Random Musings From the Road – Leg 3

LEG 3: KANSAS CITY TO DENVER

1. Why do gas stations have stickers on the pumps saying they don’t take checks? Is there really a demand for people paying with checks? I mean, even in the last ten years has there been a demand for people paying for gas with checks?

2. Between you and me, I love turnpikes. Yup, that’s right. I don’t even care that they cost money. I love that they have less traffic, easy on/off services, and no potholes. There are people out there who detest that they are toll roads and thus, refuse to drive on them. I, on the other hand, welcome their overarching hatred. It just leaves more open road for me.

3. Off the expressway in eastern Kansas is Fort Riley, I could actually see all of the tanks and military helicopters and things. I don’t think I’ve ever seen inside of a base before so it was kinda cool to me. Most of the ones I’ve driven past before have high walls around them.

4. Kansas is a tease. I went into it thinking that it was going to very boring and flat and a struggle to get through. Like Ohio. But then I started out on the eastern side with the turnpike (yay!) and transitioned into some not-so-flat landscapes. It all looked like a very promising day. I was excited thinking Kansas was going to surprise me. But no, then it went unbelievably flat and utterly boring.

5. The World’s Largest Ball of Twine is in Kansas. I saw it. It was the highlight of that stretch of driving. #sad

6. Driving across the country has made me realize how incredibly unoriginal we are with city names. Manhattan, Kansas anyone? How about Minneapolis, Kansas?

7. What’s with all the Pizza Huts in Kansas?

8. The wind farms in eastern Colorado are prettier than all the oil drills in Kansas.

9. I finished listening to Think Like a Freak on this leg and the authors economically confirmed my saying “Quit if its not any fun“. Happy I now have validation. Thanks guys.

10. 75 mph interstates. Yay!

Final thoughts… Avoid driving the width of Kansas if possible. If not possible, drive 75 mph and hurry through.