Thursday 29 May
Trip Start Apr 13, 2008
163Trip End Oct 27, 2008
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Well WHAT a night it was !!! wow!! It was ridiculously windy. We were rocking!! The vents were all rattling, the windows were shaking, we were hot and it was not nice. Holly was awake at 4 and we were soon after. The VW in front suddenly took off round the carpark, not sure why but we thought they might have panicked and left. But they came back shortly after and re-parked so maybe they just went to use the loo in the shop. Then the big RV behind us left and we lost our little bit of protection. It was horrendous! So we got up at 6, had a shower in the van, did some shopping and we were on the road by 7.30.
About 10 mins down the road and Holly and Zach had gone back to sleep!!!
We then entered Kansas and started feeling rather lintrepid and a little apprehensive because of the weather. We had been hearing stories of tornado warnings in the area and also thunder storms and heavy rain.
The wind was very strong, gusting to 50 miles per hour so driving was becoming very tricky. However we battled on to Garden City where we decided to stop for a bit.
The sky was clear and the temp. ws very high but the wind was still howling. It made me feel uneasy at the thought of spending another night somewhere exposed and windy.
We found an enormous public swimming pool simply called the "Big Pool". It WAS enormous and had been built in the thirties as a free public pool for the local community. The water was absolutely freezing unfortunately and so we didn't stay there long, plus there wasn't any shade for us either.
We then visited a small museum and had some lunch but there wasn't much else to keep us in this town so we left late afternoon.
Our next stop was Dodge City which was only another hour away.
Steve said it was the most stressful bit of driving so far as the wind was pushing us towards the centre of the road all the time and there were lots of trucks coming the opposite way too which made it worse
We finally arrived in famous Dodge City and we were very relieved to stop. We considered parking at walmart overnight but it really was too windy and too hot.
Steve sniffed out the city fairground/ rodeo grounds which often have a camping area that is not generally advertised as one. We found someone there who looks after the grounds who lives in an RV. She was lovely and charged us $15 for a site with power and we also had access to the showers etc. not posh but great for our needs. It also meant that we could run our air con. At night to keep cool.
It was still incredibly windy but we felt a lot happier here. We also had been told that there was a possibility of tornado warnings and this lady assured us she would come and get us should anything develop. We were told that we would need to run to the shower block to shelter from severe weather.
We went to sleep with the rather loud hum of the air con. But it was better that listening to the howling wind.