After a good visit with my family and a healthy nights sleep, it was time to hit the road again. For the rest of this trip, we would slow down our pace a bit and take in the sights along the way.
We headed down highway 183 looking at all of the farmland and open skies. The incredible beauty of the country reminds me that I am nothing more than a grain of sand in the big picture of it all.
We grabbed highway 50 and headed to Dodge City Kansas. Most of us have heard of Dodge City, if for no other reason than the famous lawman Wyatt Earp. There is a lot of history in Dodge so we decided to stop at the Boot Hill Museum and check it out.
It did not disappoint, they have thousands of artifacts and a large variety of exhibits portraying the culture of the city’s early years. They even have a partial reconstruction of downtown Dodge City as it existed in 1876. This is a cool place to spend a couple of hours walking around and re-living history.
Almost failed our mission
We wrapped up our visit to Dodge and continued south towards Oklahoma. We had been given small “tasks” to complete along the way from our wives and one of those items was to get a patch from each state that we travel through. So far, my son and I had been successful in this task and had picked up patches from Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, and Kansas but this was going to prove to be very difficult in Oklahoma as we would only be going traveling about 40 miles before we hit Texas.
We pulled into a gas station to fuel up and I headed inside to see if they had any patches or at least a sticker that would count as my patch for traveling through. Of course they did not, so I paid for my gas and began walking back to the group to let them know that we were out of luck on anything from Oklahoma. Just as I was getting ready to tell the guys, a man pulled up in his pickup truck and informed me that he didn’t have a patch but he did have a ball cap that I could have! This complete stranger handed me his brand new Oklahoma University hat and drove away. He just saved me the embarrassment of telling the wife that I failed the mission! The absolute kindness of a complete stranger was an amazing thing to see.
In Texas already…
We left the gas station and continued on our way down to Texas. Just a bit more than 100 miles to go for the day and then we would call it a night.
We blew through a few small towns along the way just enjoying the sites and the freedom of the open road. It was nice to leave the hustle and bustle of our normal daily routines behind.
We couldn’t resist stopping in Liberal, Kansas to check out the “Gateway to Oz”. We took some pictures and were on our way again.
Soon we were pulling into Shamrock, Texas. We wanted to be sure that we could find a place to camp so we stopped at the local convenience store and asked where we could find a place to lay down for the night. Lucky for us the 40 RV Park was just up the road and they allowed tent camping…jokes on them since only one of us had a tent!
Once we had paid for our spaces, we needed to find some food! We shot back up the road a mile or so and found the “U Drop in Cafe” . The food was just okay, but the waitress was great!
When we were done eating we headed back to the campground to set up camp for the night. I laid a tarp on the ground and then rolled my motorcycle onto the edge of it. Then I took my second small tarp and zip tied it to my motorcycle. I then stretched it out and with a couple of screwdrivers pushed through the eyelets of both tarps…BAM, I had a tent!
My son and one of my brother in laws tied off to a tree to make a shelter while my other brother in law was smart enough to have a tent with him.
Soon after we finished setting up our camp, a man that was camping with his wife came over with a few beers for us. We thanked him and chatted about the day until it was time to get some sleep.
We had a few things that we wanted to do before we left Shamrock, but they would have to wait until morning.
With the rising of the sun we all jumped up and were ready to roll shortly thereafter. We decided to go back to the U drop Inn because it is also a early 30’s art deco building that has been fully restored. In addition, it was also one of the buildings used in the movie “Cars”. This building has incredible architecture that is a must see. If you are ever in Shamrock, do yourself a favor and take the time to stop by.
Next we headed off to find the piece of the original Blarney Stone. Once we found it, we all had to kiss the Blarney Stone to receive our gift of eloquence.
After visiting the Blarney Stone, one of the brother in laws had to break off and head back to Kansas. Those darn jobs keep getting in the way of doing what we want to! With that, us remaining 3 headed for Albuquerque, New Mexico to see what we could discover along the way. But I will save that for the next post.
Until then keep the shiny side up.