas. It’s just West of Topeka. After having another Garmin I Pad discussion, we managed to find a place to eat. The first two places were closed and number three was a great find, Coach’s. The special was a 14oz New York Strip, baked potato, salad and veggies for 14 dollars. I would have asked for a doggie bag but we are traveling and you just have to suck it up and eat the whole damn thing. I did leave some veggies, just so the waitress wouldn’t think I was a complete hog. Annette had the Rib Eye and there was no doggie bag to be found. So it’s off to the hotel for a goodnights sleep. Did we bring the Tums?
September 15, 2012
We left Kansas heading through Missouri to Arkansas our destination for the next two days. We are staying at a Wyndham Resort at Fairfield Bay, near Shirley. Shirley has three paved streets and no facilities, just to give you the picture of where we are. That’s what you get when you are in the Ozark Mountains. Does Deliverance ring a bell? The ride here would have been great, except for the rain and fog that we drove through most of the day. We are at the condo and it’s still raining and still foggy and it doesn’t look to good for tomorrow. We’ll keep the faith and hopefully it will clear. Well, it’s wine time, and maybe even martini time. Sorry Noel and Mary, that bottle of Gin we had earmarked for Blue Ridge, might be in jeopardy. Oh by the way, all those jokes you get about red necks living in Missouri and Arkansas; they are not jokes, they are all true stories. I know you are replaying all those images in your mind. We are settled in, snacking and wining. The condo is really nice. It has two bedrooms with a wraparound deck and a fireplace in the livening room. Quite cozy if I say so myself and when the fogs lifts I’ll let you know about the view.
Bob and Annette.