Where in the Hays are we?

Trip Start Apr 12, 2009
Trip End Apr 25, 2009

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Americas Best Value Inn

Flag of United States  , Kansas
Monday, April 20, 2009

We arrived in Hays, KS at 3:00am. We went to bed. We woke up. Gave Eliza a bath. Now we're leaving. Not much to say about Hays since we arrived in the darkness and are leaving now. I imagine it's surrounded by corn. Will update this post if I'm wrong.

We're headed to Kansas City, KS to visit with Hannah's college friend, Megan. Eric can't wait to have barbeque.

We stopped at Schilecci's Bakery and Deli for breakfast, which was not owned by anyone named Schilecci or anyone close to looking like a Schilecci.  It was in fact, owned by a local Vietnamese family that sold mostly Vietnamese dishes as well as cinnamon and pecan rolls.

Update 1: There was a huge fire that covered about 40 miles of the interstate in smoke.  Apparently this is not a big enough deal to make the news in Kansas because 40 miles of burned land is equal to about one person's front yard.

Update 2: The cheapest gas we've seen has been $1.89 per gallon in, you guessed it, Kansas.  The most expensive gas?  $2.39 in Santa Barbara.

Update 3: Hannah says that parts of Kansas remind her of upstate NY.  Having once received a speeding ticket in upstate NY and accidentally reaching 88 mph on one part of the highway in Kansas, I can see what she means.

Update 4: Parts of Kansas were interesting -- there'd be an adult store right off the interstate with huge advertising signs and right in front of it would be an even bigger billboard that said "Jesus Heals. Pornography Destroys."

Update 5: Update 4 reminded me of southeastern Colorado, where we saw huge signs saying "Our Family. Our Homes. Our Heritage. Stop Pinyon Canyon Expansion." but we couldn't see a single building for hours upon hours. I thought this had to be the worst case of Not In My Back Yard syndrome where some developer wanted to put up a gas station on someone's property, but it actually turns out that the Army wants to triple the size of one of it's bases out there so that it'd take up about 650,000 acres.  Now I can see what they meant.
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