Across the Wide Missouri

Trip Start Feb 01, 2007
Trip End Aug 2007

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Thursday, February 1, 2007

Today is February 1st and we had a nice drive across Missouri and Kansas. Folks who've just flown over these two states may think the Midwest is flat, but it actually has very pretty rolling hills. During the summer the green fields are very attractive, but now they are just brown.
We decided to overnight at Colby, Kansas, since there was no way to reach Colorado Springs before late-late. Having more time, we detoured to Abilene Kansas for an hour, just to see the town.
Abilene was one of the major railheads on the Chisholm Trail. Cattle were driven from the Southwest to Abilene, and thence to the hungry East. Abilene is the site of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum. We didn't stop, but John has toured it and it is great. There also is an Independent Telephone Company Museum there. Since John spent 30 years in the independent telephony (i.e. - non-AT&T/Bell) world, he had a special interest there. Abilene is a nice town, with many pretty Victorian homes and mansions.
As we arrived in western Kansas, the snow started coming down. We stopped at the Holiday Inn Express overnight.
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