On to Kansas and Junction City
Trip Start Jan 16, 2007
42Trip End May 18, 2007
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This was our travelling day after our great time in Vegas. Up early to get to the airport for a flight to Dallas in Texas which is a hub for major flights in the US and then onwards to Kansas City. Flights were good and we had stopover time in Dallas which is a very impressive modern airport and accentuated the point that there is so much land available in the US - how the planners and builders of Heathrow Terminal 5 would love to have this space to play with. They have an excellent monorail system serving all the terminals and once we knew we had time to spare Josh and Ian took a complete circuit of the monorail which takes about 25 minutes and gives you a brilliant view of the airport and the surrounding area as it runs above just about everything else.
We arrived at Kansas City at about 6pm and organised a hire car, then moved west to Topeka where we had spent most of our 3 weeks or so when adopting Josh back in 1999. We were able to find the same hotel so booked in for the night to show Josh where we spent his first few days of life.
Sunday 29th April - Josh returns to Junction City
After breakfast and trying out the hotels swimming pool it was time to move on to Josh's birthplace Junction City. It's about another 70 miles west of Topeka - long straight roads which not too much to see if you're honest - and then we arrived. After the obligatory stop at McDonalds for fries and coffee it was on to the hospital where Josh was born - Geary County Hospital - which like most things had changed quite a bit in the last 8 years. It's no longer a maternity hospital but an emergency department and a fairly quiet one. We went in and spoke to the staff briefly who vaguely remembered the maternity unit but that was about all, so took a few pictures and moved on. We found a park so that Josh could run off some steam for a while and then cruised around the downtown area for a while - it made Letchworth on a Sunday look positively vibrant it has to be said and we're not sure what kind of impression Josh is left with - only time will tell. On a more positive note we managed to book in to a motel overlooking the railroad - only long long freight trains but Josh loves them!