Kansas – The 26th State

Current Location: Salina KOA, Salina, Kansas

Well, it is the 26th state we’ve camped in, at least. Last night, we were looking at options for traveling from Wichita Falls to Colorado Springs, where we were planning on visiting friends and staying an extra night. The most direct route was on US 287, US 87 and US 64. The closest interstate route was back up I-44 to Oklahoma City, I-35 to Wichita, Kansas, I-135 to Salina, then I-70 west.

The latter route, though 200 miles longer, was the one we decided upon. The main reason for the longer interstate route was somewhat selfish in a way. Malcolm wanted to be able to add a Kansas sticker to our state map, which has been stagnant for almost a year at 25 states. The other reason was just a gut feeling about staying on interstates.

As it turns out, there is a really bad storm front rolling off the Rockies through Denver (which had tornadoes) and Colorado Springs. It plans to be sweeping down through that area, southern Kansas and into Oklahoma tomorrow. That would have had us right in the middle of it tomorrow since we would have been in the Amarillo area this evening. It would also put us driving through parts of it on the way into Colorado tomorrow afternoon.

We’ve decided to head on north on US 81 and catch interstates until we can join up with I-90 in the Iowa and South Dakota area. We’ll try to catch Colorado Springs on the way back through in a couple weeks. We would rather avoid a bunch of weather if we can.

After we got set up here, we headed down the road to the grocery store and picked up a few items and filled up the truck while we were there. The KOA here is pretty nice and very reasonably priced. They have a teepee you can stay in that is pretty neat.

Teepee

Teepee

Not many states on the license plate game today – 24. Must be the route. That, and we weren’t paying as much attention to plates today.

License Plates

License Plates

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